How To Find The Right BB, CC Cream, And Foundation If You Have Oily Skin

By Amorfia Team,

It’s a firm beauty principle to use products that work for your skin type and tone, which means doing intensive research before buying a new product (especially when it’s an investment item). Now, a good base can make or break your entire look, so if you’re choosing a go-to product for every day and you have oily skin, here are the basics you need to know:

BB Cream
As many know by now, BB cream stands for blemish balm (or beauty balm, in some countries), and is known to provide many skin care and makeup benefits such as sun protection, anti-aging properties, and natural-looking coverage.

Since a BB cream is mostly known for its moisturizing properties, many women with oily skin avoid the product since it could lead to a greasy face, especially during day-to-night events. But this doesn’t mean you should ditch it completely. Many oil-free BB creams, or extremely lightweight versions, are now available in the market if you don’t want to keep wearing foundation on a daily basis.

Deoproce UV Waterful Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++, P1,995

CC Cream

CC stands for color-correcting, which immediately spells out the difference between a BB and CC cream. While they’re both multi-tasking products that offer a sheer finish, a CC cream usuallly provides more coverage and aggressively evens out your skin tone, versus a BB cream, which primarily blurs and softens imperfections. But despite being more effective in addressing red spots and sallow skin, CC cream is generally more lightweight and breathable, making it the preferred base of women with oily skin.

Foundation, whether powder, stick, or liquid, is a skin-colored makeup product applied as a base. Unless specified in the label, these typically have no SPF or moisturizing properties, but many provide medium to full coverage, making it the go-to for evening or formal events.

If you have oily skin, don’t get discouraged from using foundation if you’re aiming for full coverage. “For oily skin, I recommend a matte finish foundation or just concealer and dual powder foundation,” says pro hair and makeup artist Ara Fernando. “If the skin is oily, the liquid types of foundation would just slide off. I just do color correction or concealer then straight to powder.”

BYS Matte Creme Foundation, P749

Shop more face base products here.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.


Your inbox deserves a makeover. Sign up for our newsletter to receive beauty updates and special offers.

Scroll to Top

We’re back!


Hey, BBs!

Guess what? We’re now ready to accept your orders again!

However, in light of the ECQ, we can only cater to Metro Manila customers for now via Grab, Lalamove, or Angkas Padala. Our partner courier remains non-operational as of the moment, but we hope to resume nationwide deliveries soon!

Delivery rates vary per location and depending on the availability of riders, and so we ask for your patience and understanding in case of any delays. Alternatively, you can also opt to have your package/s delivered after the ECQ. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail us at

Stay safe and shop online!

The Amorfia Team