What it is: BB cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. This offers slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, yet gives you the same airy, lightweight feel. It usually contains a higher dose of SPF and is loaded with ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins typically found in skincare.
Why it’s great: A multitasking beauty product makes it easy to get #UpNOut, and there’s nothing quite like a BB cream. It not only addresses specific concerns like anti-aging, redness and acne, but you don’t even need a mirror to apply the super blendable (read: forgiving) formula. “It’s for the girl who has a busy or really active lifestyle, but still wants to take care of their skin,” says Davis. Plus, it works on any skin type.
What to consider: The shades aren’t as broad as liquid foundations, so sometimes the color can look off if it’s not blended properly. “And because of the higher SPF content, it can almost give off a slightly gray-ish tint,” says Davis.
Products: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water ($42), Estée Lauder DayWear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35 ($42), DTRT Boys Be Bold BB SPF 25 ($24)