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:
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.
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.”