beauty mark: bb creams

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As is the case with many revolutionary beauty offerings, BB (stands for Blemish or Beauty Balm) Cream was an export from Asia. The skincare/makeup hybrid was already a pretty big deal in Japan and Korea before it landed stateside.

Since that first BB arrived, the category has blown up so now nearly every brand offers its own version of the stuff.

The offerings can be as opaque as tinted moisturizer or so transparent its more like a primer and they contain ingredients that can fight blemishes, hydrate parched skin, and even lighten dark spots.

Here are some BBs that are sheer genius.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35-- $19.50

Designed to make skin look better in front of the camera, this will get your face to a #nofilter kind of place.