Denee Noel Makeup Artist and Cosmetics Sales Manager at Holt Renfrew

When I was young I had some mild acne and now as I age, I have a mix of oily skin and a few lines. So it can be tricky to find the right combination of coverage. I also like my make up routine to be easy and fast. With of course amazing results (who doesn’t?).

Recently I spoke with Denee Noel Makeup Artist and Cosmetics Sales Manager at Holt Renfrew. Denee shared with me her top tips on how to use BB and CC creams for easy quick coverage for women on the go.

What is the difference between a BB cream, CC cream and a tinted moisturizer?

Beauty Balms or BB Creams are all of the rage now. BB creams were invented to fill a gap that was desperately needed in the cosmetics industry. Women everywhere wanted a product that hydrated, had coverage and felt weightless on the skin. Now that so many brands have created their version of BB creams, textures and finishes vary.

Ultimately, a BB cream and a tinted moisturizer are one in the same. Colour Correctors or CC creams were invented to correct any imperfections on the skin such as hyperpigmentation. CC creams help to hide and correct the skin. With a CC cream you are also getting a treatment and they are phenomenal as primers!!

Top Tips On How To Use BB Creams and CC Creams!

How to choose the best BB or CC cream or tinted moisturizers for your skin type?

To choose the best BB, CC or tinted moisturizer for you consider two things:

1. How much coverage would you like?

2. What type of skin do you have?

Because BB’s and CC’s are available in a wide variety of finishes and coverages now, these 2 questions will help you narrow down the field. I strongly suggest to get samples. Wear the product for an entire day without powder. At the end of the day how does your skin look? Is the coverage still there? Are you less or more oily or dry? The product you try that feels the most natural and ticks all of the boxes is the one for you!

When do you use a BB cream – for day or evening or for sports?

BB’s and CC’s are great for everyone! Try layering your CC cream and BB together to treat discolouration, even out skintone, prime the skin, boost hydration AND have a natural finish to the skin. Who doesn’t want that?!?!


What is the best way to apply a BB cream? With a sponge or brush or fingertips?

In my opinion, the best way to apply BB and CC is with your hands. Not only is the product slightly warmed so it gently melts into the skin, but also while you are gently massaging and tapping the product on, you can assess your skin and easily identify and dry or dehydrated areas. When you are finished you can use a brush to gently buff the skin.

What are your top tips for applying a BB cream? Does it need to be reapplied throughout the day?

I am a HUGE fan of skin. Make sure that you are cleansing, toning (alcohol free of course) and moisturizing. Great skin is the perfect base! Then apply a CC cream.

Then use gentle circular motions to apply your favorite BB cream. The great thing about my favorite BB creams is that coverage is buildable so where you think you need more coverage gently tap a little more product on and gently buff with your brush.

Any other tips about BB creams and the spring and summer season?

Proper preparation of the skin means that you will get longer wear out of your BB cream, so spend the extra time preparing the skin, so that you do not have to touch up as often later in the day.

I am going to use these helpful tips as I continue to expand by beauty ideas this spring! I love the idea of smooth glowing skin.

Your suggestions are always welcome, as I continue on my journey to live life to the fullest. Let’s have the very best 2015!

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