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Step by step: How to apply a BB cream

Hailed as a miracle, all-in-one product, BB creams are everywhere right now and the craze, of course, shows no signs of stopping. But how do you apply a BB cream (or Blemish Balm as they’re also called) correctly, and are there any special techniques you should know? We chatted with a renowned dermatologist and celebrity makeup artist to find out. Read on to score the scoop!

Woman applying BB cream

Popularized in Asia, the main BB creams here in the United States are multi-purpose products that claim to treat the skin in some fashion, provide sunscreen protection and also function as a primer and light-coverage foundation, says New York/New Jersey-based board certified dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt. They’re convenient in the sense that they can help cut down on steps in your beauty routine, which is wonderful news for women on the go, adds Celebrity makeup artist Piper Cline of Angelo David Salon. To learn how to apply a BB cream properly, simply follow these step-by-step, pro tips for a flawless looking face in no time.

Step 1: Find the right BB cream for you

Tip:  Have normal to dry skin? Try using a moisturizer or serum before applying your BB cream for an extra boost of moisture, says Cline.

Because there are so many options and shades available, it’s important to first find a BB cream that works for you. Some focus specifically on whitening and lightening the skin, while others provide more coverage and still others boast serious anti-aging benefits. In particular, if you have facial blemishes, it’s best to bring in your cream and get the professional opinion of your dermatologist prior to using it. They can see what you’ve got and let you know whether it’s effective or not, notes Baxt. “The success of the BB cream to combat blemishes has to do with the active ingredients inside and what the underlying skin issue is.” 

Step 2: Start with only a pea sized amount

To avoid wasting a ton of product, start with only a pea sized portion. Using your fingertips, dab it onto any problem areas, particularly underneath your eyes, advises Cline. Then slowly begin blending in a circular motion.

Step 3: Get full coverage with a foundation brush

Once you’ve finished covering up your trouble spots, Cline recommends grabbing a foundation brush to apply the rest of your product. Put the cream at the back of your hand and dip in the foundation brush. Evenly distribute the BB cream across your face, making sure to blend well.

Step 4: Finish with a setting powder

Last but not least, to help your product last longer, Cline suggests finishing off your face with a great setting powder. And voila, you’re good to go!

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