Best BB Creams
BB Creams - Every Mum's Make-Up Bag Should Have One
If you haven't yet popped one of these little bombshells into your make up bag, then what are you waiting for?
BB creams - or 'blemish balms' - first gained popularity in Korea, where they account for 13 % of all make-up sales. They're a clever dual-purpose blend of cosmetic and skincare. In one handy tube, you get a ready-to-wear multi-magic mix of primer, foundation, concealer, skincare and UV protection.
They're designed to be worn alone or under your normal foundation - and are set to become the make-up-must-have over here in the UK
I must admit, I'm totally hooked on every one of the little darlings I've tried.
They give an all-natural, light coverage that sits comfortably on the skin. Moisturising without any hint of oiliness - for me - they make foundations feel a thing of the past, too paint-like and heavy.
I'd go so far as to say that every busy mother should give BB creams a go. Don't tell anyone, but you could even probably apply these natural blends in ultimate haste without even looking in the mirror,.a plus for every hassled no-hands-free mum with baby or toddler in tow,.
Here's my pick of five favourites, with something to suit every budget:
Best BB Creams
Contains multi-polarised pigments that brighten the complexion and plenty of antioxidants to keep wrinkles at bay.
L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream, £9.99 www.boots.com
This one comes out of the tube white, but don't be put off. It releases 'smart pigment capsules' on contact with your skin, magically adjusting colour and coverage to your skintone.
17 BB Blemish Balm, All in One Magic Make Up, SPF25, £6.99, www.boots.com
Fantastically priced, this blends seamlessly into the skin and comes in fair and medium shades. If you don't want to part with too much cash before giving BBs a go, this is the one to try.
No 7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream, SPF15, plus 5* UVA technology, £15, www.boots.com.
The great thing about this cream is that it comes in three variations - for Normal/Oily, Normal/Dry and Dry/Very Dry skin types - and gives a lovely beautifully-bare look. Great anti-ageing properties too.
Estee Lauder DayWear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream, £32 from Estee Lauder counters nationwide or www.esteelauder.co.uk
Soft, comfortable coverage with a refreshing cucumber scent, packed with 'skin superfood' anti-oxidants to protect your complexion from the environment.
By Kim Jones - Our Beauty Editor