BB Cream, CC Cream…and Other Alphabets

Like most people, I learned my alphabets as a child. I remember learning them long before I entered kindergarten. My mom spent a lot of time homeschooling me before I officially began “real school” so I’ve known my ABC’s for years. Alas, I have to relearn them. Now there’s BB and CC…in creams, that is. I’ve been wearing makeup for over 30 years and I know about lipstick, eye shadow, and foundation. I’m comfortable with those things. But why, oh why, did the makeup world have to introduce BB Cream and CC Cream…and every other kind of alphabet cream? Isn’t it all the same? And why these double letters? (Sigh)


John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back Kotter” (Yes I’m a 70s kid)

Long story short, curiosity killed the cat, but it didn’t kill me! My desire to know led me to research and find out more about these alphabets…er…creams.

Once upon a time, there was a woman named Miss Foundation who met a man named Mr. Cream. They fell in love, married, and became Mr. and Mrs. Cream. (NOTE: Mrs. Cream was known professionally as Mrs. Foundation-Cream.) They gave birth to a girl and named her BB Cream. They gave birth to a second child shortly thereafter, another girl, and named her CC Cream. BB and CC were very close. The sisters looked and acted alike, but they were not twins. People asked Mr. and Mrs. Cream how they were able to tell their daughters apart. Mr. Cream stood clueless. Of course, Mrs. Cream (or Mrs. Foundation-Cream) readily spoke up and explained the differences between her two girls.

So…of course, I’m being silly and this story is obviously a tale. However, I wanted to illustrate that the two creams are not the same as I initially thought. And the two creams are not the same as foundation…as I also initially thought. They are all separate products that are related to each other. I’ll attempt to explain now.

BB Cream

BB Cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. It was developed by a German dermatologist named Dr. Christine Schrammek and is widely used in Asian markets. Its purpose is to correct flaws/blemishes and even out the skin tone. It has the benefit of being lighter than foundation, but thicker than tinted moisturizers. BB Cream has been so well received that many companies don’t even make tinted moisturizer anymore. The amazing thing is that it can substitute for many things at the same time. It can serve as a tinted moisturizer, a primer under foundation, sunblock, and can act as a foundation on its own. Some have anti-aging ingredients. The downside is that BB Cream doesn’t come in as many shades as foundation so choices are often limited. For example, the Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream comes in five shades, but the Avon Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation comes in 22 shades.

CC Cream

CC Cream stands for color correcting, complexion corrector, or color control. it is a spinoff of BB Cream and its purpose is to correct and even out skin conditions like rosacea or redness and blotchiness. In a nutshell, it does the same thing as its sister, BB, but provides a treatment in addition to serving as a makeup. It includes ingredients like lycopene to calm redness. It is recommended that folks in need of CC Cream use it as a primer under foundation.

It is said that the BB Cream focuses on preventing conditions whereas the CC Cream focuses on hiding conditions. 

DD Cream?

Yes…there’s DD Cream (sigh). Makeup companies could not give up the alphabets and have created DD Cream which stands for daily defense or dynamic d0-all. It is touted as a major skin protector with SPF sun protection and ingredients to keep the skin hydrated/moisturized.

And no….we’re not done. Can you guess what’s next?

You’re a smart cookie…

EE Cream!

How creative! (intentionally sarcastic) Yes, there is an EE Cream. WTH? Depending on the manufacturer, it stands for extra exfoliating or even effect. I neither have the patience nor the interest to explain.

I hope there are no FF Creams in our future. If so, I can be creative and tell you what I think the F should stand for! (Grrr) However, I think I want to keep my blog rated G for General Audiences.

Enough of these alphabets.


16 Foundation Tips

  1. Can’t find the right shade? You may need to purchase foundation in two different shades. One should be a shade darker and the other a shade lighter. Mixed together, it should make a nice match. Mix a few drops together on the back of your hand or on a palette and apply. You may need to play around with the amount you use of each shade until it matches your complexion. Women of color especially may have to do this because there often aren’t enough shades in our skin tones.
  2. Use the right tool to apply your foundation. Use a stippling brush for light coverage, a buffing brush for medium coverage, and a flat brush for full coverage. You will use less product because you’ll find that a little goes a long way. Avoid using a sponge applicator because it tends to soak up the foundation resulting in a lot of waste because the foundation ends up inside the sponge.
  3. When applying foundation, start at the center and use down strokes working your way out. Buff in foundation using circular motions.
  4. Only use foundation where you feel you need it. This will help your face to look more natural. Remember, less is more!
  5. Don’t limit foundation to just your face. Apply it to your neck and to your decolletage if it is showing. What about other exposed areas? Do you want your face to be an entirely different color than your ears? Add foundation there, too. You may not have to worry about this so much if you’ve done a good job of matching your foundation with your complexion.
  6. If you dampen a beauty blender and use it to blend in your foundation and even it out, it will give you a finish that looks airbrushed.
  7. I used to put on concealer before applying foundation. This is a no no.Apply it after . the foundation. Using a concealer brush will help you to cover under eye circles in the corner. Concealer should only be a shade lighter than your own skin. Blend it well so that it provides a nice highlight.
  8. Always set your foundation with powder – loose or pressed. This will help the foundation to stay on your face and not rub off onto other materials. It will also last longer. Apply to your T-zone and under your eye. Let the powder “bake” onto your face by letting it sit for about 5 minutes then brushing off.
  9. When you set your foundation, only powder your T-zone. This is typically where we get oily. It prevents you from using too much powder and walking around with a ghost face.
  10. Is your foundation too thick? Need less coverage? Thin it out with a little water or add a little moisturizer to it. It will become sheer. The more water or moisturizer you add, the more sheer the foundation will be become.Thin it to your liking.
  11. Need to make your foundation a little thicker? Add just a little face powder to it.
  12. Did you know you can make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing your own moisturizer with a few drops of liquid foundation?
  13. You can mix your primer and your foundation and apply them together instead of separately. This will ensure that the products blend seamlessly instead of appearing layered on top of each other.
  14. Many of us put on highlighter after we apply foundation. Try putting the highlighter on under the foundation next time. As the foundation wears throughout the day, you will have a glow underneath from the highlighter.
  15. Crush some golden eyeshadow or pearly white eyeshadow and mix it into your foundation. It will make your skin appear luminous..
  16. Blot your face before and after applying foundation to prevent the foundation from oxidizing and changing color (orange).

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Types of Foundations

Two days ago, I posted about How to Pick the Best Foundation For You. In this post, I explore some of the types of foundations from which we have to choose: mineral powder, loose powder, pressed powder, liquid, cream-to-powder, cream, and stick.

Mineral Powder Foundation

Mineral Powder Foundation is made from fine, crushed minerals. Because it is a natural product, it is generally suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. It is easy to apply and results in a professional, polished look. It provides good coverage and is buildable. It is known to look good (smooth and even) on camera, and is long lasting.

Loose Powder

Loose Powder is used to add a finishing touch to already applied foundation. It sets the makeup and helps it to last. Loose powder comes in a jar and is great for oily skin!

Pressed Powder

Pressed Powder helps to hide flaws and imperfections. It absorbs shine and touches up the face very quickly as needed. It comes in a compact.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid Foundation has a name that speaks for itself. The liquid is lightweight, easy to apply, and is generally suitable for all skin types. For these reasons, it is the most popular of all foundation types. Some liquids are oil-based (great for dry skin) or water-based (great for oily skin).

Cream-to-Powder Foundation

Cream-to-Powder Foundation is a two-in-one foundation that starts as a cream and ends as a powder. It blends very easily and has a semi-matte or powdery finish. Great for normal to dry or even slightly oily skin!

Cream Foundation

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Cream Foundation typically comes in a jar. It is thick, creamy, and oily…making it perfect for dry skin. It covers flaws well and can double as a concealer.


Stick Foundation

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Stick Foundation is solid and provides a matte finish. It can double as a concealer. Great for oily skin!

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How to Pick the Best Foundation for You

With Avon, and many other makeup companies, there are so many choices in foundation. How does one begin to make a selection with all the possibilities? There are so many options with regard to formula and shade. Your foundation shouldn’t make you look made up or clownish. I’m of the belief that your foundation should look natural and flawless. No one should look at you and immediately notice that you are wearing make up because it’s too shiny, caked on, or shades lighter or darker than your natural color.Let me offer you some assistance. Here are four questions  to ask/answer when choosing the best foundation for you:

  1. What is your skin type? Click here to see my post on how to determine your skin type. Are you normal, oily, dry, or a combination? This is important because foundation will often come in a formulas for various skin types. For exxample, people with combination/oily skin. People with oily skin often find that liquid and powder foundations are best suited for them. Those with dry skin often determine that in addition to creamy liquids, jarred creams and stick foundations help to moisturize their flaky skin.
  2. What type of coverage do you want? Are you looking for a full coverage, medium, or something light and sheer? In essence, how much of your natural skin do you want to show? Full coverage makeup provides a flawless face. It not heavy as in years past –  there are light, full coverage formulas today. Anyone can use full coverage makeup, but especially people with discoloration, acne, or scarring may want to use it to hide flaws. Medium coverage provides a polished look and is a nice base for other cosmetics. It is also the most popular foundation coverage. This is generally for people that have some skin imperfections or unevenness. It is also buildable which means you can build coverage by adding another layer. Light or sheer coverage reduces shine and looks very natural. Someone with near perfect skin can use sheer coverage foundation. Sheer coverage foundation simply evens out the skin tone. Tinted moisturizer and BB Cream fit this category.
  3. What is your skin tone? Read this post I did on how to determine your skin tone and undertone. This is your complexion. Are you fair, light, medium, olive, brown, deep brown? Foundations are also divided by type. They often run the gamut from very light to very dark. You need to know where you fit in. In addition, what is your undertone? Are you warm, cool, or neutral?
  4. What type of finish do you want? An ultra matte finish has no oil and is generally recommended for people going before cameras (e.g., TV, photo shoot) who can’t have the light reflecting off their skin at all. Remember, matte means flat. There is no shine or shimmer with this finish. A natural matte finish, however, will make your skin look just that — natural — not shiny/not dull. A dewy finish will leave a soft, youthful glow. It looks almost moist. Another type is a satin finish which falls somewhere between matte and dewy.Think of the glow after a quick run or work out. Finally, a sheer finish provides one of the most natural looks in that there is just a little coverage to the point of almost being bare (no foundation). To determine finish, you should also consider your skin type. Someone with oily skin may want a matte finish and should likely stay away from the satin finish that my contribute more oil. Likewise, someone with dry skin may need the glow of a satin finish, but may decide against matte which will be even more drying to the skin.

Let’s sample!!!

Once you know your skin type, your skin tone, the type of coverage you want as well as the type of finish, it’s time to make a choice. Choose three foundations that you believe match your skin tone the closest. Your foundation should match or be just a tad lighter than your natural skin tone. If possible, sample before buying! Apply it on your lower jaw because skin tends to be even-toned under there. The shade that appears to dissolve into your skin is your match!


Are you ready to shop yet? Shop for foundation here. FYI, I happen to like the Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Liquid Foundation. 

Anew Line Eraser – It Works!

Avon sells Anew Clinical Line Eraser with Retinol which is supposed to reduce lines and wrinkles. I wondered if it really worked. My thinking is that if I sell it, I have to believe in it…so I ordered some and decided to try it for myself. I followed my regular morning regimen. First I cleaned my skin. Then it was time to treat. I looked in the mirror and noticed the lines in the corner of my eye. Ugh! When did those come? I placed a dab of the line eraser on the lines. I followed with my Anew Revitalizer moisturizer and eye cream and then checked the mirror. THE LINES WERE GONE! Wait a minute. Did that just happen? Was my mind playing tricks on me? I quickly grabbed my camera to photograph the evidence…


The above photo shows before and after I used the Anew Clinical Line Eraser. You can clearly see the lines in the corners of my eyes in the first picture. There are NONE in the second picture. AMAZING!

This line eraser contains retinol, a top wrinkle-fighting ingredient. The packaging says that lines and wrinkles are reduced in just days. I assume this refers to a more permanent reduction with use because mine were reduced immediately. In fact, a study showed that 100% of women who used the product showed improvement with regard to their lines and wrinkles.The product also claims to give one a more youthful appearance. I guess it’s true…I wrote yesterday about my colleague complimenting me for turning back the hands of time. (I’m age 48!) See that post here.

Directions: Use in the morning and evening after cleansing. Apply to face and neck.

I am very satsified with this product and highly recommend it. Order it in the eStore today have it delivered directly to your home.




Anew Clinical Line Eraser with Retinol Treatment


How to Make Your Eye Shadow POP!

I LOVE make up! I remember getting in tons of trouble in junior high school in the early 1980s for wearing makeup to school without my mother’s permission. I was only 12 or 13, far too young for a full face of makeup, but I wanted to be grown! By the time I got to 10th grade, my mom let me wear it. I no longer had to sneak out of the house and put it on in the girls’ bathroom. Further, I had a part-time job at Burger King earning money of my own to indulge in all of my color. I recall that in Spanish class, I had a classmate whose mother sold Avon. She always brought her mom’s brochures to school to sell products and I would pour through the pages, jotting down my Avon order every two weeks. Of course, I ordered (you guessed it) make up! I have always loved blush, and lipstick, and eyeliner. But eye shadow? Hmm…not so much.

In 1996, I learned how to apply it. I went to a makeup counter in Macy’s and a MUA taught me how to apply eye shadow just before my wedding day. I wanted to look good on my honeymoon so I needed a quick lesson. I wore it sporadically from that moment on until I got stuck on shades of blue and turquoise a few years ago. I liked the way it looked, so I began to wear it regularly. In fact, nearly every time I am feeling my best, I am usually wearing something in the blue family on my lids. (See the photos below)


Me in shades of dark blue eye shadow



Me in turquoise eye shadow

Little did I know that I felt good wearing it because it was the right color for my brown eyes. Yes…there is a way to match your eye shadow with the color of your eyes to make them POP! I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the term “opposites attract.” The same is true with your eye color vs your eye shadow…opposites attract. The opposite color on your lids is what makes your eyes pop. To find the opposite of your eye color, use a color wheel. (see below)


To use the color wheel, first find your eye color. Then look at the opposite side of the wheel to find your “opposite match.” Let’s try it!

1. If your eyes are green, the opposite side is red and red-purple Your opposite match is in the mauve family.

2. If your eyes are blue, the opposite side is in the oranges/yellow orange. Browns and golds work for you.

3. Brown eyes, you can be found over there with the oranges/yellow orange. Your opposite match includes the blues. This is me! I will generally wear a base in a neutral shade of brown and then make my eyes pop with a shade of blue.

4. Hazel eyes are generally a mix of browns and greens. Your opposite match is perhaps a burgundy (a mix of the red-purple and the purple).

Does the color wheel mean that you can’t ever wear any other shade? Absolutely not! The color wheel is just a tool to assist you. I have brown eyes and I have worn pinks and oranges and purple on my eyes with confidence – sometimes at the same time! These colors are definitely not my opposite match on the color wheel, but I felt good when I wore them. See me in the photos below:


The color wheel is just a tool. Now you know how to make your eye pop with eye shadow! I use Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quads. Find an Avon eye shadow that is just right for you.

Good luck!