By now most of us know the general rule of thumb when it comes to sunscreen: wear it all day, every day, even when you’re indoors. However, that being said, the topic of wearing sunscreen with makeup is not so cut and dry, as it brings up a series of questions and concerns. Do you need to ditch certain makeup products to include sunscreen? What level of protection do you need? Should sunscreen go over your makeup products? Does SPF-infused makeup work? We could go on and on. Well, let’s get this sorted out. Ahead, we’re filling you in on the right way to use sunscreen with makeup.
The short answer? No. To put it simply, you’ll need over 6-7 times the required amount of traditional sunscreen when entirely relying on just makeup for sun protection. This means it would take a ton of makeup to provide the adequate protection that regular SPF would provide, and in most cases, people are not going to wear anything remotely close to that much foundation. Also, some makeup products with sunscreen ingredients can’t make claims of sun protection because they haven’t met FDA standards to make that claim. Your sunscreen should have the label “Broad Spectrum” which ensures it covers both UVA and UVA and be at least an SPF of 30.
Yes, SPF can feel like an extra step in an already-intensive skincare routine, but don’t try to take shortcuts. While you can use sunscreen with makeup, it’s advisable to not mix your sunscreen with your makeup or moisturiser. Sunscreen should be applied as a single layer to preserve protection factors.
Apply two fingers’ worth of SPF (a dime-sized amount) to your face, neck, and decolletage once you’ve completed your skincare routine and before you start applying your makeup. We recommend opting for a lightweight formula that gets a 10/10 for its white-cast-free finish. Apply it on the hairline, forehead, sides of your cheek, and jawline. These areas are the ones that get the most sun exposure. A lot of people make a mistake here when it comes to primer and apply it before the sunscreen. This is important to understand that all skincare products go on the skin before primer. So your SPF should be applied before your primer.
Apply sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine. Then, go ahead with primer and foundation. Use a foundation with SPF and it will help act as a protective layer over your sunscreen and primer. If you’re someone who does not use a heavy foundation, a tinted BB cream with SPF works. You can add extra protection with every layer by opting for products with an SPF variant. A setting spray that contains SPF is the easiest way to top up your skin protection throughout the day. It won’t mess up your makeup, and most formulas also have hydrating ingredients to refresh and rejuvenate your skin – it’s a win-win.
SPF is your BFF!
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