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Hello lovlies! Today I am stopping by Studio5 to dish on all things CC Cream. If you've wondered what all the buzz is about, or what the differences are between a CC and a BB cream- then be sure you check out the Video below, and my top picks for products as well.

Wearing: Lace Sleeve Top c/o Oasap

CC creams are similar to BB Creams (essentially tinted moisturizers) but they pack more pigment
and are designed to neutralize redness in the skin. CC stands for 'color correcting' and the tones in a CC are often pigmented with a yellow or green base to combat the pinkness in your face. In all honesty, I believe that the use of the double letters is just a good marketing gimmick. Tinted moisturizers have been around for years- but it wasn't until all of this alphabet non-sense that they became spotlight products. The benefit of course, is that when a product is suddenly 'hot', brands throw extra money in to creating better formulas.

They are especially great for someone who wants to even out the tone of their skin but doesn't like full coverage foundation. Remember that most brands only offer 3-5 shades in their CC range, so it's very unlikely that you'll get a perfect match with your own skin tone. And that's ok. Because these formulas are based in a moisturizer, they will be more sheer in coverage and let your skin tone show through slightly.

I like to think of it like a basic math problem:

1(your skin tone) + 2(the CC tone) = 3(a combination of the two tones/ somewhere in the middle)

When buying a CC cream, I always recommend opting for a color that is lighter than your skin tone if you can't find an exact match. As a general rule CC creams tend to be darker than traditional foundations in the same range. And you can always add more color to the face with bronzers or blush- but the opposite is not true. If your base color is too dark, there is nothing you can do to lighten it without looking like Edward Scissorhands.

My top picks:

Physicians Formula CC Cream (two formulas: 20 SPF and 30SPF)
Olay Total Effects CC Cream (Anti-aging properties)
It Cosmetics CC Cream (50 SPF and the highest coverage of the three)
Double Sided Brush (only available with the Tarte Founcealer, but totally worth it!)
Chiseled Foundation Brush (only available with the Tarte Cover Creme Foundation, but again amazing!)

Do you have a favorite CC Cream? Let me know in the comments below so I can check it out. To vote for the Allure Beauty Blogger contest this week, head over here. xoxo

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