How To Apply Sunscreen While Wearing Makeup

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Let’s get right to the point. I know your foundation has SPF, but if you think you have covered, you are wrong. Sunscreen is the ultimate bae of your skin. But how can you wear it with makeup? Will it look too much cake? Or burst your skin? How about reapplying it without removing your makeup? When it comes to wearing sunscreen with makeup, there are too many questions and concerns. This is exactly what I will discuss in this article. Read more.

Why is the FPS so important? How does it work?


SPF or sun protection factor is a marker of how your sunscreen can protect your skin from UV rays (UVA and UVB). UVA rays can penetrate deeply into your skin and cause age spots, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, while UVB rays give you sunburn and even cause skin cancer. Sunscreen or sunscreen containing inorganic chemicals can deflect UVA and UVB rays.

Most dermatologists recommend a sun lotion that has an SPF between 15 and 50. Anything above 50 has not been proven to be more effective than SPF 50. A sunscreen that has SPF 15 can block 93% of UV rays, while the one with SPF 30 can block 97% of UVB rays.

In any case, some UV rays will still pass through sunscreen and reach your skin, so the number of SPFs is an indicator of how long it might take for your skin to turn red under the sun. In other words, a sunscreen with SPF 15 will prevent your skin from turning red or tanning for about 15 times longer than usual. This means that if your skin starts to burn in just 10 minutes, SPF 15 can prevent it for about 150 minutes (2.5 hours).

So the big question remains – can you wear sunscreen under makeup? How does it work? Keep reading to find the answers.

Sunscreen under makeup: does it work?


Yes of course! But you must pay attention to the sunscreen that you choose for your face. There are two ways to add an extra layer of sunscreen before applying makeup:

  • Apply a moisturizer that has SPF.
  • Apply sunscreen to the face.

If you want your sunscreen to work under make-up, always buy a sunscreen that is specifically formulated for facial skin. These sunscreens are lighter than traditional sunscreens and will not make your skin look flawless. Also, if you apply sunscreen for the face, be sure to use a primer on top of it.

While choosing a sunscreen, choose one that has at least SPF 30 and all (or all) of the following ingredients:

  • Zinc oxide
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Avobenzone (Avobenzone)

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide work as physical sunscreens and reflect UV rays in the same way that white paint reflects light rays. They do not irritate your skin either. It’s like wearing a mask under your foundation. However, organic chemicals like avobenzone absorb UV rays and break them down to release heat.

You must be wondering, when does your foundation already have SPF in it, why do you need an extra sunscreen? Keep scrolling to find out.

Is the SPF In The Foundation not enough?


You can not trust your makeup to protect your skin from UV rays. Why? Because it comes off easily, which affects the cover. In addition, when you wear sunscreen under your makeup, it provides a better foundation for your makeup.

After applying sunscreen and before applying makeup, wait a few minutes. Leave the sunscreen together before going ahead with your makeup. This should be the first step in your daily makeup routine. Apply generously sunscreen. Do not skimp on it.

Now we will check the steps involved in applying sunscreen with your makeup.

Some tips for using sunscreen with makeup

1. Prepare your skin

Before starting your makeup routine, you must prepare your skin for this extra protection. Apply sunscreen all over your face and neck and massage well. Focus on areas like your forehead, near the hairline, the sides of your cheeks, and your jawline. These areas are exposed to the sun. Never start applying sunscreen from the middle of your face because this way, you tend to miss out on the main areas. Once you have applied a layer of sunscreen, reapply on these areas.

2. Apply Primer

You can always skip this step if you want. But in case you apply makeup primer with sunscreen, you have to do it in the right order. Any skin care product goes under the primer. So you have to apply sunscreen first, then reload it with a primer.

3. Use a tinted moisturizer with SPF

A tinted moisturizer with SPF is your savior if you have sensitive skin.
You can still apply your heavy base with a light formula, like a BB cream. It is not very difficult to find a BB cream that matches your complexion and has SPF in it.

4. Apply Foundation

If you are not using tinted moisturizer or BB cream, apply a foundation all over your face and neck. Mix well and follow with other make-up products.

5. Finish your look with a setting jet

A regulating spray with SPF will keep your makeup intact and will also add an extra layer of sunscreen. You can also use the setting spray while mixing your foundation or spray all over your face and neck after applying your makeup.

Now that you’re done with your makeup, another concern that you need to address is how you are going to apply sunscreen on your makeup. The sunscreen must be reapplied every 2 to 3 hours (or whatever the application time mentioned on the bottle). But would not it ruin your makeup? Well, I covered you!

How to apply sunscreen on makeup


There are many ways to apply sunscreen on your makeup without ruining it. Look at them !

1. Brush a little powder on your makeup

A sunscreen powder helps when you’re not in the mood to smear yourself or smear your makeup. Take a little sunscreen powder on a large make-up brush and sweep all over your face and neck. The sunscreen powders are mostly water resistant and give you a perfect makeup look. These powders can control facial oil and are good for wet days.

2. Spray sunscreen for face over makeup

Spray sunscreen is a convenient option, although it does not give as much coverage as lotions and creams. You have to spray generously to make sure the sunscreen has covered every inch of your face and neck. Do not touch your face until it dries.

Another thing you can use is a make-up adjustment spray with SPF. Spray it on your face and wait for it to dry. Garnish with a little powder.

3. Try a compact powder with FPS

If you are someone who is not a fan of powders and creams because you worry too much about spillage, you can go for a compact powder. There are many options available for compact powders with SPF. Always choose one that offers broad spectrum sun protection and is water resistant.

4. Use mineral makeup

You can use a mineral foundation powder with SPF in case you plan to stay outdoors for long time. Mineral makeup powders can cover all areas of your face and neck evenly. They help reduce drowsiness and stimulate sunscreen.

5. Carry a translucent powder

A translucent powder with FpS is easy to carry, and you can use it to touch your face and neck anytime during the day. Compared with other types of powders, translucent powders are extremely light.

Ideally, sunscreen works best when applied directly to your skin. But this is not feasible for women who are constantly on the ground unless you wear all your beauty and arsenal of makeup with you everywhere!

If you are low maintenance and prefer to just use sunscreen throughout the day, we have you covered. Here is a list of the best sunscreens to wear with makeup.