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3 Must-Know Makeup Tips For Mature Women: Clear Up Your BB And CC Cream Confusion!

By Sixty and Me November 24, 2018 Beauty

We’ve all been there: staring at foundations and creams on a makeup counter with a 20-year-old trying to tell us what works best for our skin. There are so many different types of foundation products on the market and the ones getting the most buzz lately are BB and CC creams – but what exactly do they do?

If you are looking to clear up any confusion once and for all, you will enjoy today’s video with Ariane Poole!

In today’s Sixty and Me video, Ariane Poole joins Margaret Manning to discuss the key differences between BB and CC creams, and help you work out which will work best for you!


BB Basics

If you have oily, blemish-prone skin put down that tube of BB cream and back away! Although BB is an acronym for “blemish balm” it is not actually meant for blemish-prone skin. Confusing, isn’t it?

BB cream was actually developed to cover brown spots on skin and has a thick, hydrating, oily consistency with high SPF. Although this provides excellent coverage, it is quite heavy and may not be suitable if you don’t like thick foundation or cream on your skin.

If you do have brown spots on your skin and still want to give BB cream a try, make sure you sample lots of different products. As Ariane demonstrates, the thickness of the creams changes from brand to brand.

The right makeup for older women should be based on choosing what Margaret says is “Suited to your skin absorption and your individual situation.”

CC Characteristics

If you are more interested in lighter, subtle makeup, a CC cream might just be what you’ve been looking for! CC is an acronym for “complexion corrector” and is perfect for those days when your skin feels a little dull and lifeless.

CC creams have brightening aspects to them, are of a lighter weight and lower SPF than BB creams, so they do not provide the same level of coverage. If you are looking to brighten up your skin a little, Ariane recommends using CC creams under your foundation in place of a primer. If you are looking for a lightweight, brightening cream it can be worn on its own but doesn’t really cover up anything.

As Ariane’s examples show, CC cream can have an odd color; however, change as they are worked into the skin. As with BB cream, it is best to go and try different types of CC cream to see which one works best for your skin tone.

Makeup For Older Women Who Want It All!

When it comes to makeup for older women, many of us don’t like overdoing our makeup for any number of reasons. One of the ways to avoid the BB and CC confusion as well as a drawer full of product is to look at tints or foundations that cover all your needs in one product.

Margaret’s personal favorite is the Ariane Poole Ultimate Face Tint as she feels it is “Super light and doesn’t look like you’re wearing a lot of makeup.” It is a 5-in-1 product that functions as a primer, tinted moisturizer, BB cream, CC cream, and foundation – something that works well for women over 60 looking to simplify their makeup routine.

With so many multi-function tints and foundation products on the market you are sure to be able to find one that feels as if it were made just for you!

Have you ever used BB or CC cream? Do you have a preference for one or the other? How do you feel they compare to full coverage foundation? Let’s have a chat!

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