No-makeup makeup has never been easier.

By Hana Hong
September 18, 2020
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Just when you thought you had finally familiarized yourself with tinted moisturizers and BB creams, the next innovation arrives in the foundation-skincare sector. Aptly called CC cream, the skincare-makeup hybrid goes one step beyond its little sister BB to address issues like redness and sallowness with light-diffusing particles and color technology. Although CC stands for color correction, the best formulas go above and beyond—they also offer more coverage, anti-aging benefits, and sun protection to boot. Can you think of a better beauty multitasker? To assist in your CC journey, we tested countless CC creams on the market to track down the ones that do way more than just color correct. 

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$39, sephora.com

Get you a CC cream that can protect you against the sun and environmental aggressors. Using the same sunscreen formula you know and love, Supergoop’s newest launch provides buildable coverage with Irish moss and red seaweed extract to protect your skin against free radicals.

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$44, sephora.com

One of K-beauty’s beloved beauty brands, this high-tech formula really delivers on its cult status. Don’t be discouraged by its three-shade range—that's because the formula goes on clear and adapts to your skin tone as you rub it in. Once blended, it blurs over imperfections like an airbrush filter.

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$40, sephora.com

One of the most popular marketing buzzwords on CC creams (and skincare in general) is “glowy,” but that might not be the most appealing adjective if you have oily skin. Instead, look towards this oil-free, matte option equipped with charcoal and colloidal clay to help absorb excess oil for up to 12 hours. For all the acne-prone folk: It also has tea tree extract to keep breakouts at bay. 

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$55, nordstrom.com

For drier skin, this CC cream is indeed worth the splurge. In true Chanel fashion, it has a luxuriously rich texture and feminine scent, but it also provides just the right amount of coverage to cover blemishes without looking cakey. And the best part? It’s chock-full of vitamin C and antioxidants, like hyaluronic acid, to improve your skin’s hydration levels over time.

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$39, ulta.com

Equally important to what you find in skincare is what you won’t find—artificial colors and dyes, fragrance, and parabens. If you’re looking for a clean ingredient list you understand, opt for this all-organic formula created with botanical juices instead of water for maximum skincare benefits.