Should I Be Using Makeup With SPF?

February 17, 2021

Should I Be Using
Makeup with SPF?

Everything you need to know about how to wear makeup and SPF together flawlessly

Woman Wearing Makeup & SPF

SPF is crucial for keeping your skin looking its best, but some people are often hesitant to add sun protection into their daily routine. Worries about sliding makeup and strange textures on the skin stop them from keeping safe in the sun. But what’s the best way to wear makeup with SPF? We’ve created a complete guide on how to use makeup together with SPF, debunking beauty myths and explaining how to wear multiple skin products at once.

Sunlight in London

Why use SPF?

Wearing a hat and staying out of the sun are useful tools to help reduce your chances of sun damage, but the sun’s ray are strong even on dull days, and can even penetrate glass windows. There’s only one thing that can protect you entirely from the sun—and that’s SPF. 

SPF protects your skin from harmful UV rays by creating a barrier to stop them from penetrating and damaging your skin cells. It’s for this reason that most dermatologists recommend using an SPF product daily. By preventing harmful UVA and UVB rays from reaching your skin, you can help to prevent sagging and wrinkles too, so it’s also brilliant for anyone concerned with the effects of ageing, and can be used instead of buying more expensive anti-ageing makeup. 

SPF under makeup  

You should apply SPF as the last step in your skincare routine, after cleansing, toning and moisturising your face—but before applying your makeup. If you’re concerned about too many products making your face oily, try wearing your makeup with SPF from Dermalogica, who offer an Oil-Free Matte SPF 30. It’s one of the best SPFs for wearing under makeup as it’s specifically designed to prevent shine and has a lightweight formula that easily rubs into the skin, leaving no residue. Apply a small amount all over your face for the perfect base to apply your foundation. 

Woman Wearing SPF & Makeup
Foundations for Use With SPF

We love the Day To Night Foundation because not only is it oil-free, but it’s also universally flattering and long-lasting. Some foundations can ball up and lift SPF off the skin when they’re applied, but the Day To Night Foundation is incredibly easy to blend and lies perfectly over other products, including sun cream. It also contains a host of skincare benefits like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and an anti-wrinkle makeup agent, so your skin will have that youthful glow almost immediately.

Makeup with added SPF

If you’re in a hurry or have to pack light for a last-minute trip, try a complexion product with built-in SPF. The Radiate Beauty Balm contains Pectin, Argan Seed Oil and SPF 15, is easy to blend and is super lightweight. It melts seamlessly into the skin giving you natural-looking coverage while also keeping you safe from the sun’s rays. Remember - SPF in makeup isn't an adequate replacement for sun protection altogether, but it's a handy helper every once in a while when you're in a rush and need a quick solution. 

Now we’ve explained the different ways you can wear makeup with SPF, we hope you’ll add it into your beauty routine. Keeping your skin safe should always be your top priority, but if you can blur imperfections and fine lines at the same time using anti ageing makeup, that’s even better.