Using Sunscreen with Makeup
Most beauty bloggers and websites recommend skipping heavy makeup during the summer and replacing your cosmetics with a safe sunscreen product. However, if you want to look posh with gorgeous makeup and wear a face sunblock product at the same time, you can still do this. Just follow some expert recommendations like the ones offered by Wellness Mama and StyleCraze.
What is the best face sunscreen to wear with makeup?
There are no big surprises here. According to Dr. Katz from the website Makeup.Com, a broad spectrum sunscreen product for any skin type and which can be applied throughout year is a cream, spray, or lotion capable of protecting your skin from both ultraviolet A (long-wave) and ultraviolet B (shortwave) rays (UVA and UVB, respectively).
Any sunscreen with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and avobenzone and labeled with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) over 30 can be used along with most makeup products. However, if you will be exposed to direct sunlight more often than 15 minutes a day, wearing a product with SPF 30, even with these powerful sunscreen ingredients, may not be enough to prevent skin cancer and unwanted wrinkles. Instead, opt for a product with SPF 50+. If you are going to swim while wearing your makeup and a SPF product, then look for a waterproof sunscreen spray or lotion.
If you have sensitive skin, choose a hypoallergenic sunscreen product with natural components that are less likely to cause irritation. Such sunscreen remedies can provide a powerful barrier between your skin and harmful sun rays. A sunscreen can be compared to wearing a mask; just ask you would use sunglasses to protect your eyes, you should use sunscreen to protect your skin.
What makeup products are compatible with sunscreen?
The ultimate choice is to aim for organic cosmetics rich in minerals. Wearing a mineral-based makeup can add another layer of the sun protection to your skin. Many experts believe that only mineral cosmetics can be applied over sunscreen products, however, this opinion is disputable. Also, wearing mineral makeup can help conceal the dark spots and blemishes, while most SPF products can’t do this.
In addition to natural and mineral makeup products, many foundations now offer SPF protection. Check out your favorite foundation’s label to see if it offers sunscreen protection. Keep in mind, though, that anything lower than SPF 30 will need to be bolstered by another sunscreen if you want to protect your face from harmful rays.
How should you apply sunscreen for the face?
Like with any other beauty or health product, applying sunscreen requires following a tried and true technique. Especially, if you want to wear it along with makeup. You may follow these simple instructions offered by the WebMD team:
- If you want to keep your skin hydrated, consider applying sunscreen, then moisturizer and only then a foundation without SPF. In this case, you need to let the moisturizer sit on your skin for 20 minutes before applying makeup. This method can prevent the foundation and powder from smudging or streaking;
- Don’t forget to cover your ears and neck with sunscreen;
- Reapply sunscreen frequently and generously. The recommended time period for reapplying sunscreen powder or cream is every 2-3 hours, for sunscreen spray – every single hour, starting from early morning or the minute you step into the sun;
- Keep in mind that physical, chemical-free sunscreen products can be rubbed off faster than chemical ones.
Basically, there are 2 ways of applying a sunscreen product along with makeup – over or under cosmetics. Most beauty experts agree that wearing a SPF 30 product under makeup is more beneficial; others assure that in order to reapply a sunscreen frequently you need to wear it over makeup. The choice is up to you because both ways can protect you from ultraviolet radiation. Here is how you can do this in both cases.
Applying sunscreen under makeup
- apply a half of a teaspoon of your sunscreen lotion or a handful of SPF powder evenly on your entire face;
- if you don’t feel fully covered with sunscreen, consider applying even more. Use a mirror to make sure you have covered the whole face, including the neck and ears;
- pat the sunscreen lotion or powder until it is fully absorbed. Keep patting, rubbing may irritate the skin;
- give the product 5 minutes to soak in completely;
- apply makeup after allowing the sunscreen to soak in for 5 minutes. Instead of a cream or liquid foundation, consider choosing a powder product. In such way, the foundation can more easily blend with the texture of the sunscreen product;
- for a gentle “sun-kissed” look, use a liquid bronzer and blush;
- apply your eye makeup as you normally do.
A beauty tip: try not mixing sunscreen products with makeup or your moisturizer, it may seem faster to apply, but may result in a negative reaction between the mixed products.
Applying sunscreen over makeup (with different SPF products)
- if you don’t know what sunscreen product to use, consider starting from a clear and lightweight SPF spray. It is very easy to apply – just spritz it on your face and let it soak for a few minutes;
- powder sunscreen products (also known as “dry sunscreen”) are easy to apply and they are compatible with powder foundations as well. Also, they come in a handy portable case;
- if you need more “camouflage” than a tinted sunscreen product, consider picking a sunscreen foundation cream (with SPF over 30). You can apply it on your face instead of a basic foundation without sunscreen;
- try the newest generation of sunscreen products – a makeup setting spray. Such sprays can “lock” your makeup for hours and at the same time provide effective sun protection. Unlike regular sunscreen sprays, these products have a matte finish.
If you can’t find the a good cream or powder sunscreen for your skin, experiment with different brands in the drugstore or local beauty store. Just know that some sunscreen products may feel thick and heavy on your face. Try to find lightweight serums and lotions – they may work as a better match for makeup products.