These Are The Best BB Cushions You Need For Every Skin Type
Have you ever wondered how idols and actors always pull off gorgeous, dewy, smooth skin? Well, it has lots to do with their skincare routines, but also the kind of makeup they wear. One of Korea’s most popular foundation system is the BB cushion, that little round thing you see actresses pull out of their bags right before an important meeting, a date or while doing their makeup in the morning. What are they exactly? If you’ve never heard of them or seen one, they’re basically cushions soaked in BB or CC cream (or liquid foundations from time to time) inside a compact, paired with a bouncy applicator puff that you pat all over your face. Some consider it a fusion between skincare and makeup because they not only cover your skin but also improve its feel, look, and overall health.
Sounds like a catch? Well, it is, but do all cushions work the same for all people? That would be a no. Depending on your skin concerns and struggles, there are different ones that would work best for you, and in order for you to find the one, we made a list of our absolute favorites for every skin type.
For Dry Skin – CLIO Nudism Water-Grip Cushion
This super lightweight cushion’s goal is to provide you with coverage while mimicking a bare face. Its innovative formula is 70 percent skin moisturizing ingredients that will keep your skin hydrated all day long. The best thing about it is that even when its main goal is to hydrate, it doesn’t feel sticky or oily at all. Different from regular cushions, this one comes in a unique honeycomb mesh that releases a creamy foundation, which will stay put all day long.
For Dehydrated Skin – IOPE Air Cushion
There’s a reason why this air cushion is a best seller in Korea. It was one of the first ones of its kind containing Bio Water, which is a hydration magnet, and 3D prism pearls, which add a glow finish to your makeup. If you suffer from dry skin or dehydration, then this cushion is the answer for you. The coolest thing about this cushion is its science: it uses a method called Coloring Technology, which evenly blends color particles by repeatedly pushing them against each other, helping you see more vivid colors and meticulous coverage, all to reach glowing skin that feels and looks moisturized from deep within.
For Sensitive Skin – CosRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion
We’ve talked about CosRX before and how all their skincare products are a gold mine for peeps with sensitive and acne prone skin. Well, their BB cushion is no exception. This multifunctional cushion offers light coverage that’s long lasting and looks super natural. It contains centella asiatica, an ingredient that helps soothe and calm down your skin, diverse vitamins for a youthful look, and most importantly, it’s SPF 47 PA+++, which will protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
For Oily Skin – ETUDE House Real Powder Cushion
The most amazing thing about this powder cushion is how it goes on wet but dries to a matte, powdery finish that offers medium, buildable coverage. Another perk? The majority of the cushions meant for oily skin don’t focus on dewiness, but this one does, even with its matte finish. It’s not as lightweight as other cushions being that one of its main goals is to provide you with high coverage, reason why it feels more like a mousse than a creamy foundation.
For Acne-Prone Skin – Klairs Mochi BB Cushion
This is one of those products that you should simply get because of the cuteness. Thankfully, the Mochi Cushion is as good as it’s pretty. It’s been designed as a balm-type product instead of the liquid formula we’re used to, which fills in pores and acts like a natural redness neutralizer, so you could say it’s both a concealer and a cushion in one. As it comes in just one shade, it fits both warmer and colder undertones, and it’s often used as a color corrector too. Its formula helps acne prone skin look and feel calmer and smoother, covering up blemishes and breakouts without stressing them out.
For Combination Skin – Peripera Dal Dal Factory Cushion
Besides the fact that Peripera’s new summer collection looks like a candy store, which could be reason enough to get your hands on it, their new Airy Ink Cushion is what combo-skin dreams are made of. Its formula is light and matte but still vibrant. It adheres to the skin like a second layer, which stays put all day to prevent fading and oxidation — two very important points when picking the right cushion for you. Combo skin can be an emotional rollercoaster. Some areas of your skin are oily, some are dry, some are more sensitive than others… this cushion fights back against all those struggles to provide you with a velvet-like airy finish.
For Hyper Pigmentation – MISSHA M Magic Cushion
Ask anyone K-Beauty obsessed and they’ve probably seen or heard about this cushion already, as it’s considered a staple. The M Magic Cushion uses a BB Cream-based formula containing ingredients such as bamboo water, baobab tree fruit extract, and witch hazel extract, which smooth out, hydrate, and brighten up your skin. All this in addition to providing high coverage that will conceal blemishes, discolorations, dark circles, uneven skin tone, and signs of pigmentation. Plus, its lightweight texture absorbs sweats and oils for comfortable wear that lasts all day, so you can bet once you get home at night your makeup will look the same as when you left.
For Dull Skin – Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening
Looking for a cushion to even out your skin tone? Then you came to the right place. This cushion from Sulwhasoo is what we like to call a multifunction cushion, as it not only provides your skin with long-lasting coverage, but also treats and vitalizes skin to bring out its brilliance. Formulated with magnolia extract, this heaven-sent cushion will brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration, while the unique purified water with licorice extract contained in it purifies the skin so it looks clearer and cleaner, all towards an even complexion that looks brilliant.
Did you favorites make the list? If not, let us know what your go-to cushion is!
Caromalis is a K-pop and K-beauty obsessed vlogger and writer. You can find her interviewing some of yours (and her) favorite groups when they visit NYC, trying the latest K-Beauty trends, testing idols’ skincare routines or doing #masKaraoke. Say hi to Caro on Instagram and Twitter!