It’s important to wear SPF year-round, but in the summer—when you’re spending more time outdoors than indoors—protection is a must. Choosing an SPF for your face is tricky business, though. There are so many factors to consider. What sunscreen is most effective under makeup? Does makeup with SPF really work? And is there one miracle cosmetic that tackles overly shiny skin and still protects? I found several SPF makeup products that will give the illusion of perfect skin and shield you from the blazing sun.
Belli Pure Radiance Tinted Facial Sunscreen, SPF 30
Do you have an SPF-free foundation that you don’t want to part with? You can wear this under foundation or on its own. It contains natural sunscreen ingredients; titanium oxide and zinc oxide, which can feel heavy on the skin. This one? You don’t even know it’s there. Also, it says it’s “tinted,” but the tint is so sheer, it’s more like a primer. Get it here for $23.99 on Amazon.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream, SPF 30
This CC cream kills two birds with one stone, providing sheer coverage and SPF. It has a refreshing scent and moisturizing benefits thanks to organic aloe and coconut oil. The formula feels very lightweight when applied so it’s a perfect cream for the sticky summer heat. It’s available in six shades.
Get it here for $39 on Amazon.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin Foundation, SPF 15
For fuller coverage, I recommend this one, which is available in 13 shades, from light to deep. It has a very emollient consistency and long-lasting wear but doesn’t feel heavy or oily on the skin. This is packaged in a glass bottle with a pump, so it should stay at home.
Get it here for $38.50 on Amazon.
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation, SPF 18
This foundation from Maybelline is another option. This moisturizing face makeup is available in a broad range of shades and provides a dewy finish. For the purpose of helping you to find the perfect shade, there is a handy foundation match finder at Maybelline.com.
Get it here for $5.39 at Target.
Susan Posnick Colorflo, SPF 26
This natural mineral powder is available in 17 shades, including a highlighter and a bronzer, and it comes in its own refillable self-dispensing brush – great for on the go! Mineral powders provide a physical barrier (kind of like clothing) against the sun, and this particular product offers SPF 26.
Get it on Amazon: $58 for foundation and $30 for refills.
Coola Organic Matte Makeup Setting Spray, SPF 30
If your makeup tends to move or fade during the day, try this setting spray. This certified-organic product not only ensures that your makeup will stay put in the heat, but it also provides a matte finish, SPF 30 and cooling ingredients like cucumber and aloe vera.
Get it here for $31.76 on Amazon.
CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream, SPF 50+
Don’t fool yourself into thinking you don’t need something specific for your eyes! Your eye area requires a product that’s designed for that delicate and thin skin. This creamy concealer is applied via a slanted metal tip, which feels cool and refreshing. It’s available in five shades and contains nourishing ingredients like lime, orange, and grapefruit oils. It also has a very subtle pearlescent effect, which helps to hide under-eye bags.
Get it here for $37 on Amazon.
Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit Daily Herbal Lip Balm, SPF 15
Lips need SPF, too! This creamy balm feels great on the lips while providing an SPF of 15. Smells great, too.
Get it here for $5.06 on Amazon.
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