The best makeup looks all start with the same base – a flawless face. No matter how dramatic your eyes or striking your lips or contouring, if your skin is not looking even and healthy, it will take away all the attention. You’re not looking for a mask, though – you simply want uneven skin tone to be blended out, undereye circles to be minimized and any redness or blemishes to be concealed.
There are a few products that can help you achieve smooth-looking skin, but how do you know what to choose between foundation, tinted moisturiser, BB cream and CC cream? We delve in deep and choose our best ones to buy right now.
A heavier coverage in a thicker formulation that helps hide blemishes and skin unevenness. You can also choose the finish that suits your skin type, for instance if you have dry skin, don’t opt for a matte or powder formula, which are better suited to oily skins.
Best for: Fuller coverage
Pros: Gives flawless skin, lasts longer than other products, comes in a wide variety of shades
Cons: Can look heavy if not blended properly
Shop our favourite foundations:
Ilia SF1 Formentera True Skin serum foundation
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter foundation
This is a great choice for a no-makeup makeup look, when you want to look polished but not overdone. Think beach days, or for those times your skin is looking great on its own and you just want a hint of color. Tinted moisturiser does not replace your regular moisturiser – it just adds an extra layer of hydration.
Best for: A natural look
Pros: Feels lightweight on the skin
Cons: Doesn’t provide enough coverage for problem-prone skin
Shop our favourite tinted moisturisers:
Bobbi Brown Nude Finish tinted moisturizer
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
Blemish balm, beauty balm, BB cream… whatever you call it, this Korean beauty favourite is a must for your skin wardrobe. BB creams give fuller coverage than tinted moisturisers, but not as much as foundations – plus they generally have the added benefit of skincare ingredients like antioxidants.
Best for: A glowy, healthy finish
Pros: Combines skincare with coverage
Cons: Generally don’t come in a wide variety of shades
Shop our favourite BB creams:
MAC Prep + Prime beauty balm
3Ina the BB cream
CC stands for “colour corrective” or “colour control” which means CC creams are perfect if you want to even out any blotchiness, redness or slight hyperpigmentation. You can also use a CC cream under foundation to help even out any discolouration.
Best for: Uneven skin tones
Pros: Helps reduce the appearance of redness
Cons: Not usually available in a wide range of shades
Shop our favourite CC creams:
Erborian CC crème
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ illumination