Our Pick of The Best SPFs for Under Make-Up

April 29, 2020

Our Pick of
The Best SPFs
for Under Make-Up

You may have been put off wearing certain sunscreens under makeup as they can be too greasy, thick and some can even break you out, and, most frustratingly, it can make your makeup look uneven, patching and leaving an oily finish. But today’s sunscreens have new technology and formulas that feel lightweight on the skin, they can be matte and non-chalky, and they are completely untraceable under your make-up. 

We know you already know this, but it wouldn't be right not to say that your skin deserves sun protection year-round, even when you're inside and not facing direct sunlight. 

We picked the absolute best SPF formulas to glide on *every* morning under your makeup. These sunscreens can help to combat blemishes, hydrate and nourish the skin and best of all even make your foundation look incredibly smooth and natural over the top!


CODE8 Radiate Beauty Balm SPF 15

First and foremost, we cannot commence without a mention of our award-winning skin-protecting Radiate Beauty Balm. Formulated with antioxidants and Argan Seed Oil, our skin-hydrating blend uses pioneering 'Knead' technology so it dries smoothly to look like a second skin. SPF15 protection is built-in, so you can wear instead of foundation or tinted moisturiser during the warmer months instead of wearing SPF under makeup. 


REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 

This vegan SPF moisturiser newcomer is already a firm favourite thanks to its naturally derived, gentle ingredients, recycled plastic packaging and anti-pollution formulation, which protects against blue light as well as UVA/UVB. The silicone-free moisturiser works to mattify as well as hydrate and contains non-nano naturally derived zinc oxide to protect from the sun. Passion fruit and rice extracts offer soothing powers too, a fantastic option if you are on the search for a vegan-friendly SPF for under makeup. 


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+ 75ml

Perfect for gently misting over your face at any time of day, the SPF formula here is light and non-sticky making it the perfect sunscreen for under, or even over your makeup. Easy to use and the lightweight yet high protection formula keeps UVA and UVB rays at bay.


Lancaster Sun Sport Invisible Face Gel SPF30 

One for all the fitness devotees out there, Lancaster's quick-drying clear gel is both sweat and water-resistant - ideal for those more intense workouts. Whether you are looking for a water-resistant SPF for under makeup whilst you exercise, or simply some protection from the elements, this sunscreen has you covered. The best bit? Its invisible formula means no white streaks whatever your skin tone.


Dermalogica Oil-Free Matte SPF 30

If you prefer having a matte base, this Dermalogica oil-free option may be the one for you. Designed for combination to oily skin types, this helps prevent shine, regulate oil production and soothe inflammation without making you skin appear dull. We have a winner for oily and acne prone skin!


Paula's Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50

This skin-loving sunscreen is ideal for wear under makeup, blended with powerful antioxidants and vitamins for optimum defence, this silky textured lotion can be used on the face and body too. What makes it a staple is its long wear-ability and water-resistant formula - ideal for those who love to spend that extra ten minutes outside or in the water. 

We hope our picks of the best sunscreens and SPFs for under makeup have helped you, and remember, protecting your skin should be a priority all year round, not just in the warmer months.