Now that BB creams
—short for blemish or beauty balm—are a bona fide hit, cosmetics companies are moving down the alphabet: More than a dozen CC creams—short for color or complexion correcting—have launched this spring. Like BBs, they include sunscreen and moisturizers, but "CCs offer more pigment and, in general, a more matte finish," says the always discerning makeup artist Pati Dubroff. In other words, if BB creams are the near-twin sisters of tinted moisturizers (as we told you last year), then CCs share their DNA with full-coverage foundations. But while they can leave skin looking very even, they can also leave it looking a bit flat—so top them with a luminous cream blush or highlighter. And because CC creams are less sheer than BBs, you need to find a close color match.
Our favorites come in at least three shades (from left to right
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30
Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector SPF 35
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare CC Cream SPF 18
We're predicting DD creams (for the generously endowed), XXX creams (when you want to look risqué), and ZZ creams (to help you get your beauty sleep).
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