The best CC creams to help conceal, correct and even things out

Looking for something lighter than that bottle of foundation?

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Looking for something lighter than that bottle of foundation?

Finding the best complexion product can be tricky, as the waters have become somewhat muddied. We now have BB creams, the best CC creams and even the lesser-known DD creams. Yep, it's a bit of a minefield.

We love CCs, not only because they colour correct for a more even canvas, but also because they're perfect for the warmer months, when you no doubt prefer something lighter than your best foundation without skimping on a great finish.

Hailing from the world of Korean beauty, you'll find in their formulas a whole host of skin-loving vitamins, plumping peptides and potent, radiance-boosting complexes. CC creams have you covered. Literally.

Have we piqued you're interest yet? Yes? Keep reading for everything you need to know about 'em.

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What is CC cream and how does it work?

'A CC Cream is a multipurpose product, merging all of your skincare, make-up and [sometimes] SPF,' says Rose Gallagher, make-up artist and IT Cosmetics UK brand ambassador. 'The term "CC" stands for colour correcting, so like a great hyperpigmentation treatment, this one product will correct any uneven pigment in the skin, helping to soften the appearance of things like dullness, redness, discolouration, skin pigmentation and sun spots.

'CC Creams are fantastic for so many different types of people. If youre time poor, you’ll love that this one step delivers so many benefits. You don’t need to layer lots of products to get the advantages of your make-up, skincare and SPF.

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'With this in mind, it’s also a great option for anyone who doesn’t have a huge budget,' she continues. 'I’d also really recommend CC Creams for anyone who isn’t hugely confident when applying make-up. They tend to give a blurring, soft finish to the skin that's very adaptable, so they’re great if you aren’t entirely sure which shade will suit you best, or if your skin tends to warm up and cool down depending on how much time you’ve spent in the sun.

'Simplicity is a huge appeal of a CC Cream. But, simplicity aside, they’re also a great option for anyone who wants to correct any discolouration in their skin. And if skincare is important to you, it’s a lovely make-up option because there’s so much skincare infused into the formula.'

How to choose a CC cream

So, you know how it works, now how do you choose one that's right for your skin? 'Be sure to check the level of coverage your CC Cream offers, because this is the one element of CC Creams that varies widely from brand to brand,' Rose advise. 'You’ll tend to find that they offer a fresh, dewy finish, but some will offer more coverage whereas others will simply impart a soft tint.

'And it’s worth noting that SPF causes flashback in photographs – when your face looks whiter than your body if you use a flash photographer – so if you want to avoid this, look for a physical-only SPF.'

Best CC creams for oily skin

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream SPF 30, Lookfantastic

best cc cream La Roche Posay

CC creams tend to be much lighter than their BB sisters, making them a better suitor for oily skin that gets clogged easily or is prone to breakouts. With a super smooth texture and broad-spectrum sun protection, La Roche-Posay is a lightweight cream is an ideal base for summer. It also contains beneficial emollients like shea butter, and antioxidants like Vitamin E to help protect and nourish your skin. So long, redness.

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Best drugstore CC creams

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream SPF 15, Lookfantastic

best cc cream drugstore Bourjois

We're loyal to our beauty counter and designer buys, but few things can compare to picking up a great formula for just shy of a tenner. Although Bourjois has now discontinued sales in the UK and Ireland, you're still able to snap up some of their products online – including their colour-correcting CC with three pigments apricot to target anti-fatigue, green to correct redness and white to brighten dark spots.

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Best CC creams for dry skin

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30, John Lewis

best cc cream for dry skin Clinique

A moisture surge is exactly what dry and or flaky skin types need to improve that skin texture as well as your comfort levels – there's nothing worse than that tight-faced feeling that's only worsened by wearing make-up. Clinique's is thicker and more hydrating than a lot of other options, providing medium coverage; if you're reluctant to pass up on your best foundation for dry skin, you'll love this.

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Best CC creams with SPF

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+ Cream, Cult Beauty

best cc cream IT Cosmetics

The founder of IT Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima, created this CC cream to help her feel confident. She herself suffers from rosacea, so worked closely with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to develop the perfect formula to mask redness. And boy, does it. The brand is centered on creating problem-solving products and this is a great example – it's a sell-out for good reason. They also launched CC+ Illumination, which is great if you fancy something a little glowier, and now there's a CC+ Oil-Free Matte if you have oily skin. The thing to remember about all of them, is that a little goes a long way. Use the smallest amount and buff in with their Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush, £36. We really do think that this is the best cc cream on the market.

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Best Korean CC cream

Erborian CC Crème SPF 25, Space NK

This clever little CC cream blends beautifully and comes with a bonus SPF 25. Even cleverer, though, is that it goes on pearly and then adapts to your skin tone to perfectly colour correct your base. Dore is designed for medium to dark skin tones, while clair suits fairer skin tones.

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Still not convinced enough to make the switch? Keep scrolling for a few of our other favourites. You'll be a convert in no time.

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.