Beauty Clinic: Is there a waterproof BB cream?


Q. Can you recommend a waterproof foundation/primer/BB cream – anything really that I could use to even out my skin on holiday?  I have red blotchy cheeks and acne scars and don't feel comfortable with a naked face. 

A. To be honest, we haven't found a truly waterproof primer or BB cream that performs well all round. (They may exist but they haven’t landed on our desks.)  If you can make do with a product that will probably need a bit of touching up when you emerge from the surf/swimming pool or after a vigorous game of beach volley ball, we would suggest looking at bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, which has an SPF30.  This gives lovely colour, with a bit of coverage (enough to even out blotchiness if it isn’t too pronounced) and comes in 16 colours, £28 for 35 ml, but currently on special offer online at Debenhams for £21.

We also love the Erborian BB Cream, £36 for 45 ml, in four shades that adapt to your own shade. It is featherlight but does create a more even texture and makes skin look wonderfully soft - what this Korean/French brand (which we are big fans of) calls 'the baby skin effect'. 

If you are considering a foundation proper, then MAC Pro Longer Nourish Waterproof Foundation, £27.50, is the ticket. In 24 shades, you can also use it as a concealer - so you could put a lighter product underneath and target this where you need it. 

To reduce shine on humid evenings, you could swoosh on Inika’s wonderful Baked Mineral Bronzer, in two shades Sunkissed and (much darker) Deep Bronze, £33. It’s a gorgeous finishing touch over whatever you choose underneath.

Have a gorgeous holiday.


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