When it comes to skincare and makeup, BB creams are one of the best all-rounder products on the market.
Combining the skincare benefits of active ingredients with the coverage and radiance of makeup, these ‘beauty balms’ or ‘blemish balms’ offer the best of both worlds.
They’re typically lighter than a full foundation and offer a more radiant, natural glow – and they’re a surprisingly effective product for making mature skin look its best.
April Roberts, Sisley’s Head Trainer, tells Now To Love exclusively that BB creams and tinted skincare products do a great job of enhancing the beauty that’s already there, especially when paired with a solid skincare routine.
“It’s about using products that are going to suit their needs, desired results and the time they have to spend on their skin,” she says of women looking for the perfect products for mature skin.
“Focus on using makeup that will hydrate, protect against harmful environmental factors and add a luminous glow.”
BB creams and other lightweight formulas that combine skincare and coverage are therefore a perfect choice, especially for women who want to save time on their beauty routines.
With typically less coverage than a classic foundation, BB creams let your natural skin shine through. That means you’ll want to invest in a nourishing skincare routine to make sure your base looks its absolute best.
“To create the perfect canvas for makeup application, use good quality skincare to ensure the skin is firm, plump, hydrated and healthy,” April suggests.
“A regular but gentle exfoliant, such as Sisley Buff and Wash, will help to ensure skin is smooth and radiant for make-up.
“A serum and a targeted moisturiser that address any concerns such as pigmentation, radiance, firming or fine lines will also ensure that skin is in the best condition to allow a more seamless make-up result.”
It’s also a good idea to apply your makeup with brushes instead of your fingers or a beauty sponge, as they allow for more precise application as you build up the perfect amount of coverage for your skin.
As for what the “perfect” makeup look is for mature skin, April says it all depends on your own preferences and what makes you feel confident and beautiful.
That means finding products that enhance your beauty at any age, like BB creams that will nourish your skin and provide an effortless makeup base.
The best BB creams for mature skin in Australia
We’ve rounded up our top BB cream products for mature skin, from budget options to something a touch more luxe.
Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid SPF 25
For weightless nourishment try: Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid SPF 25, from $53, Myer.
For a natural glow with added hydration and protection, try: Phyto-Hydra Teint, $155, from Sisley.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel
For a sheer wash of colour guaranteed to match your skin, try: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel, $33, from Sephora.
Ultra Violette Dream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil
For the ultimate tinted sun protection, try: Ultra Violette Dream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil, $55, from Adore Beauty.
La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Tinted UV Protection BB Cream
For a silky smooth formula at an affordable price, try: Uvidea XL Tinted UV Protection BB Cream, $38.95, from La Roche-Posay.
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
For full coverage with skin-loving antioxidants, try: Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, $73.60 (was $92), from Adore Beauty.
Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream
For lightweight coverage and a hit of Vitamin C for radiance, try: Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream, $32.95, from Adore Beauty.
Pixi by Petra Beauty Balm
For medium to full coverage with a natural finish, try: Pixi by Petra Beauty Balm, $24.20 (was $44), from Oz Hair and Beauty.
C-Shield Anti-Pollution Moisture Tint SPF 30
For a sheer, dewy formula with added SPF, try: C-Shield Anti-Pollution Moisture Tint SPF 30, $77, from Sephora.