When it comes to makeup, the only thing we wish for is a flawless base - that covers all our blemishes, discolouration and gives us an even tone throughout. But in a world full of foundations, BB creams and CC creams, you are bound to be left confused and spoilt for choice.
Since we are firm believers in the fact that one should know a little bit more about what they decide to put on their faces, we have decided to help you decode one of the latest makeup formulas that are becoming essential for all ladies - CC creams. Read on to know everything about this cream and if it’s really helpful for your skin.
- What is CC cream
- What are the benefits of CC creams
- How is it different from BB creams and foundation
- How to use CC creams
- FAQs about cc cream
What is CC cream
Colour correcting, complexion corrector or colour control creams aka CC creams are base makeup creams, like your good ol’ foundations and BB creams, that are pretty great to give your face a natural, minimal makeup look. However, instead of working on your complexion, these creams work to neutralise imperfections on your skin by concealing the problem area with colors that cancel each other, and hence are opposite on the color wheel. Confused? Let us make it easier for you to understand.
CC creams follow the colour theory which basically states that correcting your complexion isn’t about covering up imperfections, but more about counterbalancing redness and canceling out blue and purple shadows to give you an even tone that blends into your skin. With this cream, instead of investing in and using multiple colour correcting concealers and foundations, you solve all your issues with just one product.
CC creams work great at hiding signs of dullness, dark spots, redness and tired skin. So, you can use it alone for an even tone as it tends to give medium to full coverage or use it as a primer under your foundation for extra coverage.
What are the benefits of CC creams
One of the biggest flex CC creams have over BB creams and foundations is the simple fact that they protect your skin from sun damage and harmful UV rays that can lead to photoageing. While some foundations and BB creams have now introduced SPF in their formulas, traditionally, these two aren’t known to keep your skin sun-safe. Your CC creams, on the other hand, more often than not, come with a good SPF content that helps against sun damage.
CC creams are lighter and more airy in texture as compared to the other two. This means they are less likely to clog your pores and trigger a breakout, making them a perfect choice for people with oily skin.
As we discussed before, CC creams are great if you wish to wear them alone as they provide medium to full coverage and give you a natural look. However, they also double up as a primer which you can use under your foundation as well to protect your skin as well as get that perfect base.
Besides giving it a correct complexion, CC creams are believed to nourish your skin while protecting and improving your skin’s texture and tone.
How is it different from BB creams and foundation
Oh goody, let us sit down, for this one. We are about to answer the biggest question in your mind - how are CC creams different from BB creams and foundations? While their basic work remains to give you a flawless base, how they do it is quite different!
Let’s start with BB creams. Beauty balms or blemish balms are good for everyday use. If you believe in the minimalistic approach, then BB creams are just what you need. They work to hydrate, illuminate, and protect your skin by giving it a light, soft glow. Antioxidants are one of the key ingredients in these creams and they work towards protecting your skin against free radicals and damage-causing pollution. So, how exactly do they differ from CC creams then? BB creams provide a heavier colour coverage as compared to CC creams. However, they don't do much about the color variations or blemishes on your skin.
Coming to foundations, we really don’t need to tell you much about them. Even if you are new to the world of makeup, you’d know that foundations are the building blocks of makeup that we can’t live without. Their basic job is to give us a smooth, even skin tone with no visible imperfections. Unlike BB and CC creams, there are no set skin benefits of foundations. However, they do offer far better coverage and larger skin shade offerings than the BB and CC creams. Foundations have evolved over the years and now come under several categories for all skin types too.
How to use CC creams
Clean, toned and moisturised skin is like a clean canvas you require before you start putting on any makeup. However, unlike foundations, you don’t necessarily need to put on a moisturiser or primer before you put on your CC cream as it moisturises your skin and doesn’t need a primer for setting itself.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you should use a CC cream -
Step 1: Cleanse your face and take a small amount of cream out of the tube.
Step 2: Use your fingers to spread it around your face in a dotted manner, especially around your eyes, or any other visible blemishes you wish to conceal.
Step 3: Use a makeup blender or brush to evenly blend the cream into your skin.
Step 4: You can add a light layer of setting powder if you wish for a matte look. And that’s it, your radiant looking, colour-corrected skin is ready!
FAQs about cc cream
Q. What is CC Cream used for?
A. CC creams are usually used to give you colour corrected, moisturised even-looking skin. You can use it daily as it protects your skin against sun damage and nourishes your skin while giving you an even, radiant tone.
Q. Is it good to use CC creams everyday?
A. Due to its skin care benefits and SPF content, it is safe to use CC creams everyday. It will give medium to full coverage to your skin while maintaining its healthy radiance. So, if you use your foundation daily, you can switch to CC creams as well.
Q. Is a CC cream bad for your skin?
A. There are no plausible arguments that suggest that CC creams are bad for your skin. It is actually a great everyday makeup product that you can add to your routine for its moisturising properties and ability to protect your skin from sun damage.