Take one stroll down the makeup aisle and you may feel like you're being bombarded with a lesson in the ABCs. With BB, CC, DD and even EE creams taking over the cosmetic game, many people are veering away from traditional foundation formulas in favor of these more lightweight options. BB cream works as an all-around airbrushing product, DD cream provides daily defense and EE cream offers extra exfoliation for more even skin. Here, we're focusing on CC creams — the holy grail of alphabetical face makeup products for anyone whose skin is prone to redness, discoloration or sallowness — or could simply use a brightening boost.
The best CC creams give you radiant and even-toned skin and set the stage for the rest of your makeup, making heavy foundation and layers of powder unnecessary. Over the past several years, CC creams have inspired many women to give up heavy foundation, thanks to the natural, skin-perfecting coverage they offer.
So what is CC cream, exactly? Depending on who you talk to, it stands for "Color Control" or "Color Correction" cream and it aims to conceal redness, sallowness and uneven skin tone. The best CC creams have a whipped, weightless feel, smooth application and leave you with a naturally airbrushed complexion. Some even contain SPF as high as 35 or 50.
Whether you're in search of a CC formulated with sunscreen or one that touts anti-aging benefits, we've got you covered. Read on for the definitive list of the best CC creams worth adding to your makeup routine.
If you want the masking power of a CC cream with the defending power of a DD cream, look no further than this full coverage sunscreen-infused product. Formulated with SPF 35+ and light-diffusing mica, this creamy, easy-to-blend makeup conceals redness, diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevents against future sun damage — all without weighing skin down.
There are CC creams, and then there's this CCC cream. Designed to provide coverage, full concealing power and protection in one fell swoop, this ultra-lightweight CCC cream most definitely deserves a chance. Just prepare yourself: as soon as you see how seamlessly it blends into skin, you'll want to stock up so you never have to go a day without it.
If your main goal in finding the best CC cream is to perfectly balance all the colors popping into view on your face, you'll love this color-correcting serum. One pump combats redness, dullness, sallowness and dark spots while creating an airbrushed effect. Wear it alone or use as a perfectly primed base for foundation if you prefer a bit more coverage.