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Foundation Meets Protection

The Best Makeup With SPF

It’s always amazing when a brand can provide a makeup product that also helps you out in the long run, and today, we’re talking about skincare-infused makeup products. There are tons of options on the market of makeup that promises better skin over time. There are even mascaras that promise to help your lashes grow! Sunscreen is the key to anti-aging. Every dermatologist you’ve ever met has told you this. That’s why foundation with SPF is a godsend. Finally, your makeup can protect your skin against the sun and help prevent signs of aging…

Why You Need SPF

Whether you’re a skincare addict or not, this is one skincare product that absolutely everyone needs. You can use all the anti-aging products you’d like and drop hundreds of dollars on them, but the truth is that all their work will be cancelled out by the lack of protection from the sun.

It seems crazy, but it is true. SPF is the most important product you can use on your skin. The sun causes the most damage to our skin, this is unavoidable. Creating a barrier between your skin and the sun is the best way to prevent any signs of aging from showing.

If you have the time; take a trip to the dermatologists and let them take a photo of your skin that can be scanned to show the underlying sun damage that will begin to show with time. You will be traumatized! Using SPF daily can avoid that photo being super terrifying.

Why Foundation With SPF Is Beneficial

While we recommend taking the steps to use a separate SPF every day before applying your makeup, foundation with SPF is still a highly beneficial addition to your beauty regimen.

First, there’s no such thing as too much protection. The more layers of SPF you apply throughout the day, the more protection you’re getting. The protection provided by SPF can fade with time- that’s why it’s recommended to re-apply throughout the day.

Wearing a foundation with SPF on top of your SPF is just taking an extra precaution that your skin will thank you for later. But if you’re too lazy to stick to applying SPF every day, then at least with foundations containing SPF you’re getting some protection. Granted, it’s not as protective as using the two, but something is better than nothing.

Another reason foundations containing SPF are great is when it comes to re-applying. We all know your eyes rolled over when we said you should reapply your SPF. Naturally, it sounds unreasonable to expect you to pat some SPF on top of your perfect glam…

Foundations containing SPF can come in mineral forms or liquid, either way- it’s much easier to reapply than a classic white SPF. Whether you choose to buff on some powder SPF or add a layer of foundation!

How to Find the Right Foundation With SPF for You

Now, as with any base product- it’s important to figure out the right one for your skin tone and skin type. There is such a vast array of SPF foundations out there that it can be tricky to figure out your perfect match.

When it comes to skin type, it is especially important to find your perfect SPF foundation. If you have acne prone skin or oily skin (or both!) then mineral SPF foundations are perfect for you. You don’t want to clog your pores or use anything that will get cakey with your natural oils.

Mineral powder SPF foundations can feel super weightless on your skin while giving you the coverage you need. Mineral SPF foundations can really work for any skin type, but they are the best option for oilier skin types.

However, if you have dry skin that craves hydration then you’re better off sticking to tinted SPFs. A tinted SPF can work like a tinted moisturizer in the sense that it gives your skin a foundation of coverage and tint while still hydrating your skin and not looking too heavy!

Lastly, an important factor to consider when it comes to SPF foundations is flashback. As we all know, SPF gives instant flashback- which is when your face looks bright white/grey when using flash photography. This is an unfortunate side effect, but one that we think is worth dealing with!

Our Top Picks

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
  • Bareminerals Original Foundation SPF15
  • L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation SPF 15
  • Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  • It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
  • L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Makeup SPF 17
  • MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30