Sunday, 6 January 2013

Tutorial: How to apply BB cream + BB cream tips ♡

Hello readers~
Here are one of my finished tutorials I did in the past few days. This was done in conjunction to my next makeup tutorial so please anticipate that! Try guessing which look I did. Hint hint, it's a female K-pop idol.

My tutorial for Wonder Girls Sohee's makeup is up! Click here for part 2

What is BB cream? 

Now the first BB cream was actually developed in Germany (not Korea, Japan or China) by dermatologist Christine Schrammek in 1950s. It was developed for patients as an after treatment to soothe and moisturise the skin from facial peels, burns and other facial problems.

BB cream is a one-step product which includes all the necessary presteps needed to take before applying foundation like moisturiser, primer, sunscreen etc with other added skin benefits. Whitening, wrinkle repair and anti aging are popular properties in geniune Asian BB creams.

BB cream stands for blemish balm.

How to apply BB cream:

Using your fingers:

Step 1: Moisturise and use a primer to prep your skin for the BB cream. This will help give you a more even finish without making you look too cakey. It'll help eliminate dry spots and give your BB cream a clean canvas for it to work on.

Step 2: Pump your desired amount (usually a pea sized amount would do) of BB cream onto the back of your hand. The warmth from your hands will help warm up the BB cream for a better application. It'll blend better. Apply the product in dots all over your face. I like to dot it three times on my each cheek in a triangle shape, two on each side of my forehead, a few times down my nose bridges and jawline. It's very important for you to blend it into your hairline and down your neck to avoid your face from looking like a mask.

Step 3: From your cheeks, blend it outwards to your hairline. Blend downwards on your nose bridge and apply it upwards on your forehead. The reason why you should apply it like this is to help discourage your skin from losing its elasticity. It's like facial massaging. You're encouraging your natural facial contours. This was taught to me by my auntie who is a nurse and has extremely good skin for her age.

Step 4: Apply in dots in areas where you need extra coverage. For me, they are my undereyes and acne spots.

Using a brush (stippling brush):

Step 1: Pump your desired amount of product onto the back of your hand. Dip your stippling brush into the BB cream.

Step 2: Using a stippling brush, stipple the BB cream all over your face before buffing the product into your skin.

Don't forget your neck and eyes! You don't want to have very obvious eye circles.

Extra options:

Powder: Apply the powder to your t zone and cheeks to minimise shine and oil.

Using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent.

Facial mist: This is my preferred method. It creates a natural glow and a healthy look as opposed to powder when it can look too matte.

Finished look

BB cream tips

  • Most Asian BB creams take a while for the shade to adjust to your skintone. Make sure you apply it well before you go out. Maybe wait 10 minutes until the intial gray cast wears off. So when you're swatching BB creams on your jawline, it might look too light for you when it can in fact fit you well.
  • I find that using your fingers is the better (and preferred) way of applying BB cream. It can help warm up the product, making it easier to blend while brushes do not.
  • Check the expiry date on all BB cream products and chuck it out whenever it passes the date (like all makeup products)
  • Remember to blend the product into your neck! You don't want to end up looking like you have a very obvious mask.
  • Just because BB cream is marketed as a one-step product, you can of coarse apply primer and moisturiser beforehand. Always apply sunscreen as a base to protect your skin from the suns UV and UB rays which can cause age spots, wrinkles and freckles.
  • Remove all BB cream thoroughly. Some people treat it as a skincare product and leave it on at night, but it still needs to be removed. Clogged up pores = acne problems, blackheads and whiteheads!
  • If you find that the shade does not adjust properly, you can mix it with a darker or lighter foundation/bb cream.
  • Koreans like to mix in highlighters or moisture creams (Stylenanda Nursing cream, Etude House Nymph Aura volumer #1, #2, #3) to give a more dewy look. Facial mists are also used as a popular alternative to finishing sprays (Evian Facial Spray, Avene Thermal Spring Water)
  • American companies are developing their own BB creams and in my opinion, they do not live up to the standards of Asian BB creams. They are not just tinted moisturizsers!! I'll be making another post about this, so stay tuned.

Until next time, annyeong~
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