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Tinted moisturizers have come a long way since they first launched in the ’90s. Whereas the earlier versions really worked only for ladies looking for light coverage, now there are all sorts of options—including BB and CC creams (which are basically skin-care-supercharged tinted moisturizers). It’s all a little confusing, so we broke it down for you according to your individual needs.

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If You're Always Shiny: Try La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur

Constantly blotting your face? This lightweight cream has an airy texture that instantly blurs away pores and imperfections, while oil-absorbing ingredients like airlicium keep your makeup fresh all day.

La Roche-Posay ($30)

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If You Tend to Break Out: Try Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

Those of us with acne-prone skin are often wary of makeup clogging our pores, but this drugstore favorite actually clears them up thanks to salicylic acid in the formula. 

Maybelline ($8)

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If You're Always Dry: Try IPKN Moist & Firm BB Cream SPF 45

You know how foundation tends to just sit on top of your skin and make dry spots look worse? This hydrating pick has vitamin E and ceramides in it (two ingredients that are commonly found in moisturizers) so it actually makes your complexion softer and smoother with use. 

IPKN ($35)

If You Need Extra Coverage: Try IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

CC stands for “color correcting,” which is exactly what this full-coverage cream does when it’s applied to blotchy skin. And here’s the genius part: It accomplishes this without ever looking or feeling too heavy or caked on. 

IT Cosmetics ($38)

If You Have Mature Skin: Try 3LAB Perfect BB Cream

Before you balk at the price tag, consider the ingredients in this cult-favorite pick. With apple stem-cell technology (which protects against UV rays and pollution) and something called “nano clair GY” (which reduces wrinkles), you get the immediate satisfaction of dewy, even coverage—and the long-term benefits of brighter, plumper-looking skin.

3LAB ($100)

If You Need More Shade Options: Try NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

This pro pick is extremely forgiving on skin. The creamy texture glides on smoothly and blends in easily so it’s near impossible to mess up. It also helps that there are 12 shades to choose from—ranging from a pale beige to a deep chocolate.

NARS Cosmetics ($45)

If You're Worried About Chemicals: Try ILIA Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

If anyone has doubts about natural beauty products actually working, steer them toward this tinted moisturizer. Packed with certified organic ingredients like sesame-seed oil and shea butter, it gives you a nice, sheer coverage without irritating skin. 

ILIA Beauty ($42)

If You're Afraid of Makeup: Try Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance

Makeup doesn’t get much easier—or more convenient—than a cushion compact. All you have to do is press the enclosed puff over the (pigment-soaked) sponge and dab it wherever you need the extra coverage. There’s no overdoing it either since the formula is so lightweight. 

Laneige ($38)

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