How to Wear Sunscreen With Makeup (Without Messing Up Your Look)

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It's official--sunscreen is becoming a daily habit for many of you. You make sure to apply it every morning before you put on your makeup. How often do you reapply it during the day? Oh, not at all? You're probably wondering how to wear sunscreen with makeup. I mean, is it even possible to reapply your sunscreen after you've painstakingly contoured, buffed and powdered? That sounds about as appealing as going to yoga class wearing your power suit. However, it's important to reapply sunscreen throughout the day to minimize your sun exposure.

Skip the Foundation

Instead of layering foundation over your initial sunscreen application, try using a tinted sunscreen instead. It will even out your skin tone and give you added sun protection. If you do need more coverage, skip the powder foundation. It can appear cakey over sunscreen.

Reapply with Physical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreen won't absorb well into your skin if you reapply it over makeup. Use a mineral sunscreen powder that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to physically block UV radiation when you reapply throughout the day. Try to swipe on two coats; it can be difficult to gauge your coverage when using powdered sunscreen.

Mist it On

If you prefer not to use powder, you can mist on the SPF with several ultra-light sunscreen or SPF setting sprays designed for use on the face. Close your eyes, hold your breath, and apply in a zig-zag motion across your face, neck and chest. If necessary, pat gently. Don't rub, or you'll smear your makeup. Just make sure that you apply this every 30 minutes or so if you're in direct sunlight, because you're applying less than the recommended amount.

If you've been struggling with how to wear sunscreen with makeup, now you know. You'll probably have to stock up on some additional skincare products, but the benefits are worth it. You'll reduce your risk of skin cancer and help prevent early aging.

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