I don’t know much about film. I don’t understand sports besides soccer. I can’t cook more than three different meals total. One of the only things I am actually pretty knowledgeable about: makeup. And yet, upon being faced with all these new base products that sound more like slightly enlarged bra sizes rather than pieces of makeup, I was admittedly very lost.
So, I did what any person does (or should do) when confused: asked for help. I contacted several professionals. I asked various makeup artists to help me find out what the deal is with BB, CC and DD creams, because while I thought I at least knew what’s up with BB creams, I was clueless when it came to the latter two. In fact, I just sort of assumed they were approximately all the same. Now, let’s get down to some fourth grade investigative science experiment level, shall we?
What I wanted to know:
- What do ‘BB,’ ‘CC’ and ‘DD’ each stand for?
- What are the primary differences between the three?
- Which is better for what type of skin?
- Are they different than tinted moisturizers?
To find out, I asked Ramy Gafni (makeup artist and founder of RAMY Beauty Therapy), Blair Berndes (brow architect and makeup artist at Angles and Arches Beauty Bar), Julia Papworth (celebrity hair and makeup artist), and Simone Siegl (celebrity makeup artist). All are highly qualified experts on the art of beauty and had plenty of vital information on these mysterious double-lettered bases.
So, let’s get down to it.