How to Have Flawless Skin in an Instant

Primer, concealer, foundation, moisturizer…Our makeup bags were way heavier before BB creams came along. If you’re wondering what BB stands for, well, it can be beauty balm, blemish balm, or blemish base—it doesn’t really matter. The short answer is: it’s makeup—a specially formulated type of tinted moisturizer, but with big benefits.

No wonder we fell in love with a product that provides hydration, SPF protection, and sheer coverage in a single package. Marrying skincare with makeup, BB creams did away with complicated beauty routines—perfect for summer days when you don’t want to wear full foundation, or for perking up your complexion before a night out.

Laneige with Sparkling Crystals, Skincare and Makeup

After BB creams came BB cushions—handy compacts with applicators you can slip in your bag. Not all BB cushions are created equal, though. Beauty insiders swear by Korean brand Laneige’s award-winning version, the BB Cushion_Pore Control, which provides semi-matte finish and pore blurring effect. Now they’ve just launched an ultra-hydrating version with ultimate radiance: the BB Cushion_Whitening.

Laneige is known for its innovative skincare and makeup, and this latest addition to the range certainly has a few tricks up its sleeve.  As for BB Cushion_Whitening, First up is the MelacrusherTM brightening technology, which inhibits melanin generation and gives dull skin a lift. Next, it uses double-coated pigments infused with micro pearls and moisturizer to give a luminous, even finish on even the driest of summer skins. And with broad spectrum SP50, it also protects against damaging UVA/UVB rays. Available in six different shades, this is one seriously hard-working product.

But a brilliant formula is no use without a decent compact and applicator. Laneige has put a lot of thought into both. The Skin Fit air cushion has a raised diamond pattern on its surface, which ensures that the cream is evenly dispensed when you press the antimicrobial applicator down on it. The BB cream glides on easily, giving thin, even coverage, and you can top it up during the day without any pesky build-up.

We love that Laneige’s “keep it simple” aesthetic applies to its packaging too. The compact has a sleek, holographic lid with inset mirror—a smart, travel-friendly piece of kit to pop in your purse. What’s more, you can have your compact enhanced with an added flourish: the special BB Cushion Crystal Edition is embellished with Swarovski crystals, making it as elegant as the product inside is effective, giving your makeup bag a touch of covetable luxury. And did we mention that BB Cushion_Whitening comes with a full-size refill plus an extra applicator puff? As if we needed any more reasons to love it.