BB Creams, CC Creams, Tinted Moisturizers, and now…what…DD CREAMS??  That’s it, I’m throwing in the towel.  The makeup industry has lost its mind and we’re all losing our minds with them.  The only difference between them and us is that they’re riding a river of money to the loony bin while we’re being dragged off to the poor house.

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These creams are soooo soooo SsssOOOO stupid.  They were basically invented for you to waste more money on crap you don’t need.  Why do they keep doing this?  Because they are ridiculously successful at duping stupid, silly, morons.

Why am I so mad?  Because I AM one of the stupid, silly morons.  I’ve owned multiple BB creams, tinted moisturizers and foundations, falling for their lame-o sham every…stinking…time.  Oh, what’s that you say, skin care industry??? I need a specialized CC cream for my EYELIDS that contains gold-leaf flecks from the Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia? If I don’t use it I’ll look like an 80-year-old bull dog suffering from eczema?? Sold!!!

Well, I’ve finally had enough.  I’ve seen through the smoke and mirrors and am going to educate as many people as I can about this sham so they won’t suffer like I have (ah…first world problems).  And as an added benefit, I’m going to teach you how to create all of these products using three products that have multiple uses.

So what are BB, CC, DD creams?

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Basically they’re like tinted moisturizers with some added benefits.  For instance:

Tinted Moisturizers

A light-weight version of foundation with moisturizing properties.  Sometimes they also include SPF.

BB Creams

A light-weight tinted moisturizer with (depending on the brand) antioxidants and/or SPF.

CC Creams

Basically BB creams with “supposed” color correcting effects, usually containing light-diffusing particles (or what normal people call “sparklies” or “shimmer”) and/or colors to balance out certain skin tones.

DD Cream

Wtf…honestly…this guy is new.  But from what I’ve heard it’s basically a mix of the first two.  Stupid.



So, what is so DUMB about all of these?  If you have a few items around your house that you are probably using anyway, and simply ONE foundation, you can make all of these products whenever you want.  Let me repeat:  You do not need a separate foundation, CC Cream, BB Cream, DD cream, and tinted moisturizer; you just need one, awesome, “favorite of yours” foundation to begin.

You could use a cheap, yet great, drugstore foundation (I’ve been impressed with Revlon ColorStay and Maybelline Fit Me)  that costs like $10 and make $40 worth of a BB cream, $45 dollars worth of a CC cream, $45 dollars worth of a tinted moisturizer (yes, this stuff is that expensive), and still have your full coverage foundation to use on special occasions.

Let’s get started.

So what do you need?

It depends on what you want (keep in mind this does not work with powder foundation):

Tinted Moisturizer

All you need is your favorite medium to full coverage foundation and your favorite moisturizer.  Place a dollop of moisturizer in your palm and squirt out a small dollop of your foundation (obviously way less than you’d normally use to cover your entire face).  Mix together and apply to your face.  WHAT?  But that’s too easy!  I KNOW…


BB Cream

All you need is your favorite medium to full coverage foundation and your favorite moisturizer that includes antioxidants and an SPF (if you really want to amp up the antioxidants, put a couple drops of your favorite serum on your clean skin before you apply).  For instance, my favorite is Oil of Olay’s Professional Pro-X Repair Lotion with SPF 30.  Place a dollop of the moisturizer in your palm and squirt out a small dollop of your foundation (obviously way less than you’d normally use to cover your entire face). Mix together and apply to your face.  Well this is just getting ridiculous isn’t it…?

CC Cream

This one is slightly more tricky, but still easy peasy to make!  You need:

  1. Favorite Moisturizer with antioxidants and SPF
  2. Favorite Foundation
  3. Some sort of liquid highlight product
  4. A color correcting primer of your choice or a color correcting liquid (you don’t really need this but I’m throwing it in as an option)

Place a dollop of the moisturizer in your palm, squirt out a small dollop of your foundation (obviously way less than you’d normally use to cover your entire face), and a tiny squirt of the liquid highlight product.  Mix together and apply to your face after applying your color correcting primer. Sigh…


Suggestions for liquid highlighters:  I use Josie Maran Argan Illuminzer, but there are tons of products to choose from.  For instance Benefit’s High Beam, Makeup Forever Uplight Face Illuminator Gel, or Nyx’s Born to Glow Illuminator in “Gleam”.

In regards to color correction, you can just slap on a primer (which you’d probably use anyway) in a shade of your choosing. This will also give you more control over the color, which is good because a lot of CC Creams tend to have too much pigment and make you look like a weirdo.  Smashbox has a primer in every…freaking…shade and L’Oreal has three shades of liquid color correctors called “Studio Secrets Professional Color”.

Generally when “color correcting” your face, the colors work as mapped out below by utilizing color wheel rules:

  • Use green or yellow to counteract red tones
  • Lilac to counteract yellow tones
  • Peach/pink to counteract blue tones
DD Creams

This one is too dumb to talk about.  If you want a DD cream just combine all the steps above.  Rinse and repeat.  Then punch yourself in the face.  Voila!


So you see, you don’t need all those worthless and expensive products.  By owning ONE foundation (that you can also use at night for more coverage), a moisturizer chock full of antioxidants and SPF (which you should be using daily anyhow), an illuminizer (which you can use to also highlight cheekbones, brow bones, nose, and combine with a body moisturizer to add a stripper-like sheen to your body), you will have 12 different products for the price of three:

  1. A Foundation
  2. An awesome moisturizer
  3. An illuminator
  4. A tinted moisturizer
  5. A BB cream
  6. A CC cream
  7. I guess a DD cream…stupid.
  8. Shimmery body lotion – Add illuminzer to body lotion
  9. Body makeup – Just add some foundation to body lotion
  10. Shimmery body makeup – Just add some foundation and illuminizer to body lotion
  11. Face highlight: Apply to brows, down the nose, tops of the cheek bones…the sky is the limit for a shiny face!
  12. Body highlight – Apply illuminizer to chest area…and va va voom!  Nothing says “hawt” like a shimmery clavicle bone.

There are probably more things you can do with this stuff but I’m tired and have to study for my “pig dissection” lab test.