Men are no less than women these days when it comes to beauty and make-up. While the colored makeup is still an experiment, the make-up that helps us conceal our flaws like foundation, concealer, bb creams, etc. are becoming very popular with men. For men, I feel BB creams are a really good choice. Best bb cream for men depends upon the how it sits on the face and skin of a man.
A man’s skin is very different from a woman’s. Here I mean not only the texture but also little details like facial hair, acne, etc. Men who usually work in the open especially who work at construction sites or play outdoor sports where there is a lot of dust develop coarser skin. That is why a cream or here bb cream for men would not have the same composition.
Before we move onto the best bb creams for men let me tell you more about bb creams.
What is BB cream and why do men prefer it?
BB cream is known beauty or blemished balm. It is also called as blemish base as it replaces a foundation and concealer to a certain extent. BB cream is a primer, foundation, moisturizer and more. Most of them also contain sunscreen. You wouldn’t expect a busy man to first moisturize, then put sunscreen, then put foundation and then do concealing. I don’t think men are not that patient with their skin care. It might become popular in the future but right now we are looking for all in one solution. Hence men are leaning towards BB cream.
The BB cream concept is more popular in Asia as Asian prefer lighter versions of foundation and a BB cream is definitely lighter.
A similar cream is called CC cream which covers redness and irritated skin rather than coverage.
BB cream helps to perfect the imperfection, as it is not heavy duty as a foundation and it gives a very natural look, it does not seem that you are wearing make-up at all. So a man who is looking for clear skin and does not want to do make-up this is the best solution. BB creams make a man’s face look clean, moisturized, and camera ready!
A BB cream for men is more popular in Asian countries like South Korea. In South Korea, men have lesser facial hair so they can just dab the cream all over their face and it won’t make a difference. Whereas in a country like India, putting a BB cream may be a bit difficult and require more blending and careful application- thanks to the fact almost everyone has a beard.
Tips on How to choose the best bb cream
These tips are common both for men and women. They will help you get the best bb cream for your requirement and skin type.
# Study the properties of the BB cream and choose the perfect match for you
You need to know what your bb cream does for you. Does it work as a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen or gives you a photo finish glow? See what all things you want your cream to include. If you are suffering from acne you may want anti-acne properties in your bb cream. The reason you are buying a bb cream is that you do not want to apply many things. So get everything you need.
# Choose the perfect shade
Like a foundation, you may need to try out the shade which matches your skin tone both in natural light and in indoor light. The problem with bb creams is that the shade range is less than a foundation. Also, we usually test the shade by applying on the hand, which is not enough. You need to do a cheek test. As the color of your face may not match with your hands.
# Get a tester
Before you invest in a product it is important you try it out both in natural and artificial light. You need to also make sure you do not have any harsh skin allergies with the bb cream or you did not face any breakouts.
# Match your skin type
If you have oily skin you may need a matte bb cream. If you have dry skin, then
I have noticed until it is a watery or creamy bb cream, the application is a bit tougher compared to a foundation. You have to be quick or it will stick to one spot and blending will be difficult. A tip if it is very matte you can add a drop of moisturizer too. More than a brush it is better you use your fingers or a beauty blender to apply until and unless if you have a liquid consistency bb cream.
# Should be easy to remove especially for men
Here I mean if it gets on the hairy patch then wiping it off should not be a tedious task. A men’s bb cream is not that easy to choose but this can be a good deciding factor when you are stuck between choices.
Here is a list of 12 best bb cream for men
Note: Some bb creams are popular with women or are unisex but can be used by men too.
Laikou Men BB Cream
This is made especially for men. It is brought to you by the land of make-up and beauty South Korea. It has many advantages like pore minimizing, sunscreen, it is moisturizing, hydrating as well and has oil control properties. I think it is perfect for a day out and combination skin. I feel this is the best bb cream for men. The drawback I feel is that it is expensive and hard to get in many countries.
2. MMUK MAN BB Cream
A famous BB cream available in the UK yet to hit many markets. It has a lot of goodness. It helps fight (not just cover up) wrinkles and other signs of aging. But what I liked about it the most that it does have oil control property which is helpful as it seems you are not wearing any makeup. Usually, with creams, men start getting a giveaway shine on their face which this cream avoids. It does have brightening properties too but not SPF.
3. NEW BRTC Gold Caviar BB Cream
This cream is worth the price. If it was not so expensive I would have given this elixir the number one spot. I feel men need high SPF creams and this actually has SPF 50. It nourishes the skin due to its really good ingredients. It has green tea and caviar extracts that not only moisturize the skin but also help the skin regenerate and makes the skin younger, glowy and healthier.
4. Lab Series SPF 35 BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum for Men
Lab Series has a lot of men products. If BB creams for men were really common they would have not been so expensive. This is a light daily wear BB cream for men which suits all types of skin. It has SPF 35 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
5. Innisfree Forest for Men Handsome BB Cream
Another BB cream with SPF 50. It gives a very natural and creamy look. The cream feels light and hence is easy to apply. It can awaken your dull and tired skin.
6. The Face Shop’s – the fresh for men BB cream
Again not an easily available bb cream in countries where men make up is not accepted. For example, The Face Shop and Innisfree are thriving in the Indian market but they are yet to launch their men products. Coming back to the cream it is a really good BB cream for outdoor lighting as it leaves your skin looking even and healthy.
7. Missha Men’s Cure BB Cream Suited for Men
This is again popular in Korean and western markets, but the men bb cream is not easily available everywhere. This cream also comes in dark tones so it suits a variety of skin tones. It has a long lasting coverage and also has SPF. It also gives you a squeaky clean look as it has a pore cleaning formula too.
8. The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream for Unisex
We are so happy that some brand actually cares as this cream is easily available. It has 5 color options but if you cannot get your exact skin tone do not worry. You can just blend it in and the color seems to adapt. It is not heavy coverage hence perfect for male skin. It will give your skin a 24 hours’ hydration and make it look fresh and dewy.
Now let us talk about BB creams which do not have the label especially for men or unisex but work wonders on a male skin too. As they are also not labeled unisex we are considering them unisex:
9. Pond’s White Beauty SPF 30 Fairness BB Cream
One of my favorites as you can carry it easily, actually gives you good coverage also conceals dark spots and under eye dark circles. It is super affordable as well. Also helps you block harmful UVA/UVB rays. The only drawback I feel for men is that it has a quick drying up tendency on the face so you need to blend in quick. So a guy has to be very careful while applying near his mustache or beard.
10. Garnier Skin Naturals Instantly Perfect Skin Perfector BB Cream
Garnier makes its products depending on the area it is promoting its products. Like the Garnier Skin Naturals Instantly Perfect Skin Perfector BB Cream has been designed for the Indian skin tone. It is an economical product. It has similar properties like that of the above mentioned Pond’s BB cream.
11. L’Oreal Paris True Match BB La Crème
Comes in tones like Gold and Honey Beige. If you want to go for a very neutral warm look I recommend the Honey Beige. Along with sun protection, it has a hydrating effect as well.
12. The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream
Why am I mentioning The Body Shop again? Because this BB cream deals with blemishes as it has the goodness of tea tree oil too. It more matte than the previously mentioned BB cream. So if you have an oily acne prone skin please try this for this will be a skin healer. it is the best bb cream for acne. It blends easy and you can build it too, to get more coverage if needed. This BB cream also comes in 3 shades.
Like I mentioned it is sad that there are very few brands catering to men’s beauty regime especially a basic men’s BB cream. A BB cream is not just used for brightness, it can be used as a sunscreen and acts like a shield between the harsh polluted environment and the skin. A man’s skin also needs good nourishment and protection. In countries where men are more conscious about their skin routine, they do have bb creams available especially for men. But countries, where men
If you are looking for a flawless skin you can go ahead and try any of the BB cream mentioned above whichever suits your skin and budget.