7 Best Makeup Primers With SPF for Summer and Beyond
“In SPF we trust,” is a motto that needs to work its way onto T-shirts, bumper stickers, baseball caps and, well, most things. Our love for protecting our skin knows no bounds and it’s about time you inject this fiery passion into your relationship with SPF, too.
According to NYC-based dermatologist Hadley King, MD, one of the best ways to add SPF into your daily makeup routine is to choose a makeup primer that contains SPF. Not only does this take away some of the pressure of adding a sunscreen into your beauty routine, but you can apply the right amount your skin needs without looking cakey — like you might if you were trying to get the same benefits using tinted moisturizer. (The rule is that you need to wear at least a nickel-size of product to ensure you’re receiving the maximum benefits.) This where a transparent, moisturizing primer with SPF comes into play. Note: You should still apply a dedicated sunscreen every two hours throughout the day for protection against UV rays.
Ahead, find seven of our favorite makeup primers that contain SPF.
If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you’re looking at your new holy grail primer. The formula has a mineral base, meaning it uses physical blockers to deflect UVA and UVB rays away from your skin. It will also camouflage any unenenvess thanks to its subtle tint.
A little of this silky makeup primer goes a long way. The formula is clear, weightless and comes in a droplet applicator — making application easy and mess-free. It will leave you with a radiant finish and SPF 50 protection.
This affordable primer from E.l.f. has an SPF of 50, which is already a reason to stock up ASAP. In addition to sun protection, the formula includes antioxidants to fight against environmental aggressors (lookin’ at you, city dwellers).
Somewhere between a moisturizer and primer, this formula blends seamlessly into skin and leaves a velvet-matte finish. It has Opti-Blur technology, which diffuses light on skin to create a soft-focus effect that looks amazing IRL.
Dry skin sufferers: This one’s for you. It’s a lightweight, transparent, fast-absorbing formula that’ll make your skin look and feel hydrated. If you want even more moisture, mix your face primer with your moisturizer.
For those of you looking for a radiance-boosting primer, it’s about time to pick up this K-beauty formula with SPF 15 that’s beloved by all (seriously, try and find a negative review). Instead of sparkle, it’ll give your skin a youthful glow. This one’s great for everyone who wants to achieve a dewy finish.
You’re looking at the perfect, clear summer makeup primer to soothe, hydrate and protect skin. The unique gel formula is ideal for all skin types and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky.