I know, I know. Summer is basically over – can you believe it!? In a lot of ways, I’m ready for fall; double-digit degrees (as compared to triple), pumpkin everything, jeans and sweaters and loafers, vampy lips. But, this summer was a lot of fun, and I’m not 100% sure I’m ready to kiss poolside Saturdays goodbye. Still, I’m trying to get on a schedule when it comes to posting, and I feel like I have something to say on the topic of summer beauty. So, here we are.
Like I said in my 5 favorite summer lipsticks post, summer is all about being light, comfortable, and dewy, and it’s no different when it comes to what I put on my skin. That’s why I skip foundation altogether and reach exclusively for BB and CC creams during the warmer months. I honestly can’t remember the last time I wore a true full-coverage foundation; it was probably in April if I had to guess.
My skin has changed a lot in the past year or so, and a lot of my friends are experiencing the same thing; I think it has something to do with getting wiser (not older, obviously). Because of this, I’ve been paying more attention to how I’m taking care of my dry, acne-prone skin. As I’ve gotten wiser (haha), I’ve also become more serious about sun protection, especially during these brutal Texas summers.
According to Marie Claire, BB creams, “short for beauty balm or blemish balm, are the love child of makeup and skincare…At its bare bones, BB cream is the world’s best tinted moisturizer, packed with tons of benefits as well as SPF.”
CC creams are “packed to the gills with vitamins C and E, complexion corrector cream is similar to BB cream, but focuses on color correction. Lighter than a BB cream, CC cream’s primary purpose is to correct color-related skin issues, such as sallowness or redness. Like BB cream, it has SPF as well.”
Light, dewy, comfortable coverage + SPF = a BB/CC cream. Yes, please! Here are the 4 I’ve been wearing this summer, from least to most expensive.
(P.S. I always wear a primer with these products. Lately, it’s been the Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream SPF 30 (part of a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale splurge/steal), but I’ve also used the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, the Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, and the Mary Kay Oil Mattifier on days I know I will be outside/in the heat a lot. Some combinations are better than others, but I always prime before foundation/BB/CC cream. It’s just my preference, and I really do think it makes my makeup last longer.
I also always set my face with a powder after foundation/concealer and before the rest of my makeup and with a setting spray after all of my makeup but before mascara. I’ve used several products over the years, but have pretty much stuck to the E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder, the Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Youth-Boosting Translucent Illuminating Face Powder, the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray, and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater this summer. Again, some combinations are better than others, but setting with powder mid-way through my face and with setting spray after I’m done is my preference and what works for me. Find what works for you!)
My mom has sold Mary Kay on and off since I was little. I’ve been a fan of their skincare items for a long time, but I’ve always been a little hesitant to get on board with their makeup line for whatever reason. Late last year, I took the plunge and purchased a full coverage foundation and this CC cream. Knowing my preference for CC cream in the summer, I chose what I thought would be my summer shade, and it’s been spot on this season.
Honestly, this is the face product I’ve worn the most this year. It’s the perfect color, and I love the formula – not necessarily the most lightweight, but definitely the most natural-looking. I’ve worn it with both minimal makeup and a full face, and it’s worked either way. With an SPF of 15, this product has the least amount of protection out of all of the products in this post. For this reason, I always use an additional SPF with it, either in my moisturizer or my primer.
The only drawback of this CC cream is the smell. It smells like paint! It dissipates quickly upon application, and it doesn’t linger on the skin, but that initial scent can be a shock!
I ordered mine through my mom, who is an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay, for $20. Starting in the middle of my face and working my way out, I apply 2 pumps of this product with my fingers (under my chin and down my neck, too), and then blend out with a foundation brush. I bounce a damp Beauty Blender on certain areas to smooth it out and lock it in. Then, I apply concealer and set with a light layer of powder using a fluffy powder brush.
I have jumped on the Kiehl’s bandwagon little by little over the past few years (their avocado eye cream is my favorite!). I used the excuse of my Seattle vacation back in May to order this BB cream, which was my first venture into Kiehl’s “makeup.” I think this was the only foundation-like product I brought with me on that trip (talk about a leap of faith), and I really ended up liking it. I did notice that it would start to break up a little bit around my contour/cheekbone area, but that was only after being out in the heat, sweating, touching my face/leaning on my cheek, and wearing it for 10-12 hours, which would be the case with almost any product.
I purchased this BB cream last summer at the recommendation of Jessica Braun/JAMbeauty89, and I went hard with it. I still love it, but it has taken a little bit of a back seat to some of my other products this summer.
This BB cream is definitely the most luminous in the bunch. It glides on beautifully and makes the skin look so glowy and healthy. I tend to reach for this product more when I do minimal/natural makeup just because it makes my skin look so healthy and I want that to be the focus of my look. If I know I’m going to be outside, I reach for this because it looks the most natural, but still provides some coverage and protection.
The only negative about this product is that it doesn’t play well with all of my concealers. I’ve specifically had trouble wearing it with the Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, most likely because the consistency of the concealer is so much thicker and heavier than the consistency of the BB cream. I usually stick to either Maybelline’s Fit Me or Instant Age Rewind when I wear this.
I bought mine in store at Sephora for $39. Starting in the middle of my face and working my way out, I apply 2 pumps of this product with my fingers (under my chin and down my neck, too), and then blend out with a foundation brush. I bounce a damp Beauty Blender on certain areas to smooth it out and lock it in. Then, I apply concealer and set with a light layer of powder using a fluffy powder brush.
I’ve never gravitated toward Smashbox products, so I honestly would have never picked this product up if I hadn’t gotten tricked into thinking the Smashbox rep working at Ulta was a full-store associate last summer. But, I am so glad this product was dropped into my bag. It is SO GOOD. I recently finished my first bottle, and my new one is currently en route.
If I need to look flawless (but not cake-y), this is what I reach for. Being a BB water and not a cream, the consistency of this product is very different than the others. It’s not dewy, but it’s not matte. It’s just…beautiful. I definitely get the most compliments on my skin when I wear this.
One my favorite things about this product is that it works for me all year long (although the shade changes). I have very dry skin, and wearing makeup day in and day out in the winter does a number on my face. The BB water formula is so hydrating that I’ll wear this alone or mixed in with other foundations to give my skin the TLC it deserves.
The ONLY thing I don’t like about this product has nothing to do with the formula; it’s all about the packaging. This product comes in a bottle with a dropper that pulls out and dispenses the product. However, the dropper fits very snugly in the bottle, which makes it hard to pull out. I’m sure the packaging was designed this way to prevent spills and keep you from wasting product, but having to finagle the packaging every time I used it got annoying, so I removed the dropper completely. Now, I just pour a little product onto the back of my hand and dot it on my face and down my neck with my fingers and then blend it out with a foundation brush. I bounce a damp Beauty Blender on certain areas to smooth it out and lock it in. Then, I apply concealer and set with a light layer of powder using a fluffy powder brush.
I bought mine in store at Ulta for $42.
What face products (foundation, BB cream, CC cream, powder, tinted moisturizer, etc.) did you love this summer? What other summer favorites would you like to see?