Your Guide to BB & CC Creams
BB and CC creams are my absolute go-to for everyday makeup. Sheerer than foundation yet with greater coverage than a tinted moisturiser, they are actually the key to naturally glowing and flawless skin, so I've put together this guide to all of the best natural BB creams and CC creams.
Sometimes I honestly hate the heavy feel of foundation, and a tinted moisturiser never gives enough coverage for my liking. That is why natural BB creams and CC creams are the absolute best option for anyone who loves that no-makeup feel as much as I do. They just feel weightless on your skin, like a beautiful moisturiser, but they offer much more coverage than a tinted moisturiser. I find that they are also much easier to apply than foundation — I just blend in with fingers or a damp makeup blender sponge and my base is done in seconds!
What is BB cream?
The "BB" in BB cream actually stands for Beauty Balm. BB creams are designed to deliver the skin with rich skin care benefits, like a tinted moisturiser, however the coverage is somewhere between a tint and a traditional foundation. Natural BB creams work to even out the complexion, offer buildable coverage (ranging from sheer to full), and give the skin a beautiful glow to keep it looking hydrated and feeling youthful.
What is CC cream?
"CC" stands for Colour Correcting, so CC creams are better for anyone looking to conceal redness, pigmentation or age spots without the heavy feeling of a full coverage foundation. CC creams feel as weightless as their BB counterparts, although they've been formulated specifically with colour correction in mind so they offer that bit more coverage.
Best Natural BB Creams
100% Pure BB Cream
One of my all-time favourite natural BB creams is the bestselling 100% Pure BB Cream. This natural BB cream gives the skin a beautiful glow thanks to light diffusing pigments, while a blend of nourishing goodies like Jojoba and Shea Butter work to soothe and moisturise skin. This creamy formula is perfect for everyday wear as it actually provides medium to full coverage and also has SPF25 sun protection. Available in three shades: 10 Luminous, 20 Aglow and 30 Radiance.
Weleda Beauty Balm Tinted Day Cream
The Weleda Beauty Balm Tinted Day Cream is a great option for anyone with slightly oilier skin as it works to mattify the complexion while concealing any blemishes. Offering sheer to light coverage, it's rich in Jojoba and Olive oils to help hydrate the skin, while organic Witch Hazel works to balance the skin's oil production. Choose from two shades, Nude or Bronze.
Lily Lolo BB Cream
Another great everyday formula is the Lily Lolo BB Cream, which contains mineral pigments for a sheer wash of colour which helps to even out skin tone and blur imperfections. This lightweight formula is also boosted with naturally skin-firming and anti-ageing ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Pomegranate and Hyaluronic Acid. It comes in three shades — Fair, Light and Medium.
Mineral Fusion Perfecting Beauty Balm
The Mineral Fusion Perfecting Beauty Balm is a beautiful all-rounder BB cream, enriched with moisturising ingredients like Aloe, Rosehip and White Tea to provide lasting hydration, while natural mineral pigments provide ultra-sheer coverage designed to perfect skin tone, minimise pores and disguise fine lines. This formula provides a satiny matte finish and is available in one shade, designed to adjust to most skin tones. Also available in an Illuminating formula, which gives a more luminous, dewy finish.
Inika Certified Organic BB Cream
A wonderfully buildable formula is the Inika Certified Organic BB Cream, which actually functions as a moisturiser, primer and foundation all in one and gives light to medium coverage. This nourishing formula contains antioxidant, vitamin and mineral-rich ingredients like Avocado, Jojoba, Pear and Pomegranate to help give skin a luminous finish and leave it feeling soft and hydrated all day long. Available in six shades: Porcelainn, Nude, Cream, Beige, Honey and Tan.
Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream
The Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream is another beautiful multi-purpose BB cream, washing the skin in a sheer, dewy glow and keeping it hydrated all day and night thanks to ultra-hydrating Desert Date Oil, which is packed with essential fatty acids to soften and moisturise tired skin. This silky smooth, lightweight and non-greasy formula gives sheer to light coverage, and is designed to blur pigmentation and fine lines. It's also suitable for all skin types and offers SPF8 sun protection from mineral ingredients. This formula comes in five shades: 01 Porcelain,02 Soft Sand, 03 Nude Beige, 04 Natural Tan and 05 Golden Tan.
Best Natural CC Creams
Madara Organic Skincare Anti-Pollution City CC Cream SPF15
If you're looking for a natural colour corrector, you'll love the Madara Organic Skincare Anti-Pollution City CC Cream SPF15. Formulated to help correct everything from dullness and redness to pigmentation and age spots, this silky CC cream has been scientifically proven to help protect the skin from the environmental stress, pollution and free-radical damage thanks to its powerful, antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Green Tea, Oak Bark and Grapeseed Extracts. It gives flawless, natural coverage and comes in two shades, Light Beige and Medium Beige.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses® Colour + Correct SPF 30
Another beautiful option and personal favourite of mine is the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses® Colour + Correct SPF 30, which uses Alpine Rose stem cell science to help boost skin cell regeneration and natural mineral pigments to mattify skin, provide sheer coverage and also offer SPF30+ sun protection. This hydrating formula gives sheer coverage for a flawless finish, and comes in two colour choices — Sheer Nude or Sheer Tan.