For those who aren’t a fan of rubbing on a layer of sunscreen before applying makeup, foundation with spf is a much more convenient solution. Whether you’re searching for a tinted moisturizer that doubles as sunscreen or a full-coverage formula that can be layered under makeup, there are plenty of options to suit every skin type and coverage preference. And with the warmer weather in full swing, it’s never been a better time to stock up on sun protection.
Despite the many benefits of makeup with SPF, you should still wear a separate layer of sunscreen and reapply it regularly throughout the day. “Sunscreen with SPF is not additive; it doesn’t have the same level of UV protection as pure sunscreen,” dermatologist Joshua Zeichner tells Allure. And if you’re using a foundation with SPF, it will probably only have SPF 25 or less (unless the brand specifically states otherwise).
While makeup with SPF is a great idea, it should be used as an additional layer of protection and not a replacement for your regular sun lotion. You’ll still want to reapply it frequently and pay special attention to any areas of the face that are exposed to the sun, such as your neck and ears. Also, keep in mind that SPF in foundation can break down over the course of the day (which is why reapplying it is so important).
The good news is that you’ll find plenty of makeup with SPF at drugstores and beauty boutiques alike, and most are formulated without oily-causing ingredients. For those with sensitive skin, search for foundations with ingredients like shea butter and peptides that will help maintain your complexion’s natural moisture levels.
As for what to look for in a SPF foundation, a matte finish is ideal for those with oily or combo skin types because it won’t cling to any excess shine. Then, there are SPF options with added mattifying powders for those who need even more hydration. Finally, there are lightweight and oil-free SPF foundations with luminous, satin finishes for those with normal or dry skin.
The best part about this SPF-infused makeup is that it’s also designed to blur the appearance of pores, redness, dark spots, and lines and wrinkles for smoother skin. The formula, which is made in collaboration with plastic surgeons, is ultra-lightweight and hydrating, thanks to ingredients such as shea butter and glycerin.
With a wide range of shades to choose from, this foundation with SPF is a must-have for anyone who wants a full-coverage, matte finish. And because it comes in a compact, easy-to-use package, it’s perfect for your purse or desk drawer. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a SPF 30, which is why you’ll still want to use a separate sunscreen when you’re out and about.