5 Best Sunscreens to Apply Over Makeup — Yes, They Exist

January 06, 2020
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
5 Best Sunscreens to Apply Over Makeup — Yes, They Exist

Although it may seem unconventional, you can — and should! — apply sunscreen over your makeup without sacrificing your face beat. But just to be clear, we’re not talking about your standard liquid sunscreen product. It’s preached that sunscreen should be applied every two hours to ensure your skin is properly protected from UVA and UVB rays, but we’re going to take a wild guess when we say you probably only follow that rule when you’re at the beach or sitting pool-side. Understandable, when it involves applying a product overtop of your full face of makeup that you spent valuable time completing. But applying sunscreen overtop of your makeup can actually enhance your face when you’re armed with the right products. 

From mineral and pressed powders to sprays and brush-on pigments, these are the best sunscreens to apply over your makeup. 

L’Oréal Paris True Match Mineral Foundation

For an airbrushed appearance and sun protection all in one, this mineral powder from L’Oréal, with a built-in brush, is the way to go. The sheer powder helps give your skin a blurred appearance to camouflage imperfections (you know, the ones that start cropping up a few hours after makeup application), while also protecting it with SPF 19. 

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ILIA Beauty Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20

When you go to set your makeup, or add a little powder to your T-zone to beat that afternoon shine, reach for a translucent powder with SPF. We like the ILIA Beauty powder with SPF 20 because it’s formulated with skin-loving ingredients like aloe leaf to cover skin without leaving a cakey residue. 

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L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup

We all could use a little midday touchup with our makeup, so why not do it with a compact formulated with SPF? This ultra-blendable formula with SPF 17 provides you with weightless, natural coverage that melts into your existing color. 

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Coola Makeup Setting Spray Organize Sunscreen SPF 30 

If powders aren’t your thing, try a makeup setting spray with SPF. This face mist contains SPF 30 to protect you from the sun and coat your skin with a burst of hydration. 

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Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

It’s no secret that touching up your makeup on the go can be tricky — especially if you’re always on the move or traveling. This brush-on sunscreen with SPF 50 has a built-in brush applicator to allow you to apply the mineral shield in just a few swipes — no additional brush or makeup sponge needed. 

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