Everything You Need To Know About BB Cream

BB cream is not a new make-up product on the market; it has been around for years. It's a lightweight product that’s great for those hot summer months and loved by many. You’ve probably heard it raved about for its lightweight feel on the skin, avoiding the dreaded ‘cake face’ and achieving a more natural make-up look. But BB cream is so much more than that…

So what is BB cream? ‘BB' stands for 'beauty balm', which is a product with slightly more coverage than a typical tinted moisturiser but generally with the added bonus of SPF and priming qualities. If you're searching for answers, look no further. 

What Do You Use BB Cream For?

Many people prefer to use BB creams instead of foundation since they provide considerably lighter, more natural looking coverage than a traditional foundation.

BB creams are a great makeup staple for the days when you want a little bit of coverage. They’re perfect for working from home, running to the shops or heading to the gym. They even out your skin tone without the heaviness of foundation, allowing your skin to breathe.

As an all in one skincare and makeup product, BB creams are great for a quick on the go look when you’re short on time! By acting as a moisturiser, primer, and foundation in one, you’ll be out the door in no time at all.

Because of their light formula, BB creams give a much more natural finish than standard foundation, which is especially useful in the summer when you want to achieve that no-makeup glow without the heaviness of foundation. 

How To Apply BB Cream

BB creams are easy to apply, as the product melts into your skin just as your moisturiser would. Simply use the warmth of your fingers or a damp beauty blender to work the product into the skin - no brushes or hours of blending needed!

BB Cream Or Foundation

Foundation has been a staple in everyone’s make-up bag for years and is praised for its ability to cover up any marks, dark circles and imperfections on your skin, creating a flawless base for the rest of your make-up. But how is BB cream different from foundation?

Generally, the key differences between BB cream and foundation is the coverage and benefits to the skin.

The purpose of a foundation is to provide coverage. It's thick and can feel a little heavy on the skin. BB cream on the other hand, is both light in weight and coverage. It's made to look natural, so it doesn’t always hide scars or imperfections. If you want to achieve the overall natural finish of a BB cream with the coverage of a foundation, you can spot-conceal with your favourite concealer. This will achieve that no-makeup makeup look - your skin, but better!

BB creams can be used as a skincare product, balancing out skin tone, reducing wrinkles and skin imperfections, moisturising and protecting your skin from UV rays. Unlike most foundations, BB creams contain SPF, so you can protect yourself from the sun's damaging rays whilst evening out your skin tone.

These properties aren't generally found in most foundations. They simply cover the skin, giving it a smoother appearance without improving the health of the skin underneath it. 

But the great thing about foundation is their incredible shade ranges. There is a wide range of specific skin tones from which to choose. However, BB creams are only available in a few basic shades, such as fair, medium, and dark. This can make it more difficult for people to find a BB cream that works for them and their skin tone. 

What If You Could Combine The Two?

The Jane Iredale  Mineral BB Cream Full Coverage Foundation combines everything good about the two to produce this amazing all in one product. It’s a full coverage BB cream which lets you achieve your desired natural glow without the heaviness of foundation.

Mineral BB Foundation

The innovative Jane Iredale  BB cream Full coverage foundation  provides full coverage with the light BB cream feel. Just like a traditional BB cream, it contains SPF 25 or SPF 17* broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection and is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen.

The formula is designed to not only improve the immediate appearance of the skin, but to gradually improve the skin’s health with everyday wear, minimising the appearance of pores, disguising fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing and brightening your skin. 

Foundation Before and After

But the best part? It comes in multiple shades, with shades ranging from very light with neutral tones todeep rich chocolate brown with red/gold undertones, there’s truly something for everybody!”

From multitasking natural mineral makeup to healthy skin care formulas,  Jane Iredale UK creates clean beauty products that are as good for the skin as they are beautiful to wear. Check out our full range of skin-loving makeup here.