10 Best Powder Sunscreens for the Easiest SPF Reapplication

Brush-on powder formulas that work great over makeup.

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You apply one of the best sunscreens to your face each and every day—amazing, good for you, your skin loves you. But are you reapplying every two to three hours? Now, before you go rattling off a list of excuses (read: cream SPFs mess up my makeup, it’s too much work, it looks cakey), allow us to introduce you to the best powder sunscreens in the game. With brush-on mineral formulas that offer an extra layer of defense against the sun’s harmful rays and elegant textures designed to work with your makeup (we promise, no smudging in sight), these pocket-sized protectors are an easy addition to your pre-existing sun care routine. 

“I don’t recommend powder sunscreen as a sole face sunscreen, but rather as a reapplication product,”  explains Dr. Julie Russak, board-certified dermatologist. “Reapplying sunscreen in a powder form creates an extra layer of protection throughout the day and is cosmetically more appealing than applying cream or lotion on a face that already has makeup on.” While there are certainly pros to a powder sunscreen, making sure you apply the right amount can be a little tricky. There’s no true way to quantify *exactly* how much of a brush-on formula you’re going to need to ensure full protection, so Dr. Russak suggests aiming for an even layer over your face, neck, and chest. 

Interested? Keep reading, because we’ve rounded up the best powder sunscreens on the market. From our personal favorites that have been tested in the summer sun to dermatologist-approved formulas and industry go-tos, here are the top brush-on formulas. 

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.

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