It’s actually a whole lot easier than you’d think.
You’ve heard it time and time again: Reapply SPF every two hours. But that’s easier said than done. If you put makeup on in the morning over your sunscreen, just exactly how are you supposed to reapply without messing up your foundation? Follow these tips and tricks to ensure you get enough sun protection—without sacrificing your makeup.
Always use cream sunscreen? Stay away from powdered makeup—even eye shadow and blush—says Susan Posnick, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Susasn Posnick Cosmetics. “You want to layer a cream over a cream,” she says. “If you try to put a cream over a powder, it’s going to drag.”
On first application, simply sweep your sunscreen all over your face, and spot correct any trouble areas with a little BB cream or cream concealer. You should be able to reapply your SPF two hours later without any cakiness. We’re fans of the super lightweight EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($32, dermstore.com) and Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream ($9, ulta.com), which helps fight zits.
Try Powder Sunscreen
“When you work with a powdered sun protection product, you can layer it over your foundation and it acts as a powder, but it’s really your sun protection,” says Posnick, who created Brush On Block ($30,brushonblock.com). Keep in mind that it can be difficult to gauge how much you’re applying, says David E. Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York.
“To provide adequate protection, you may need to apply at least two coats of the powder,” he says. “Take your time, and be careful to apply to all areas at least twice.” To apply a product like this most effectively, do so in a circular motion. And when you get to the delicate eye area, slide the plastic sleeve down so that the brush is smaller, allowing you more precision. Posnick says to think of a product like this as foundation—you want it to cover your entire face completely, not just have it hide problem areas, like a concealer.
Unlike powders formulated with talcum or cornstarch, which can be drying, this invisible sunscreen contains vitamins A and E to hydrate and smooth the skin. This allows you to continuously reapply throughout the day without your face feeling heavy. Another option we love isColorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 ($64,colorescience.com), which comes in three shades.
Spritz on a Setting Spray with SPF
SPF-infused sprays are a quick reapplication fix if you don’t want to ruin your makeup. “Try Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist ($28,supergoop.com),” says Rosie Johnston, celebrity makeup artist and founder of By Rosie Jane. “The SPF 50 spray acts as a refreshing mist that helps set makeup and also improves overall skin complexion with infused rosemary and mint.” GoldFaden MD Sun Visor ($45, goldfadenmd.com) is another great option.
Just a word of warning: Because you’re applying less product than the dermatologist recommendation of a quarter-sized amount for the face when you use a setting spray, you need to apply more frequently—about every half hour—when you’re in direct sunlight.