Color correcting creams, also known as CC creams, are a foolproof way to cover imperfections without going full coverage. They’re a lighter alternative to your standard foundation and typically include key ingredients for nourishing the skin. In short: the one-step, multi-tasking staple is the easiest (and quickest) way to even out skin tone and diminish redness. As with any makeup product, finding those gems that compliment brown skin can be challenging, so we did some digging and found the best for you.
10 CC Creams To Covet When You Don’t Have Time For Foundation
tarte Colored Clay CC Primer, $18
This travel-friendly stick applicator can be used before foundation to cancel out discoloration or used alone for lightweight coverage. Apply the applicator directly to your face and buff the formula into the skin with your fingers or a foundation brush.
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Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, $42
Even out your skin tone with this color corrector from Smashbox. It instantly lessens the appearance of dark spots while neutralizing and brightening your complexion over time.
Cover up imperfections in one step with this moisturizing complexion perfector. Utililizing a blend of essential fatty acids and light-diffusing mica, this CC cream neutralizes discoloration and blotchiness, while instantly softening the appearance of fine lines and pores.
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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, $39
Fake perfected skin with this ultra-hydrating color corrector. It’s oil free and formulated to correct a number of skin imperfections, including dullness and redness. Smooth onto the entire face or just the areas of concern for a flawless, natural-looking glow.
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Bobbi Brown CC Cream SPF 35, $46
Even your complexion and prevent future dark spots with this color correcting hybrid, featuring SPF 35 and brightening botanicals to create the appearance of healthy looking skin.
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Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector, $36
This formula intuitively corrects color and hydrates the skin for a flawless finish.
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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $29.50
Deeply nourish your skin while delivering dewy sheer to medium coverage with this mineral-based gel formula. It also contains marine botanicals and antioxidants, which aid in hydration and protecting the skin from environmental stressors.
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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50, $38
This fan favorite is a full coverage color corrector that doesn’t crease or crack and is chalked full of anti-aging ingredients. This formula is perfect for all skin tones and skin types.
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Shea Moisture CC Cream SPF 15, $16
Use this all-in-one color corrector to create buildable coverage while deeply nourishing your skin with vitamins C and E.