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 4 PM 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 cushion foundations 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 Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion Foundation is a great choice because not only does it offer long-lasting coverage under the harsh summer sun, it’s formulated with SPF 50, and skin care ingredients like narcissus flower extract, ceramides, and heartlead extract to hydrate and smooth your skin. It also comes in six shades – a rarity for K-beauty cushions.
If you’re looking for a BB cream instead of a foundation, check out the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++. It offers medium skin coverage and sun protection, and even has anti-aging and brightening effects. In a sleek tube, it’s perfect for on-the-go summer travels.
Tip two: Powder on the go
Easy-to-use brush on mineral sunscreens have the added benefits of setting makeup and sopping up excess oil. These finely milled powders are the way to go if you want to add some extra coverage and a delicate matte finish.
The Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen has broad spectrum SPF 30 and features a vegan, non-chemical formula which is perfect for all skin types. Moreover, it goes on seamlessly over makeup and doesn’t feel cake-y.
Tip three: Mist your way to UV protection
Spray sunscreens double as a setting spray, so they’re perfect for mid-day touch-ups. The Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist is formulated with SPF 50, so you can reapply your sun protection and lock in your makeup without even touching your face. It’s also infused with rosemary, a powerful antioxidant, and absorbs your oils as they are produced throughout the day to leave you with a clean, natural finish. Bonus: It’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes, so don’t be afraid to shake it, spray it, and then hit the beach!
Tip four: Mix a Sunscreen Oil With Your Foundation to Refresh Your Look
Say goodbye to thick sunscreens that leave a white cast or pill up, and say hello to sun protection that infuses itself into your everyday makeup. For a glowy, fresh-faced look with added sun protection, just mix a few drops of a sun oil like the Tony Moly BCDation Multi Use Sun Oil SPF 50+/PA++++ with your foundation.
Sunscreen oil has all the benefits of sun protection without any of the gloppy-ness or chalkiness, and mixes smoothly with your foundation. The Tony Moly BCDation Sun Oil comes formulated with calendula, rose, and raspberry seed oils to nourish and moisture your skin while also brightening it and saving it from sun damage.
Tip five: Use a Sun Stick For Residue-less Touch Ups
Some sunscreen sticks can be too thick and waxy to apply over makeup, but the Tony Moly Tako Pore Sebum Stick (SPF 50) is perfect for retouches because it doesn’t leave behind a residue. It’s also nimble enough to get those hard-to-access crevices and sensitive areas, such as around the nose and the undereye area. And let’s be honest: the adorable yellow exterior will make you want to reapply your sunscreen just to take the cute stick out of your bag.
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 of sunscreen in the morning (find out the correct amount to use here) and touch up with these products throughout the day for extra protection.