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Word of the Day: BB Cream

Word of the Day: BB Cream

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BB cream

noun | bee·bee creem

An acronym for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm, and in international markets, beauty balm. It is a cosmetic item sold mainly in Asian markets, although the majority of larger beauty brands have introduced BB creams to Western markets.

This Asian export was a huge hit in the States when it was introduced to the mass beauty market back in 2011, mostly because it promised to be a kind of beauty cure-all. In theory, BB cream is meant to replace basically everything you would think to apply to your face -- serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. If you’re looking for lightweight coverage, then the BB cream is perfect for you on its own -- otherwise, you might have better luck treating it as an upgrade for your primer underneath your usual foundation. Where the BB cream does shine is in the long term -- unlike your typical foundation and primer, you’ll likely see a difference in the quality of your complexion over time. 

New to BB creams? Try out some of Influenster's favorites below!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} | Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty BalmSmashbox Camera Ready BB Cream | Missha BB Cream


There's a lot of great BB creams out there. Have a favorite one of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

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