How to apply Sunscreen with makeup

Sunscreen with Makeup

Most people only apply sunscreen during the summer, and neglect it the rest of the season. But the rule of thumb for wearing sunscreen should be wear it all day, every day. Not only does sunscreen help block the harmful UVA and UVB radiation from the sun which are responsible for causing skin cancer, it also prevents premature aging, wrinkles, and sun spots.

Add to this, the daily makeup that most of us cannot live without and we have the perfect recipe for a disaster. Applying sunscreen with makeup is a daily hindrance to most of us. If we have to reapply sunscreen with an already done makeup then all hell is about to break loose. Well, worry not, we have come up with a way to reduce the discomfort that we usually face when applying and reapplying sunscreen with makeup.


How to select the perfect sunscreen?

How to apply Sunscreen with makeup

First of all, we need to select the perfect sunscreen. While personal choice as well as your skin type plays a huge role in determining the perfect sunscreen, we have decided to not recommend a product straight up. Experiment with various different sunscreen and find the perfect sunscreen for your skin by yourself.

When you are selecting the perfect sunscreen for yourself, you will need to note down the SPF that you want. SPF stands for sun protection factor and is the measure of the potency of sunscreen. The general consensus is that SPF 30 is perfect for everyday usage while if you are planning to spend more time outdoors, it may be prudent to invest in a SPF 50 sunscreen as well. There are sunscreens that offer upto SPF 100 but SPF over 50 offer minimal benefits when compared to SPF 50.

Make sure to note that your sunscreen should contain the following three ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Avobenzone. Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens, which means that they act as a mask that will provide a physical layer of protection over your skin to reflect back the harmful sun rays. Avobenzone, on the other hand, is an oil soluble ingredients in sunscreen that absorbs the UV radiations of the sun.

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Applying sunscreen before makeup

Applying sunscreen before makeup

The best method to apply sunscreen with makeup is to apply the sunscreen first and then apply makeup over it.

After washing your face, make sure that you apply a layer of sunscreen on your clean face. You can also use fresh wipes or cotton with rose water to clean your face.

You should have a couple sheets of blotting paper ready in hand in case you have oily skin.

When applying the sunscreen, do not rub it on your face. Pat the sunscreen on your skin until it is fully absorbed into your skin. Do not forget to apply sunscreen at the top of the forehead, near the hairline as well as the sides of the cheek, jawline and neck. Most rub the sunscreen on their face and this results in uneven distribution of sunscreen on their face.

Make sure to give your sunscreen 3-5 minutes to fully sink in your face before you start applying makeup. Change your powder foundation with liquid or cream foundation as otherwise your face might appear cakey as a result of your powder foundation mixing with the sunscreen.  

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Reapplying sunscreen over makeup

Reapplying sunscreen over makeup

Most know of the importance of applying sunscreen to protect against the harmful UVA and UVB radiations from the sun, however, not many know that you need to reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours if you are outdoor and every 5-6 hours if you are not outdoors.

Now, this might cause a lot of you some concern as reapplying your sunscreen on makeup results in smudging or smearing all your morning hard work. Even the best session of reapplying sunscreen results in a disheveled look. So what are the solutions to this problem of reapplying sunscreen over makeup.

There are various types of sunscreen available. Most soluble sunscreen are meant for direct absorption into the skin and since we have a layer of makeup already in place using a soluble sunscreen will only result in a mess or smudges. This is why for reapplying sunscreen over makeup, the best option is to go for a physical sunblock.  

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Physical sunblocks do not need to be absorbed into the skin and as a result, applying these over an already done makeup will not cause any mess with your makeup while providing a physical barrier of protection against the harmful UVA and UVB sun radiations.

The first option is to apply a powder sunscreen on your face. Use a brush to apply the powder sunscreen and you are set for the later half of the day as well. There are loose powders as well as pressed powder sunscreen and there are basically not much difference between the two. Loose powder sunscreen is easier to brush onto your already makeup face.

The other option is to invest in a spray sunscreen. Applying spray sunscreen is not a hard task, just close your eyes, hold your breath and you are set for a spray sunscreen. Make sure to not touch your face while the spray dries. There are also a multitude of makeup setting sprays with sunscreen included that you can use to reapply sunscreen on your face. However, these are only suitable for reapplying sunscreen and should not be used in place of a proper sunscreen at the start of the day.

Tinted compact with an SPF

Another option is to use a tinted compact that comes with an SPF. There are a variety of products that are available and you can find the perfect tint for your skin color. The result is a retouch of your makeup coupled with a reapplication of sunscreen.


Applying sunscreen should be a priority, especially if you work outdoors. Not only will it prevent premature aging, sun spots and blemishes, there is a higher chance of skin cancer associated with the harmful UVA and UVB sun radiations. Experiment with different sunscreens till you find the perfect sunscreen for you and make sure to reapply every few hours.



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