A Guide to the Best BB & CC Creams for Summer!


As the weather heats up, it’s time to store away your heavy foundations and swap them for lightweight BB and CC creams. Last year was the unofficial BB cream revolution, but this summer, brands are coming out with even more specific versions to cater to all skin types. These multitasking wonders do it all: provide breathable coverage, protect your skin, provide hydration…and much more! Read on for our top ten picks, ranging from the drugstore to innovative Korean imports.

        Garnier BB Cream

Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream is a fraction of the price of many other options at an affordable ten dollars, but works just as well. Packed with brightening and hydrating vitamin C, skin looks radiant and smooth with just a dollop of this cream, without ever looking shiny. This lightweight BB also has SPF 15, so you can feel comfortable stepping into the sun. ($10)

Dr. Jart Dis-A-Pore

Say goodbye to pores thanks to Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm! This innovative BB cream was created for combination to oily skin, and conceals (and treats!) pores and blemishes. The only downside is it’s only available in one shade (for fair to light skin tones). If you want to try it, but have a darker skin tone, consider mixing it with another BB or tinted moisturizer. ($36)

Clinique Age Defense BB

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream is full of antioxidants with anti-aging prevention. This featherweight BB cream also has SPF protection and enough coverage to conceal any imperfections. Plus, since it’s Clinique, you can be sure that it won’t irritate sensitive skin. ($37)


Cushion compacts are all the rage right now, and Laneige’s BB Cushion is at the forefront of the trend. With an unbelievable SPF of 50, this powerful compact will protect your skin, while hydrating and covering it. Pop it in your bag and take it with you on-the-go for touchups. ($34)

Giorgio Armani CC Moisturizer

Luminous is right there in the name, so you know what you’re getting with Giorgio Armani’s Luminessence CC Moisturizer. As a CC, this provides slightly more coverage than BBs, thought it’s still extremely lightweight. Packed with jojoba and macadamia nut oils, this cream gives skin a rosy, healthy glow. You’ll look fresh-faced, even if you’re exhausted! ($52)

Stila Bronzing BB Cream

Didn’t get a chance to head to the beach this summer? Fake a bronze glow with Stila’s 10-In-One HD Bronzing Beauty Balm. It’s like an instant tan in a tube. A little goes a very long way, but this cream is unbelievable for anyone looking for a radiant sun kissed look. ($38)

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

Maybelline’s line of BB creams is one of the best at the drugstore, and the Dream Fresh BB Cream is no exception. Perfect for anyone who wants to achieve that ‘no makeup makeup’, super dewy look, this lightweight BB blurs imperfections, brightens and evens skin tone and provides major hydration. ($9)

Smashbox CC

Want foundation-level coverage without that heavy feeling? Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream is for you! This color correcting cream will cover up any blemish you may have, while preventing further discoloration. It’s amazing if you have dark sports or acne marks. ($42)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer is for people on the other end of the skincare spectrum. If you have nearly flawless skin (lucky you!), but still want a bit of coverage, go with a ultra-lightweight tinted moisturizer. Laura Mercier’s oil-free moisturizer provides a sheer wash of color and SPF 20 protection that’s made it a cult classic.

Gerard Cosmetics BB

If you love a glow, you MUST try Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Creme. It will make you radiate like no other. Keep in mind, though, that this product is intense. I recommend mixing it in with another BB or tinted moisturizer to keep you looking glow-y, not shiny.

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