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11 Sunscreen-Makeup Products for an Extra Layer of UV Protection

In an effort to prevent UV damage from harmful sun rays this spring and summer, stocking up on sunscreen makeup duos might serve you well. While you’re likely well aware that sunscreen daily is non-negotiable, you might be curious if makeup with SPF is sufficient on its own. Ahead, we sought to answer the question for good, plus a helpful edit of this year’s best makeup products that feature sunscreen.

Best Makeup With SPF

How to Apply Sunscreen Makeup Products

“One of the biggest misconceptions is that makeup with SPF is sufficient for their daily sunscreen,” dermatologist Dr. Chris Tomassian previously told Vogue. “Unless you are using a massive amount of makeup you are not getting the actual value of the sunscreen.” To stay safe, apply your favorite facial sunscreen, then dive into your makeup routine. 

Let these products, below, serve as additional UV protection; not to mention, many feature a handful of skin-conditioning ingredients, too—a reason celebrity makeup artist Elizabeth Seropian would recommend them. “Makeup with skin care ingredients can enhance your skin’s appearance, improving texture, tone, and addressing specific concerns,” she explains. “Choose products with these features to promote healthier and more radiant-looking skin while enjoying sun protection.” Read on to discover our favorites. 

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

  • Why We Love It: Of the best tinted moisturizers, Ilia’s skin tint rises to the top year after year and not just for its nourishing ingredient composition known to improve dryness, redness, and fine lines over time. Its serum-like texture feels imperceptible on and blends like a dream; not to mention there are 26 shades to choose from (meaning there’s something for every skin tone). Expect light coverage and a dewy finish. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 40 (non-nano zinc oxide 12%), hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, squalane
  • How to Apply: Ilia recommends applying the Super Serum Skin Tint with your hands, just as you would a serum. Don’t be alarmed if it appears lighter at first, give the formula 60 seconds to adjust to its actual shade.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Color Balm

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Color Balm

  • Why We Love It: A cream blush is a surefire way to awaken dull skin all year long. So why not give it an SPF boost too—especially if you’re applying it beach or poolside. Across three fruity shades, this provides buildable color to the eyes, lips, or cheeks while providing mineral protection against UV rays and other environmental stressors like blue light and pollution. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 50 (zinc oxide 12.5% and titanium oxide), iron oxides, jojoba esters, plant-based squalane
  • How to Apply: Tap the color onto your fingertips or swipe the stick directly onto your skin; then, blend with hands or a brush. Add more to your liking!

BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 Powder Foundation

BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 Powder Foundation

  • Why We Love It: Though this BareMinerals foundation looks like a powder, it blends like a cream to impart a lit-from-within radiance. Available in 30 shades, the formula is buildable, from sheer to full coverage, feels weightless on skin, and even diminishes the look of pores—all great qualities of a summertime pigment.
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 15 (zinc oxide 19.6% and titanium dioxide 25%)
  • How to Apply: BareMinerals recommends buffing the foundation into skin with a brush until you achieve your desired coverage. 

Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30

Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30

  • Why We Love It: We admit that we often forget to apply sunscreen to the delicate eye area. That’s why we’re fans of Supergoop!’s SPF-enriched eyeshadow. It delivers UV and antioxidant protection, while delivering a subtle shimmer across four different shades. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 30 ( zinc oxide 20% and octisalate 5%), sunflower seed oil, jasmine, rose, and chamomille extracts
  • How to Apply: Its as simple as dabbing the cream atop your eyelids on its own or with other shadows. 

Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25

Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25

  • Why We Love It: We’ve been hooked on this Kosas foundation since we discovered it on TikTok last year. Why? The formula smooths skin texture for a nice blur effect, crafted to brighten, plump, and hydrate skin over time. Take your pick of 28 medium-coverage shades. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 25 (zinc oxide 7.5%), niaciniamide, hyaluronic acids, peptides, squalane, arnica, caffeine
  • How to Apply: A little goes a long way: buff in one pump for light coverage or two pumps for medium coverage with a brush. 

MDSolarSciences Hydrating Sheer Lip Balm SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Hydrating Sheer Lip Balm SPF30

  • Why We Love It: A tinted lip balm is a summertime staple for delivering an effortless wash of color. MDSolarSciences’s doubles the appeal by delivering a dose of hydration and UV protection anytime you swipe on any of its sheer, creamy shades.
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 30 (avobenzone 2%, octisalate 5%, homosalate 10%), avocado oil, olive and shea butter
  • How to Apply: MDSolarSciences recommends applying this lip balm 15 minutes before sun exposure. 

Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15

Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15

  • Why We Love It: Foundation, concealer, powder, sunscreen—Pur’s pressed powder seemingly does it all! Enriched with mineral UV protection and a blend of clean, conditioning ingredients, the formula prized for its skin-enhancing results (namely, smoothing and firming) despite its weightless feel. The medium coverage, buildable powder offers 24 shades to choose from. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 15 (titanium dioxide 17% in shade Porcelain or titanium dioxide 9% in all other shades), Pur’s proprietary Ceretin Complex (retinol, lactic acid, shea butter, and ceramide), waltheria extract, shea butter, vitamin E
  • How to Apply: With a brush, dust on the powder in circular motions until you achieve your desired finish. 

Dr. Lara Devgan Platinum Lip Plump SPF 30

Dr. Lara Devgan Platinum Lip Plump SPF 30

  • Why We Love It: Eager for a fuller pout? Consider a lip plumper part of your makeup regimen. Dr. Lara Devgan’s clear gloss is enriched with ceramides and other hydrators to enhance lip volume and texture. For a makeup loop, we’d pair this with an everyday lip liner. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 30 (homosalate 15.0%, octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 5.0%, avobenzone 3.0%), hyaluronic acid, niacin, vitamin B5, ceramides
  • How to Apply: This treatment is designed to be reapplied to the lips as often as you wish daily. Just be mindful of its tingling sensation! 

Dior Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Dior Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

  • Why We Love It: Dark spots, wrinkles, and dry skin are no match for Dior Dreamskin. Described as a cushion foundation in four shades, this seeks to promote a radiantly glowing complexion—blurring and smoothing the skin as its blended. 
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 50 (octinoxate 7.0%, titanium dioxide 4.15%, zinc oxide 9.8%), longoza flower
  • How to Apply: Using the included sponge, dab the product onto skin as foundation, or layer on top to enhance your look.

Beekman 1802 Milk Primer SPF 35 Sunscreen Primer

Beekman 1802 Milk Primer SPF 35 Sunscreen Primer

  • Why We Love It: The best face primers can help your look stay in place all day long—even withstand hot temps and humidity. Priming aside, Beekman’s elixir is also a sunscreen and moisturizer through mineral protecting agents and a host of hydrating, sensitive skin-friendly ingredients.
  • Key Ingredients: SPF 35 (zinc oxide 13%), goat milk, safflower olesomes, aloe leaf juice, honey, shea butter esters, botanical extracts (coconut, cucumber, blue thistle)
  • How to Apply: As a multitasking product, this primer can be used as the last step in a skin-care routine or as a makeup primer. Beekman 1802 recommends applying 15 minutes before sun exposure.

Meet The Experts

  • Elizabeth Seropian is a celebrity makeup artist whose clients include Noah Cyrus and Delilah Belle Hamlin.
  • Dr. Chris Tomassian is a Los Angeles–based and board-certified dermatologist and founder of The Dermatology Collective.

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