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The Best Makeup Products with SPF

A woman shielding her face from the sun with her hand.
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Sunscreen is a must to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. So, make your life easier by only wearing makeup that also offers sun protection!

Why care about SPF in your makeup? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should be wearing sunscreen every single day you’ll be outside, especially on your face. Sunscreen is vital to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, and those are present even on cloudy or snowy days.

Still, a 2019 report found that only one in 10 Americans use sunscreen daily. If you constantly forget to apply sunscreen, using makeup products with an SPF can be a huge help.

While many products might not contain a very high SPF, a little is still better than nothing—and, yes, you can still wear sunscreen under your makeup even if it also contains an SPF.

We’ve rounded up some of the best makeup products with an SPF, so you’ll have an additional layer of protection all summer (and beyond).

Best Foundation: Tarte Sea Water Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Tarte Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Foundation with SPF is the makeup you really want because you apply it all over your face. Tarte Sea Water Foundation is a great option because it offers broad-spectrum protection, which means it protects from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

It also feels amazing on your skin. It’s made with water, marine plant extracts, and vitamin E, all of which make your skin feel super-moisturized and soft. It’s lightweight and diminishes signs of visible aging, making your skin look smooth and clear without feeling heavy.

Best Primer: Laura Mercier Pure Canvas

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer
Laura Mercier

Since a primer also covers your entire face, it’s a good idea to get one with an SPF. The Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer is an excellent option. With an SPF of 30 (which is high for makeup), it offers broad-spectrum protection and never feels like sunscreen.

It’s made of a breathable formula that never feels sticky or tacky on your skin, and leaves your face looking flawless and smooth. It’s also made with a blend of vitamins C and E, both of which act as powerful antioxidants that can improve skin over time.

Best Setting Spray: Coola Organic Makeup

A setting spray with SPF is great because you can use it throughout the day. Not only does it reapply your SPF, but it also refreshes your makeup, leaving your skin looking radiant and dewy.

Coola Organic Makeup Setting Spray is probably the best one out there. It has SPF of 30 and is super-hydrating and weightless. It’ll ensure your makeup looks fresh all day, but, again, a spritz here and there will instantly give you a refresh. It’s also cooling and relieves any redness or warmth you might feel after spending the day in the sun.

It’s made with hyaluronic acid, juniper, date palm, peony plant cell extracts, and organic aloe vera to keep your skin hydrated and soft.

Best Powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Foundation

BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

If you prefer powder to liquid foundation, try bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation. This classic will probably always be around. With SPF 15, it offers broad-spectrum coverage for maximum protection.

This is our favorite powder foundation because it feels super-lightweight and never looks cakey. The coverage is buildable, and it offers a very natural finish that’s more luminous than matte. The shade range is also quite extensive, and it’s a talc-free formula.

bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 Warm Deep 27 0.28 oz

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Best Tinted Sunscreen: Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection

It’s tough to find a makeup product that has an SPF of 30, let alone 50, but Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Mineral Sunscreen Brush has exactly that.

While this is technically a brush-on sunscreen, not makeup, it’s really kind of both. It offers tints for light coverage (although the shade range is very small), but it’s the SPF that’s the real draw.

Made with EnviroScreen Technology, this convenient product is portable and easy to apply anywhere whenever you need a quick touch-up. Most importantly, it offers maximum sun protection without that heavy sunscreen feeling.

Best Tinted Moisturizer: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream

Easily one of our favorite makeup products of all time, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream feels amazing, offers great lightweight coverage, and has a relatively high SPF of 30.

We love this product because it goes on smoothly, offers great coverage, and gives your skin a hydrated glow that’s perfect for summer. It’s a tinted moisturizer, so it hydrates while providing foundation-like coverage to conceal imperfections.

It’s also a broad-spectrum, mineral-based sunscreen for extra protection against harmful UV rays. If you’re not into full coverage foundation in the summer, this is a great choice.

Best Lip Balm: Supergoop! PLAY

If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn on your lips, you know it’s not pleasant. Too much sun on your lips leaves them feeling dry and chapped in the most uncomfortable way. Don’t spend any more time in the sun without SPF on your lips!

Supergoop! PLAY Lip Balm has a high SPF of 30, with a really nice, fruity acai scent that isn’t overwhelming. It absorbs both UVA and UVB rays, and it’s water- and sweat-resistant, so it won’t come off too quickly.

It’s also oxybenzone- and octinoxate-free, so it’s reef-friendly. Made with shea butter, honey, and sunflower seed oil, it’ll keep your lips soft and moisturized without ever feeling sticky.

Best Eyeshadow: Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating

Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30

Sunburned eyelids are just as bad as sunburned lips. They burn, sting, and, of course, look red. It’s not exactly easy to slather aloe vera all over them until they get better, either.

Enter, Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow: a genius product with SPF 30. You can use this instead of carefully dabbing sunscreen on your eyelids. Plus, it doubles as makeup. Made with zinc oxide and octisalate, it offers great sun protection.

It also feels good, thanks to a blend of rose, chamomile, jasmine, and sunflower extracts, which provide soothing antioxidant protection. The colors are mostly pretty neutrals that are subtle enough to be worn at the beach or pool, but nice enough to be dressed up, as well.

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Jessica Booth is a freelance writer for LifeSavvy. She has been working in the editorial world as a freelance writer for over two years and previously worked as an editor for over eight years.  Jessica writes about travel, beauty, wellness, health, food, home decor, and parenting, and has reviewed and tested out products for all of those verticals over the course of her career. Read Full Bio »
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