By Cassandra Shaffer
We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. To prevent skin cancer, combat the onset of wrinkles, and to ward off any brown spots and skin discolorations, sunscreen has to be a staple in your everyday skincare routine.
However, sunscreen is known to leave an unsightly white film on the skin, and layering it under a full face of makeup tends to make the coverage look shiny or chalky. A quick fix to this problem? Incorporate SPF into your makeup routine. With products that not only protect your skin but also flawlessly apply pigment, you’re sure to stay safe and look great.
The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer with SPF 15 is the perfect base to any face of makeup. Not only is it affordable and easily accessible at your local drugstore, it also claims to even the look of skin over time thanks to soy, a natural tone correcting ingredient.
Image: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer with SPF 15 ($13, Walgreens)
For those who prefer a bit of coverage, Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Water Foundation with SPF 30 provides a weightless, light to medium coverage. This water-like formula sets to a satin finish and only 2-3 drops are needed to cover (and protect) your entire face. This foundation comes in 8 different shades. If powder foundations are more your thing, the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Powder Foundation with SPF 24 offers light coverage without leaving the skin feeling over powdered or cakey. It has satin matte finish and comes in a range of 15 different shades. Wear it alone or over a lightweight BB cream, this foundation tops off any look.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Foundation SPF 30 ($42, Smashbox.com)
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Powder Foundation SPF 24 ($49, Saks Fifth Avenue)
To add a flattering coral flush to your cheeks that lasts all day, try the Physicians Formula #InstaReady Contour Blush Stick. It is a cream formula that withstands sweat and humidity and has an impressive SPF 30. All gimmicks aside, this #InstaReady blush claims to be mattifying and light reflecting, giving your cheeks a naturally sculpted look. Physicians Formula also offers this in a bronze color which is perfect for contouring.
Physicians Formula #InstaReady Contour Blush Stick SPF 30 ($12.99, Ulta.com)
Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Mineral Powder is the quintessential, on-the-go sunscreen. A welcomed alternative to slimy traditional sunscreens, this translucent powder is SPF 45 and effortlessly sets liquid makeup and absorbs any excess oil. The travel-friendly packaging allows you to quickly dust on some extra sun protection anytime, anywhere.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 ($30, peterthomasroth.com)
When this revolutionary setting spray by Supergoop was originally launched in 2015, it sold out on sephora.com in a week. The brand’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist is SPF 50, has a refreshing smell (which, according to Sephora is rosemary and mint) and claims to control shine. The brand recently relaunched the spray in March and it has been equally as popular online.
Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28, sephora.com)
Arguably one of the most annoying places to get sunburnt is your lips. Protect your lips from being dry, cracked, and irritated with Maybelline’s Baby Lips Lip Balms. They are one of the most popular lip products in the drugstore and offer glossy, moisturized lips with SPF 20. Offered in 5 shades, these balms give a sheer wash of color. If you like a more pigmented lip, try YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipsticks, which have SPF 15. These come in a range of 30 colors and claim to moisturize, protect, and even plump the lips thanks to its oil-infused formula.
Maybelline’s Baby Lips Lip Balm ($4.49, Rite Aid)
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick ($37.00, sephora.com)