The ABCs of cover-up

Caitlyn Davey lifts the lid on the new creams and lotions promising to improve your face Discuss this article

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First there was foundation, then came the BB cream... and now it’s all about the CC cream. Confused? Caitlyn Davey lifts the lid on the new products on the market and what you should plump for.

On a mission to demystify the latest make-up trends, we speak to a UAE expert to learn the ABCs of all-in-one skin-covering products on the market. Victoria Hands, make-up artist and founder of She Styles, explains what these products are and how they work.

Powder v cream
‘Pressed powder and cream serve two very different purposes,’ says Victoria. ‘A pressed powder is great for keeping make-up in place. If you have oily skin or areas that are prone to shine, a pressed powder will help to mattify the area. A cream, whether it’s moisturiser, sunscreen or primer, is generally best applied ten minutes before your make-up. This allows for the ingredients to absorb into the skin and act as a layer of protection. It is best to avoid powders if you have very dry skin as the product will flake; if you have oily skin, look for a cream that doesn’t contain oil.’

Beware of parabens
‘The main factor I always look out for when choosing foundations is if they contain parabens,’ says Victoria. ‘Parabens are used in some foundations and moisturisers to preserve the products, but studies have shown that they can be absorbed into the skin, leading to abnormally high oestrogen levels. Parabens have even been found in breast tumours, so this is something to really be aware of. It will always be mentioned on the product if it is paraben-free.’

The BB cream
A BB cream aims to provide all-in-one skincare in that it should have SPF protection, moisturiser and a tint. Victoria explains: ‘It has more benefits for your skin than a normal foundation or tinted moisturiser.

‘The product is meant for all skin types. My only concern is that a lot of women who use this product are sensitive to the sun, and because the product is tinted they don’t lather as much on as they would a normal SPF cream or sunscreen. This results in inadequate protection.’

Victoria explains that while BB cream is designed to suit all skin types, that’s not always the case. ‘I would beware if you have oily skin as this product is very moisturising and is likely to slip off your face fast and not give the best coverage.’

The CC cream
A relatively newer concept on the market, Victoria explains the CC cream. ‘CC stands for colour corrector. These creams are designed to address redness or sallowness (usually using light-diffusing particles) and the cream is very light.

‘The CC cream acts the same way as the BB cream, with the additional benefits addressed above, so it’s suited to the same skin types as BB creams. Different brands of CC cream will vary in the benefits they offer skin types. Again, as the CC cream has the same properties as the BB cream, it is very moisturising, though a little lighter. So I would be wary if you have very oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, just make sure you are putting enough on.’

By Caitlyn Davey
Time Out Doha,

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