The 10 best CC creams you should invest in this year

By Ellyn Peratikou

Want to fake a flawless complexion in one simple step? Amazing new creams are taking the beauty world by storm, promising convenience, skincare benefits and great coverage in one product. discover how they work, and how to use them…

You’ve probably just gotten to grips with blemish balm (BB) creams, yet now these have been superceded by complexion corrector (CC) creams. So, what exactly can they do for your skin that a regular tinted moisturiser or a BB cream can’t?

A tinted moisturiser is a sheer wash of foundation mixed with moisturiser, but doesn’t usually have SPF protection or other benefits.
A BB cream includes skincare support (anti-ageing, spot treatment, hydrating), SPF and will cover imperfections. However, the new CC cream’s main selling point is better coverage of high colour, age spots, dark circles and blemishes while leaving your skin looking fresh.

Your skin, but better

Celebrity make-up artist, Ariane Poole (, is a fan of the new CC creams. ‘For women aged 30 plus they are better than BB creams because they brighten your complexion, but they’re great on younger faces too. My 15 year old daughter loves them as they give a really natural finish to her skin. And, they’re great if you don’t usually like wearing foundation; CC cream is so light you’ll barely notice it’s on.’

The lightweight creams contain complexion-boosting ingredients such as vitamin C, antioxidants and enzymes. ‘They won’t settle in lines and wrinkles,’ adds Ariane. ‘And if you have dark pigment marks or rosacea you can use them under foundation for complete coverage. CC creams are adaptable and buildable, meaning you can use them in lots of different ways.’

Celebrity make-up artist, Louise Young ( says that CC creams are a great convenience product, but she is yet to be convinced that they can completely replace moisturiser and foundation. ‘They are a great time saver and very convenient for women who want to use just one product, but I’m not sure how they can really do the job of separate products and match your skin tone as well as a foundation can.’

Skin-caring ingredients

These multi-taskers will earn their place in your make-up bag as they are packed with ingredients to care for your skin as well as enhance it. They contain anti-ageing peptides, vitamin E and niacinamide to reduce lines and wrinkles; hydrating agents including hyaluronic acid and glycerin; colour-corrective pigments in order to reduce high colour and uneven skin tone; light diffusers to give a radiant, brighter complexion; and, finally, SPF to protect your skin from the ageing effects of sunlight.

A perfect match

Most CC creams have a choice of just two or three shades, so you may wonder how they can possibly suit individual skin tones. Here’s how.

‘They contain colour-adapting particles that react with your skin in order to create the right shade,’ explains Ariane. ‘However, it is still important to test a few shades before buying a CC cream. Wait a few minutes after applying a little to your face to see how the colour reacts and then choose the one that blends into your skin seamlessly.’

How to apply

  1. During winter, depending on how dry your skin is, you may need a moisturiser underneath, but in summer you can definitely go without.
  2. Use a foundation brush or fingers to apply. ‘Use it all over your face, under the eyes and blend well,’ says celebrity make-up artist, Ariane Poole.
  1. You may not need to use a separate concealer, but if you do, be sure to apply it afterwards.
  2. Don’t use powder after applying a
    CC cream,’ says Ariane. ’Otherwise you’ll spoil the radiant glow it gives your skin.’
  3. Always start with clean and dry skin before you apply and blend with your fingertips.

10 of the best

Max Factor CC cream (£9.99, This comes in three shades and blends cucumber water, rosehip extract and sea buckthorn for brighter, smoother skin.

PÜr Minerals CC cream (£25, M&S) Contains meadowsweet and wheat germ to help erase brown spots, blemishes and fine lines. It has SPF40 protection and is free from paraben.

Olay Regenerist CC cream (£24.99, A serum, moisturiser and sheer foundation. It comes in three shades, has SPF15 and claims to reduce wrinkles in two weeks.

Origins Smarty Pants CC cream (£28, out fine lines, minimises oiliness and helps to perfect the appearance of large pores. Easy to blend.

Nip + Fab CC cream (£14.95, This has soline to moisturise, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, light-diffusing pigments to cover imperfections and oat extract to tone.

No7 Youthful CC cream (£14.95, Boots) This comes in two shades and contains Alfalfa extract and anti-ageing lipopeptides to reduce wrinkles in four weeks. It also has SPF15.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream (£28, Infused with Aloe Barbadensis leaf and hyaluronic acid, it keeps skin hydrated and comes in six shades.

L’Oreal Nude Magique CC cream (£9.99, This comes in three different formulas. Anti-Redness, Anti-Dullness, and Anti-Fatigue.

Olay Total Effects CC cream (£14.99, Its anti-ageing VitaNiacin complex corrects skin tone and helps fade age spots. It won’t sink into lines, and it blends easily.

Seventeen CC cream (£6.99, Boots) Covers imperfections, contains SPF25 and vitamin E to hydrate, leaves skin radiant but with a semi-matte finish. Great for younger skin.


This article first appeared in at home’s Celebrity Christmas Special

Words: Sarah Purcell Image: Shutterstock


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