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BB Cream or Foundation? What’s the Difference?

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Tangibeauty
I created this “highlight” to showcase main points about bb cream and foundation for you guys to see if you’re trying to decide or are in the market for either or as a beginner! The second photo is a swatch of the Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream in shade 23 (I really like this one ❤️). Now here are a couple extra pointers: “Asian” or “Eastern” formulation of BB cream and Foundation can be very different from “American” or “Western” formulations. Essentially it does come down to preference. However, there are a couple important things you see more of when comparing them. 1. “Asian” or “Eastern” BB Creams BB Creams at one point we’re going super strong and nowadays, it seems like they don’t get as much recognition as they did before in the Western market. BB creams from these regions focus a lot on creating a radiant/second skin finish with many skincare ingredients in the formula. Companies really focus on that “glow from within” concept. There isn’t much pigment in the formulation that would cause an INSTANT full coverage(although these types of formulations do exist out there). Instead, many bb creams(at least the OG ones I’ve tried) oxidize slightly to better fit your skintone. If you have difficulty finding that second skin finish/match for your skintone in your foundations, try exploring BB Creams. For those who have deep skin tones, it may be difficult to find a shade for you since the market focuses on mostly pale, light, and medium light tones. History of BB creams: The reason why a lot of BB Creams focus on skincare and a light/medium to buildable full coverage is because it was initially developed in Germany. The person who initially created BB Creams wanted something to protect the skin/provide coverage after laser treatments. 2. “Western” Foundation: For those of you who consider yourself to live in a “Western-like” area, you may have encountered foundation somewhere. Western formulations focus a lot on pigment/coverage & not much on skincare(based on my experience of exploring Western BB creams/foundations) The good part is that we are starting to really notice more diversity in shades that BB creams in Asia don’t necessarily cover, so it’s great for a multitude of complexions. Foundation focuses on evening out skin tones to create a smooth base to possibly layer on other products. Right now, it seems like there is a shift happening. Many companies are now starting to release/perfect formulations that provide a more your-skin-but-better coverage. BB creams can be a “put-on-and-go” type of product that could heal your skin depending on the issue you have. There can be a lot more prep work involved to get foundation looking like skin, whereas I could leave the house with BB cream on and if it did “melt” off my skin from improper prepping, it wasn’t noticeable at all. Again, there’s a lot more to it but this is a generic representation and I hope it provided some clarity for you guys on your search for “the one”! 😆😃
Oct. 2
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KimLori love ysl
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TangibeautyThe texture of their foundation is definitely amazing
Oct. 9
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Just me
Hello everyone! My name is Laura and I’m a beauty manager at Nordstrom! I had no background in cosmetics before I moved down into my role (Nov 2019) so I don’t have nearly as amount of information as my coworkers do on products but as I dip my toes in trying new products- I wanted to share my honest opinion of them all. I have SUPER sensitive skin... to the point where it can be really frustrating in finding products that suit my skin. I’m lucky that I don’t break out from using new products, but it typically burns the top layer of my skin and makes me extremely uncomfortable and leaves me in a lot of pain. If you are curious about new products, new launches and hopefully extra info- follow along! If you also struggle with sensitive dry skin, holla at your girl because I’m always looking for new products! ❤️❤️
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LHK
My go-to products for vacation-Orange makeup
I know during this time we all have to stay at home and no traveling, but I think we can also give ourselves some great makeup looks and take us back to the wonderful time we had. So today I want to share my go-to makeup that I always do when I go for a vacation. Because I hate winter and cold weathers, so I usually go to the warm places like island nations and beaches. The orange makeup will look beautiful under the sunshine and also a good choice for photoshoots. The first thing I want to mention is the foundation that I can’t live without, the All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation from YSL in shade B20, $54 for 0.84oz/25ml. Even though I have dry skin, this long-wear foundation will not set in my smiling lines or pores, and it is definitely a full-coverage foundation that will cover up to 80%-90% of my pores, acne marks and dark circles. Besides, a little bit of this goes a long way, and a small pump is enough for me, so don’t waste! About the shades, I feel like this collection can be a little lighter than the other foundations of YSL, and B20 is a little bit lighter than my skin tone, so I recommend trying it in the store before purchasing. YVES SAINT LAURENT - All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation The next step is bronzer and blush, and they are both from Colourpop. I always put them in a pan so I can carry them during traveling. I use the Private Party bronzer and the So Retrograde blush. The bronzer will make my skin look warmer without being too orange or deep. And this shimmery blush is a burnt orange with gold pearl inside, so I can save the highlighter. The only thing I have to mention is that the blush is very pigment, so I only dip once and tap my brush before putting it on my face. COLOURPOP - Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush For eye palette, I mentioned before that I always take the Whatever palette from Colourpop with me when I go for vacations, and I use the colors I marked in the picture to create a very easy but glam eye look. Finally, to match the topic, I will use a matte lipstick named Marrakesh from Mac Cosmetics, which is an orange-brown shade and has been very popular since it launched. And I feel like it will not dry my lips even it is a matte formula, which is nice because I will stay outside for a long time and don’t want to see my lips peeling. MAC - MAC Matte Lipstick Here are the products I use to create a quick and easy look for vacation, and I feel happy to do it again during this quarantine time, and I hope you enjoy it!
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Yanhbaby

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typicalbeautyhipster
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Massie
Correcting Cream Veil SPF 21
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madisonnoons
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Fit Me Foundation _ Every Day Collection
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