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What is BB Cream?

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BB Cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm and is a daily 5in1 moisturiser with mineral pigments to add tint. This skincare trend started in Asia and was then adapted for use in everyday beauty routines; it was originally brought to the masses in the UK by Garnier. Its formula has a number of skincare benefits and a light consistency.

What does BB cream do?

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Not all BB creams do the same thing – some of them have different skin care focuses. In general, they all provide hydration to the skin; they even skin tone and have some degree of SPF protection. Specifically, Garnier BB Creams have 5 main functions; they hydrate, illuminate, even, cover and provide UV protection.

What are the benefits of BB Cream?

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BB Creams combine a number of skincare benefits into one formula – a great way to declutter your make-up bag! BB creams unify complexion, reduce the appearance of imperfections, contain illuminating properties and provide all important UV protection (SPF 15) to help protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun. As well as all of this, they also allow your skin to breathe and provide a natural healthy looking glow.

BB cream or foundation?

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Which one you choose depends on what you’re looking for. BB cream and foundation are similar in the sense that they both even your complexion, but there are differences between them. BB cream has a lighter texture and can be more hydrating for your skin and offers SPF protection, unlike many foundations. However, foundation can offer extra coverage and there is usually a broader range of shades to choose from so you could be more likely to find your exact match.

But remember, it doesn’t need to be a straight choice when it comes to BB and foundation; you can use both by applying BB cream first and your foundation on top.

Is Garnier BB Cream suitable for vegans?

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Yes, all of our BB creams are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

How to apply BB Cream

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Apply a pea size dot of BB cream to each of your 5 key facial areas: your forehead, nose, chin and each of your cheeks. From there, blend it out using your fingertips, a brush or a sponge. If you want more coverage, simply build up the layers repeating the application technique.

If you usually wear foundation, apply the BB cream beforehand as it provides a great make-up base. For a full demonstration, watch our video tutorial on BB cream application by Holly Willoughby’s make-up artist Patsy O’Neill.

Difference between BB cream and CC cream?

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Where BB stands for Beauty Balm/Blemish Balm, CC stands for Colour Corrector. This means that CC cream is more focused on concealing, aims to reduce the appearance of redness or other colour irregularities. CC cream also provides more solid coverage, whereas BB cream has a lighter coverage and is better suited to covering minor imperfections.

Is BB cream foundation?

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The straight answer is that no, BB cream is not foundation. BB cream is similar to a tinted moisturiser with added benefits. It also has a different coverage level compared to foundation.

BB cream: before and after

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After applying BB cream, skin tone is evened and skin looks brighter and more radiant.


Before BB Cream


After BB Cream