I don’t usually wear makeup except for special occasions and when I’m traveling. Even when I do wear makeup, I prefer a light coverage product so I’ve been using a BB cushion.
For the last few years, I’ve been using Innisfree’s long wear cushion which is pretty good as it feels like powder after application, I barely feel it and it does last even in the humidity of this little island I live on. However, Innisfree has recently made a slight change to their BB cushion formula and it now includes green tea extract, which is supposed to be really good for oil control but unfortunately my sensitive skin doesn’t like it very much. I’ve used other green tea products from Innisfree and while there is not itchy or burning or tingling sensation when I use them, my face does go a little red so there must be some sort of allergic reaction going on there.
I’ve been on the look for alternatives and while I’ve found some BB and CC creams, I haven’t found a cushion in the right color for my skin tone. I always end up having to mix colors to get the right shade and then there is the application. Do I use my fingers, do I use a brush or a beauty blender. I tend to go with the beauty blender but then the next thought that comes to mind is, what about touch ups? Cushions make it so easy to do touch ups.
I happened to come across a few videos on Youtube about making your own BB cushion with products you already use so that’s what I went ahead and did.
For this DIY, I actually bought my cushion case from a local online store, but there are plenty of places out there that sell the same thing online. Alternatively, you could always recycle a cushion you already have in your makeup drawer – just clean it thoroughly and remember to disinfect with rubbing alcohol.
Here’s what my cushion case looks like:
These are the products I used to make my BB/CC cream:
From left to right:
1. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in fair – I got this travel size version from Sephora to try out. I loved the coverage but found the color a little too light for me plus no SPF as far as I can tell.
2. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Natural Beige – this one also has a nice light to medium coverage but the color is just not quite right, a little too dark and the next lighter color is a little to light. Another problem is that there is no SPF.
3. Garnier SkinActive BB 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector for oily/combination skin in light/medium – like the other two, great coverage and a little goes a long way, however it’s very liquidity which means application and touch up can get a little messy if you’re a little klutzy. There is also SPF in it, though not a high one.
4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – I recently got this in a travel size to try out as I was changing my whole skin care routine and have been loving it. It leaves my skin soft and does help with the oil control.
5. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore-Minimizing – to be honest, I’ve never used a primer before but had heard that it really does help for makeup to stay and this particular one helps to mattify skin and minimize pores, two things I absolutely love. I got a travel size to test out.
Just to let you know, I have combination skin – normal to oily, with my t-zone being slightly oily. I used the first three products mainly for the coverage, CC and BB benefits and to get the right color for me. The fourth item of course is for added moisturizing. Gels are good for those with normal to oily skin – creams are better for normal to dry skin. The last one is to help make the first three appear more matte – I prefer a matte finish to a dewy one because the dewy look tends to end up making my skin look oily than it actually is.
I didn’t really measure out anything but I used the Garnier BB cream as my base so there was a lot of that product, then added the others in smaller portions till I got the right shade, consistency and coverage I wanted. As all the products were oil-free, they blended together pretty easily.
I’ve yet to wear it for a full day yet, so I’ll let you know how it holds up in a later post.