Love the sound of a product that instantly blitzes dark cirlces, erases redness and covers spots? We’re with you. To find a product that does it all in a single tube is a godsend, especially in the morning when the last thing you want to do is scramble around for multiple products in a half-asleep daze. So prepare to say hello to your complexion’s new best friend, the CC cream.

While BB creams are the Jack of all Trades of the beauty world (they hydrate, add radiance and coverage), CC creams are more of a specialist tool. CC stands for Colour Corrector, so they’re a whiz at camouflaging excess pigmentation, dark circles and blemishes as well as evening out the complexion and adding a light coverage where needed. Think of it like Photoshopping your way to a perfect dewy complexion a la Jennifer Lawrence.

Our take? CC creams are perfect for when you want a ‘no makeup, makeup’ day, and the best of the bunch for creating a flawless yet natural look is Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream (£28,, winner of the ‘Best CC Cream’ in this year’s InStyle Best Beauty Buys.

As the name suggests this product is moisture-rich and has an added SPF 30 to make sure you don’t shirk your sun protection. And the best part? CC creams are super easy to apply, as Beauty Writer Jess Tibbits demonstrates.

Don’t forget to check out again tomorrow, when we’ll be letting you in on more beautifying tips and tricks in our next tutorial video.

See every single winner in our InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2015 here or get your very own supplement with the March issue of InStyle, on sale now.

By Catherine Scale