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How To Reapply Sunscreen When You’re Wearing Makeup

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How To Reapply Sunscreen

By now we’re all fully aware that sunscreen is a crucial part of your skin-care routine, rain or shine. It’s the number one “anti-aging” product out there, and truthfully, there’s no point to investing in pricey serums and creams if you’re not going to first protect your skin with SPF. But what happens when you’re wearing a face full of makeup and it comes time to reapply—and yes, you do have to reapply to make sure your sun protection lasts throughout the day.

 Tips and tricks on how to reapply sunscreen and maintaining flawless makeup while also keeping your skin protected.


Ensuring all-day protection in the form of reapplication is key.  A good rule of thumb is to apply SPF 15 minutes before sun exposure and every two hours when indirect exposure. Also, be sure to choose an SPF of 30 to 50—it’s the safest bet to protect against 97 to 98 percent of UVB rays (the 5 percent of UV rays that lead to most skin cancers).


Your SPF is only as beneficial as the highest SPF you apply, in the most generous amount.That said, because it can be difficult to cover every inch of your skin (most people have the tendency to slather sunscreen on the center of the face and neglect the outer edges), “Layering is a great way to ensure that the [highest] amount of surface area of your skin is protected.” This also has the added benefit of evening out your skin tone if you apply,  a tinted moisturizer with SPF on top of your SPF moisturizer. 

How To Reapply Sunscreen

If You’re Oily

To use an SPF powder, it’s essential to first press the powder into the skin with a [brush] or puff in order to ensure maximum surface-area coverage. Follow up by buffing away any excess powder.” If your skin skews oily and your makeup tends to melt off throughout the day, use this as an opportunity to add coverage back into your look by using a pressed powder.

If You’re Dry or Combination

Unlike oily skin, dry skin requires a tad more hydration when it comes to touch-ups, and a powder can often emphasize dry patches—whether it’s of the SPF variety or not. For this reason, A refreshing, hydrating SPF mist allows you to continue to add hydration and balance to dry skin while also protecting it.

If You’re Sensitive

Sensitive skin types may find that the layering of too many products (sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation—the works) can lay the groundwork for breakouts and clogged pores. Nix a step by opting for a multi-tasking moisturizer that contains a built-in SPF. Then, depending on where your skin type lies on the spectrum, continue to reapply every two hours with an SPF powder or mist.

Soleil Toujours Organic Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30

Packed with antioxidants that calm and hydrate the skin, this formula adds radiance, finishes, and sets makeup.

Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense SPF 30

Dermalogica’s sheer, lightweight physical sunscreen features non-nano zinc oxide that protects against blue light, UV rays, and pollution. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive. 


No7 City Light Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

This sheer, skin-perfecting tinted moisturizer provides all-day hydration and defends against daily environmental stresses like the sun and pollution. 

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Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50

Rich in vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients, it allows you to enjoy the sun your way.

Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation - Makeup - Pacifica Beauty


Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation

It illuminates and perfects with specially adapted color-correcting reflective minerals that adjust to your own skin shade.


100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder SPF 20

100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder SPF 20 is a super-light foundation that helps you achieve a poreless, seamless complexion


Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

This SPF 25 foundation blends flawlessly for gorgeous, natural coverage.


 Supergoop! Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40 

A better-than-ever makeup setting spray, that lets you easily reapply your SPF.


Colorscience SunForgettable Bruch On Sunscreen SPF 30

A brush-on mineral sunscreen powder fit for all skin types.

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