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They’re everywhere. Accused of infiltrating the beauty world, flaunting their multi-functionality and being the ultimate must-have product of 2011/12. But, really what is a BB cream?

Well, the mystery letters stand for blemish balm or blemish base, but don’t mistake it for a spot cream. Sufferers won’t find it a cure, it simply remains (albeit a very good) soother. Think primer, tinted moisturiser, concealer and sun cream wrapped into one fantastic skincare hybrid, the purpose being to provide natural looking skin coverage. Praised for being lighter than a foundation, yet providing more coverage than a primer, the cream evens out skin tone and reduces redness.

Dermatologist Dr Christine Schrammek originally developed the concoction for patients who had undergone cosmetic peels, to soothe, protect and cover redness. Once commercialised its popularity soared in the Korean market, whereby many actresses recommended it publicly. Now BB creams make up 13 per cent of the mass market make-up sector in South Korea.

But it is not only in South East Asia that the beauty market is cottoning on to the miracle product and its wonders. As acclaimed make up artist Lisa Eldridge calls it, it is a ‘one stop shop to flawless skin’. If you are recession stricken or simply trying to minimise your beauty routine, then this one is for you.

Our roundup of best of the BB’s …

 

Clinique Age Defence, £19.00

Aims to make skin look fresher and younger and follows through with good coverage.

 

 

 

 

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, £9.99

One of the first to emerge. Thicker and more moisturising than others with a nice fragrance.

 

 

Mac Prep and Prime BB Cream SPF 35,  £22.10

Closest to the Asian formulations and very easy to apply. Less pigmented than the others so works on an array of complexions.

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