At this point, we all know the importance of applying sunscreen every single day, whether you’re spending your day inside or out. With sunny weather ahead, using makeup with SPF over your sunscreen is a great way to get an additional layer of protection against sun damage.
Yes, you can’t really go overboard with sunscreen especially in summer!
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Makeup with SPF should never be a substitute for actual sunscreen…unless you are piling on layers of foundation!
If you’re relying entirely on your makeup with SPF (even with a high SPF number) as your only sunscreen, it is highly unlikely that you will apply it liberally enough (you need at least a quarter-sized amount for your face) for adequate sun protection. That’s right…try working a quarter-sized dollop of liquid foundation over your face and you’ll find that it’s way too much makeup!
So, always use a separate sunscreen and think of the protection you’re getting from your foundation as an extra insurance policy. After all, the more SPF, the better!
If you’re looking for tinted moisturizers or super lightweight foundations with SPF that provide comfortable, breathable coverage without suffocating your skin and won’t clog pores, you’ve come to the right place!
Read on for my ultimate guide to the best makeup products with SPF for every skin type (and budget!) These are perfect for summer and all year round. Let’s start with the more affordable drugstore options!
Best Drugstore Makeup With SPF
L’Oréal Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation SPF 50 ($11.97)
Hydrating formula with a very lightweight yet creamy texture, dewy luminous finish (not greasy), and buildable light-to-medium coverage that’s quite long-wearing. Available in 30 shades, it also contains Niacinamide along with broad-spectrum SPF 50. Best for normal, dry and combination skin.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Camo CC Cream SPF 30 ($14)
Lightweight texture, natural matte finish, and buildable medium-to-full coverage that lasts all day long. Available in 20 shades, the formula is infused with skin-loving ingredients like collagen, peptides, Niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and broad-spectrum SPF 30. Best for normal, combination and oily skin. Full review and swatches here.
Physicians Formula Natural Defense Sheer Line of Defense Foundation SPF 30 ($7.99)
Very lightweight texture, natural semi-matte finish, and sheer-to-light coverage that evens out skin tone nicely and lasts fairly well. Available in 12 shades, it has broad-spectrum SPF 30 and also protects against blue light and pollution. Best for normal to dry/combination skin.
L’Oreal Paris Skin Paradise Water-infused Tinted Moisturizer SPF 19 ($14)
Lightweight hydrating texture, natural dewy finish, and light-medium coverage that lasts quite long. Available in 12 shades, the oil-free formula is infused with aloe vera and witch hazel plus broad-spectrum SPF 19. Best for normal, dry and combination skin. Also available at Amazon.com
No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation SPF 50 ($15.99)
Lightweight texture that’s slightly hydrating, natural satin finish, and buildable light-to-medium coverage with decent longevity. Available in 12 shades, it contains anti-aging ingredients like peptides, vitamin C and E along with broad spectrum SPF 50+. Best for normal to combination skin.
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage Protective Makeup SPF 50 ($9)
Super lightweight texture, soft matte finish, and medium coverage that stays put well. Available in 16 shades with broad-spectrum SPF 50 plus antioxidants to protect against pollution. Best for normal, and combination to oily skin. Full review here.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation SPF 25 ($11)
Lightweight thin fluid texture, natural matte finish, and buildable medium-to-full coverage that’s long-lasting (waterproof, transfer-resistant and sweat-resistant). Available in 30 shades, the formula is oil-absorbing and contains broad-spectrum SPF 25. Best for normal, and combination to oily skin. Full review here.
Now let’s move on to the high-end makeup products that give you the best bang for your buck!
Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 ($36)
Lightweight hydrating texture, natural dewy finish, and light-to-medium coverage that holds up throughout the day. Available in 12 shades, the oil-free moisturizing formula is infused with rose extract, hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, goji berries, gold and peptides. Also, sweat and humidity-resistant. Plus, it has broad spectrum SPF 25. Great for all skin types.
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 ($48)
Lightweight serum like texture, dewy finish, and light coverage that evens out skin tone beautifully and lasts long too. Available in 18 shades, it nourishes skin with squalane (6%), hydrating hyaluronic acid and smoothing Niacinamide (2%). Also, the formula is oil-free, fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin with mineral SPF 40 protection. Best for normal to combination, and dry skin.
Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35 ($32)
Hydrating formula with a creamy texture, dewy glowing finish, and sheer coverage that’s fairly long-lasting. Available in 10 adaptable shades, it contains an array of nourishing ingredients like argan oil, grape seed oil, licorice extract, jojoba esters, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin E and aloe. Plus, it has broad-spectrum SPF 35 with mineral sunscreen actives. Best for dry skin.
Dermablend Continuous Correction Tone-Evening CC Cream SPF 50+ ($39)
Thin lightweight texture, natural matte finish, and breathable full coverage that stays put all day.
Available in 16 shades, the oil-free formula contains a blend of antioxidants like vitamin E, Niacinamide, caffeine and baicalin plus broad spectrum SPF 50+ Also, fragrance-free. Best for oily, acne-prone and combination skin.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 ($39.50)
Lightweight creamy texture, satin matte finish, and buildable medium-to-full coverage that’s long-wearing and transfer-proof. Available in 12 shades, the oil-free formula is infused with charcoal, tea tree extract and clay to absorb excess oil, plus it also contains anti-aging collagen, peptides, and mineral SPF 40. Also, fragrance-free. Best for normal, combination and oily skin. Full review and swatches of all shades here.
Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint Clean SPF 30 ($42)
Lightweight fluid texture, dewy-smooth finish, and sheer-to-light coverage (that wears quite well) for your-skin-but-better look. Available in 14 flexible shades, the moisturizing formula is infused with olive-derived squalane and natural oils like grapeseed, avocado, jojoba and olive oils, plus broad-spectrum SPF 30. Best for normal to dry skin.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30 ($47)
Lightweight moisturizing texture, soft dewy finish, and sheer coverage that just evens out skin tone for that “no makeup” natural makeup look. Available in 20 shades, it contains macadamia and kukui seed oils for hydration, plus broad-spectrum SPF 30. Best for normal, dry and combination skin.
The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer also comes in an oil-free version with matte finish for oily skin types.
Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23 ($35)
Lightweight hydrating gel-like texture, luminous finish with a healthy glow, and buildable light coverage but not very long-wearing. Available in 15 shades, the oil-free formula is enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid, glycerin and moringa seed extract, plus it has broad-spectrum SPF 23. Best for normal to combination, and dry skin.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Oil-Free Matte Full Coverage Moisturizer SPF 50+ ($39.50)
Lightly moisturizing creamy texture, natural matte finish, and buildable medium-to-full coverage that lasts pretty long. Available in 12 shades, the oil-free formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, Roman chamomile, plus mattifying Moroccan lava clay and colloidal clay. Also contains mineral SPF 50+ broad-spectrum sunscreen. Best for combination to oily skin.
Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 30 ($47)
Hydrating formula with a lightweight liquid texture, natural satin finish, and medium coverage that is long-lasting (water-resistant and smudge/transfer-resistant) Available in 30 shades with broad-spectrum SPF 30, the skin-smoothing formula leaves skin looking luminous. Best for normal, dry and combination skin.
So, these are my top picks for the best makeup products with sunscreen that make it easy to squeeze in some extra SPF for summer! Which one will you be trying first?
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