Being flooded with all sorts of bases you see on beauty counters, it's only imperative that you know which face base you should be getting. Below, we differentiate each, so you'll know which one will work best for your skin type and lifestyle.

BB Creams
BB cream is short for blemish balm, a beauty innovation designed to cover imperfections while letting the skin's natural texture still show. It contains skincare ingredients that can heal and nourish your skin. BB creams also contain SPF protection, which makes it ideal for daily use. Also, this product provides sheer to medium coverage that doesn't look like a mask. Think of it as a tinted moisturizer boosted with skincare super powers. The downside is that BB creams come in limited shades.

Try: Maybelline Super BB Cream, P399, at department stores; Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 PA+++, P1,600, at SM North EDSA

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Perfect for: Any skin type, busy professionals who face computer monitors all day, women who are not used to wearing foundation

CC Creams
CC creams are color-correcting creams that reduce redness and dullness of the skin. Like BB creams, these also boast of ingredients that are good for the skin. You may also use CC creams as a foundation primer to even out your skin tone. The consistency of CC creams are more featherwight than BB creams, as the latter acts as a lightweight foundation. These are also advisable for daily use.

Try: Banila Co. It Radiant CC Cream SPF30 PA+++, P1,195, at Glorietta; Etude House CC Cream SPF30 in Silky, P848, at SM Megamall


Perfect for: Dry to normal skin, women with blotchy skin, and those who are not used to wearing foundation

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Foundations are made for coverage. They even out the skin tone and disguise flaws, depending on the pigmentation of the formula. These may come in liquid, cream, powder, cushion, and serum form. Before, a foundation's main function was to cover up and its result tends to appear mask-like. The new formulas available today contain skincare ingredients and SPF, and the finishes vary from matte to dewy to cater to our different needs.

A great formula for everyday use are cushions and serums because these feel like air on the skin. Coverage is buildable from sheer to medium. Plus, these have skincare ingredients just like BB and CC creams.

Try: Dior Skin Air Serum SPF20, at SM Makati; Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation, Greenbelt 5


Perfect for: Any skin type, women who aren't used to wearing thick foundation, BB and CC Cream fans

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For days when you want more coverage, let's say you're attending a wedding or a high-profile party, cream and liquid bases are your best bets. Remember to apply the foundation in thin layers for it to look more natural and to avoid the product from melting off your face in a short period of time.


Try: Revlon Photo Ready Insta-Fix Makeup, at department stores; Kanebo Full Radiance Foundation SPF25, at Rustan's; Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation, P499, at department stores 

Perfect for: Dry to normal skin, women who prefer heavy coverage makeup

Powders are versatile to use on both casual and formal days. This formula is foolproof to use—simply use a brush to sweep the product all over your face. 

Try: The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base, at SM Megamall


Perfect for: Normal to oily skin, women on the go, makeup newbies 

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