BB Cream or Foundation: Which One Do K-Pop Idols Prefer?


Korean makeup products have revolutionized the beauty industry. Their foundations and BB creams are well-known for their smoothness and high coverage. Even though most opt not to wear heavy makeup, these beauty products are a must for your favorite K-pop idols, such as Jisoo, Tzuyu, and V. 

The best Korean foundations and BB creams contain natural and high-quality ingredients to ensure optimal results. These makeup products give a natural look while making your skin healthier. K-pop celebrities always appear flawless as these foundations, and BB creams prevent and minimise the appearance of ageing signs like wrinkles and fine lines. 

So, what's the difference between a BB cream and foundation?

BB Cream 

A BB cream is specifically formulated to give lighter coverage to your skin. It has many skincare benefits, including:

  • Sun protection
  • Antioxidants and nutrients
  • Moisturising features

Additionally, BB creams cover skin imperfections such as dark spots and blemishes. They're excellent for achieving the favorite Korean trend, the "no-makeup makeup look."

K-pop idols love BB creams due to their strength to even out the skin tone while illuminating, mattifying, moisturising, and protecting the skin. They're the perfect addition to any makeup routine as they provide so much more than coverage. 

BB creams are excellent for those people looking for the perfect coverage but without feeling heavy on the skin. 

MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 PA+++ is a Korean favorite due to its 3-in-1 formula: wrinkle repairing, whitening, and sun protection. 

The formula contains ingredients certified by the Korea Food and Drug Administration. You can choose from five colours: Milk Beige, Light Beige, Natural Beige, Honey Beige, and Golden Beige, so it's suitable for all skin tones.

This K-beauty BB cream makes your skin tone flawless and natural. It conceals blemishes and other skin imperfections. It's a high-quality formula that soothes fine lines and wrinkles, making you look beautiful. 

How to Apply a BB Cream

You can apply a BB cream on its own or under the foundation. The key is to use a little to avoid looking cakey. 

Start by applying a tiny amount in your fingers and gently pat the product to the face. Make sure to blend the cream for even coverage. Allow the skin to absorb the product (this can take a few seconds); if necessary, apply another layer.  

Finally, remove the BB cream before going to bed with a cleanser such as THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil to prevent clogging pores. 


Foundations are essential for most K-pop idols as they're the base of their makeup regimen. They come in many forms, including liquids, mouses, powders, and sticks to provide different coverages and finishes. 

Foundation's primary purpose is to improve and hide skin issues like redness, pigmentation, blemishes, and dark spots. K-beauty foundations have extraordinary staying power as they can last more than 12 hours. 

Korean makeup artists recommend wearing the foundation that best suits your skin type. If you have dry skin, you should use a liquid foundation like ETUDE HOUSE Double Lasting Foundation.

ETUDE HOUSE Double Lasting Foundation. has strong adherence and perfect coverage. Even if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you can use this foundation since it's non-comedogenic. 

With only one thin layer of the Double Lasting Foundation, you can cover all your skin's flaws without applying concealer. It comes in 12 colours to perfectly fit your skin tone. 

However, if you have a combination or oily skin, it's best to apply a powder foundation. Powder foundations are excellent for absorbing excess sebum while giving you a matte finish.

You can try MISSHA Magic Cushion Cover Lasting formulated with SPF50 PA+++, bamboo water, and baobab fruit extract for nourishing your skin. This K-beauty product provides long-lasting protection against UV rays, premature ageing signs, sweat, sebum, blemishes, and dark spots. 

How To Apply Foundation

Applying foundation can be challenging as it depends on the coverage you need. Since this makeup product has a thicker consistency, it's crucial to blend out and avoid eye-catching streaks perfectly. 

Start with clean and moisturised skin. Then dab the product on the face and blend it with your fingers, a brush, or a makeup sponge. If you want your skin to look like Blackpink's Jisso or Red Velvet's Joy, use a damp makeup sponge to get an airbrushed appearance. 

Always blend the product starting in the centre of your face. It's best to use less product and add more to prevent a cakey appearance. 

Which One Should You Use: BB Cream or Foundation?

It's perfectly fine to use either one since both are excellent for making your skin look flawless and younger. But, since the primary difference between both products is the coverage level, the foundation is typically more versatile and covers skin issues better. This is particularly true for events or photos where you need to look perfect. Ideally, we recommend having both beauty products. 

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