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Guys, Would You Wear It? BB Cream: Skincare Makeup

the face lotion that wears like a makeup

By Megan Collins | Apr 11 2013

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Do you remember that Home Improvement episode where the oldest one (I forget his name…I forget all their names except Wilson. Remember Wilson? “Hi ho neighbor!” Yep, I’m such a dork; why do you guys read me?!) was going to a dance, but he had a big zit on his face?

So the mom pulled out her makeup bag and put concealer over it and he was all, “Mo-o-o-o-m!” but then looked in the mirror saw how much better his skin looked, and was totally fine with it?

And then in the next scene, the mom comes home and the son is giving a makeup tutorial to all his guy friends?

That always made so much sense to me.

I mentioned on Twitter the other day the double standards when it comes to jean shorts (ie, good on us ladies, BAD on you fellas), and this is another instance where I’m just so, so happy to be of the female persuasion.

Because makeup is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to my face.

Not that I’m even all that good with it – I have the very basics down: a little bit of blush (or “rouge” as a guy friend who apparently is 60 years old called it the other day), some eyeliner when I’m feeling fancy, a swipe of lipstick. But I would give it all up if I could just hold on to my BB cream.

high quality before & after with BB Cream:

(that white bit is toothpaste on the mirror. only the best production value for you guys)

This face product, already huge in Asia before finding its way stateside, combines moisturizer with SPF (what we – and hopefully you fellas too put on each morning) and foundation (the liquid stuff ladies often apply after moisturizer to make our skin look more even-toned).

BB cream comes in several shades, so you choose the one that matches the closest to your skin tone. It feels like heavy-ish face lotion, but provides color and coverage like makeup. The best of both worlds, as Hannah Montana before she went rogue on Disney with that mohawk and probable heavy drug use would say.

my BB cream of choice: Jane Iredale

I don’t wear BB cream every day because my bottle is not that big and I am cheap; I use it when I’m feeling extra blotchy – hello late nights/booze/ravages of winter!  Or if I break out across my forehead or chin (which, okay, can happen from time to time and GEEZ CAN WE STOP TALKING ABOUT IT ALREADY). The effects? Amazing. You can see the difference in the picture above; all I’m wearing is BB cream, no other makeup yet, and I’m like a new Style Girlfriend! I could walk out the door wearing just the BB cream and feel totally fine for the day.

So my question is: can you guys get in on this?

When I think back on that Home Improvement episode, I recognize the pangs of inequality felt even then – why shouldn’t guys be able to cover up a zit here or there? Now that I’m older, I feel for men just the same. Wouldn’t you want to cover the blotchy redness lingering after a late night out with the boys, or a late night at the office? What about to hide the effects of some adult acne?

As a full-fledged female, I just want you to know that I am TOTALLY fine with you trying this. Maybe, like me, you wouldn’t wear it every day, or maybe you’d mix it in with your regular (manly) moisturizer for just a tiny bit of color that makes your face appear a little more even-toned.

Do me a favor, go into your girlfriend/wife/we’re not into labels’ bathroom cabinet tonight and see if she has any BB cream. (I use Jane Iredale, but there are plenty of brands out there). If she’s got some, give it a try tomorrow morning, and see how you feel. I swear you’ll be stealing glimpses of yourself in window reflections, and getting compliments on how great you look from co-workers.

But hey, don’t do it for me. And don’t do it if you think it’s crazy. My point is just that, as a lady type, I don’t think it’s crazy to jump on the BB cream bandwagon.



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