How to Choose the Right BB Cream for Darker Skin Tones

How to Choose the Right BB Cream for Darker Skin Tones

How to Choose the Right BB Cream for Darker Skin Tones

BB creams seem to be all the rage nowadays and we’ve been getting a lot of questions about them like what are they, how do you use them, what is the best BB cream for darker skin tones, etc. etc. Well wonder no more. I’ve put together a quick guide on BB creams so women of color don’t miss out on the benefits of using them. Whether you wear make up or you prefer the au naturel look, find out if BB creams are right for you!

What are BB creams?

First things first…What is it? “Beauty balm” or “blemish balm” is an all-in-one cosmetic product that hydrates and conceals the skin. It also serves as sunscreen and reduces the appearance of aging. German and Asian women have benefited from this product since the 50s and 80s. Replacing foundation, BB creams acts as primer and moisturizer. For women with darker skin, our skin has melanin–which prevents severe sunburn and aging. With the use of BB cream, it can set the clock back even further in the aging process, and it helps even out your skin tone after pimples go away. Some consider it a miracle.

Why should I use a BB cream?

BB cream enhances your natural, “no makeup look”. Thin and tinted, it won’t clog your pores and conceals all types of skin imperfections: pigmentation, discoloration, acne, and other blemishes. Its healing properties soften and refine skin to create and maintain, more youthful skin.

Which one is the best? Where can I buy BB creams?

Looking for a BB cream for dark skin? There are two ways to determine which cream will suit your beauty needs: reviews and ingredients. Depending on the brand, SPF levels (for UV protection) will vary; and cream depends on skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, uneven). Customer reviews are real-time, real-world testimonies for which work best for certain cosmetic needs. When considering ingredients, look for natural and effective ingredients. Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C rejuvenate the skin and produce collagen.

Maybelline’s BB cream was considered one of the ‘Best of BB Creams’ (2012). Addressing the cosmetic needs of dark skin beauties, Iman launched a diverse BB cream collection last year. Estee Lauder caters to “mature beauties” who benefit from its anti-aging component. Garnier has a highly moisturized formula that soothes and saturates dry skin.

How, or when, do I wear a BB cream?

If you want a polished look, but as light and natural as possible, BB cream gives your skin a refreshed, youthful look. It’s all-in-one benefit gives you the option to apply it once. You apply it the same as you would with foundation, but you can also wear it alone.  Check out some of the tried and true BB creams for darker skin below.

Cool Vid! I’m GLOWING! Maybelline’s BB Cream

Find a BB Cream for Darker Skin Tones

Love or hate BB creams? Found a great BB cream for darker skin tones? Tell us in the comments below!

About the author

Megan M

Parent of one and a freelance writer, Megan is obsessed with pampering and purpose. She finds ways you can DIY, stay in shape, achieve the look without a label, and make your eyes and nails ‘pop’ like your favorite celebrity. Follow her on Twitter @MokaExec