Though BB creams have been around for what seems to be a decade (and in fact, in Asia they have) I’m only recently discovering their power. As a big fan of anything that will allow me to get out the house in 10 minutes but with a face that won’t alarm small children, it’s perfect.
BB cream is a multi-tickbox formula that offers moisture, primer, foundation and concealer in one. It’s a one-stop solution that allows you to get rid of multiple steps in your skincare regime. I’ve been wearing No7’s version, which comes in a couple of variations of skin type and colour and is a pretty reasonable £12.95. It works best for me worn over my day moisturiser (currently Cowshed’s Quinoa Hydrating Daily moisturiser) in tandem with MAC’s Select Cover-Up.
Here’s what it does for me. Be kind, the first photo is an early morning makeup-free one:
You can see I have blemishes on my cheeks and chin, as well as under-eye shadows and yellow-tinged skin to my eye area. You can’t see so well the pores on my nose (which are rather large). Check those forehead lines: any friendly Botox companies want to offer me some free treatments? No? I might go for a fringe instead.
Here’s my face post-BB cream application and pre-anything else. You can see how it’s really evened out my skin tone and just made things look a little brighter. It looks like I’ve instantly had 5 hours sleep and gives good base for the rest of my short makeup routine.
And here’s the finished product. See how excited I look at not having crappy skin tone anymore? On top of the BB cream I’ve used my MAC select coverup, BeneFit’s Brow Zings, BeneFit’s Coralista blusher, BeneFit’s Bad Gal Lash mascara and Eight Hour Cream on my lips.
So there it is: the 10 minute face that includes BB cream, the veritable miracle worker. As soon as they bring one out that irons out those creases on my forehead I will be tattooing No7’s logo on myself.