How to Reapply Sunscreen Without Messing Up Your Makeup

By June 9, 2017

Today we’re providing answers to one of the biggest beauty mysteries of life: How to apply sunscreen with makeup on.

By now, you know the utmost importance of applying SPF, but here’s one more mini lesson in a sentence: UV rays are the number one cause of premature aging, so if you want to avoid sun spots and fine lines, wear that SPF religiously!

And wearing SPF religiously means putting sunscreen on more than once a day. Yup, we hate to break it to you, but if you apply your sunscreen in the morning, live your life and sweat in the summer heat, and then go out for drinks on a rooftop at 4pm and expect to be fully protected, think again. 

Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of the once-a-day application, but it’s important to reapply every two to three hours for maximum protection. But what about if you wear makeup? The thought of slathering on wet sunscreen over foundation is enough to make any makeup lover cringe. 

Unfortunately, the reality is that the best protection you can get is from slathering on the recommended amount of full on SPF at least twice a day, so you’ve got to reapply, but these easy touch up tips on how to apply sunscreen with makeup on will help you to add an extra layer of protection during those long summer days without ruining your carefully painted brows and beaming highlight.

Tip one: Choose makeup formulated with SPF

The easiest way to make sure you’re reapplying SPF is to always use a foundation base that has adequate SPF, but it can be hard to find a traditional foundation that feels lightweight and contains at least SPF 30. 

This is why you need BB cushions in your life. They usually feature up to SPF 50 in protection, and with their on-the-go convenience, they make it super easy to add extra sun protection during the day while refreshing your look. The Missha M Magic Cushion is a great choice because it’s formulated to absorb excess sweat and sebum, helping to hydrate your skin and increase the longevity of your makeup. So just throw your cushion in your bag and touch up your makeup around midday to stay protected.

Tip two: Powder on the go

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Not into cushions but still want similar SPF protection with the same convenience? Look for easy-to-use brush on mineral sunscreens. These products are formulated like loose setting powders with the added efficiently of sunscreen protection. These finely milled powders are the way to go if you want to add some extra coverage and a delicate matte finish.

The Colorescience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Brush Broad Spectrum has SPF 50 and features a water-resistant formula which is perfect for those hot summer days where all you have to do is walk outside and you’re already sweating (The worst, I know).

Tip three: Mist your way to UV protection

“I love spray sunscreens because they provide protection but also act as makeup setting spray,” says Azra Red, a makeup artist in New York City. 

The 3CE Boosting Sun Mist and the Nature Republic Provence Calendula Aqua Cooling Sun Spray are awesome superfine mists packed with SPF 50. If you’re seeking for a general mist to do more than offer sun protection, I’d go for the Nature Republic one—it’ll hydrate and help to calm the skin from the extended sun exposure.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something similar to a makeup setting spray (that you can touch up during the day), go for the 3CE mist. It’s formulated to increase the wear of your makeup all while hydrating your skin without any greasy residue.

Bonus: These products double as all over mists so you can protect your face and body all with one easy-to-carry product.

Bottom Line:

These are the best ways to re-up on your SPF during the day, but remember: These products don’t replace your main application of sunscreen. It’s important to start your day off with an ample amount in the morning (find out the correct amount to use here) and touch up with these products throughout the day for extra protection. Here’s to great summer skin that won’t get any wrinkles from the sun!

+ What’s your favorite way to apply sunscreen with makeup on? Share your recommendations below!