The Absolute Best Sunscreens to Layer Under Foundation

All about that base.


Yes, on sunny mornings it's tempting to wear makeup with added SPF and call it a day (most of us do). But skincare experts suggest that those products can be unreliable if they're not at least SPF 30, not to mention uneven makeup application. A better solution? Wearing sunscreen as a base *underneath* your foundation. Ahead, some of the lightest sunscreens to wear with makeup that are worth it for the added skin benefits.

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For an Anti-Aging Wonder

The ideal pint-sized sunscreen to pack in your bag comes packed with antioxidants that ward off free radicals. Other skin-pleasing ingredients include chamomile and caffeine that brighten your complexion and smooth over wrinkles.

MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30, $25;

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An Antioxidant-Rich Primer

It has all the benefits of the best BB creams: swipe on this ultra-light *tinted* primer that beauty experts rave about for the way it easily blends and works to improve the overall look of your skin. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Daily Tinted Primer SPF 50, $40;

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For a Multi-Tasking Skin Aide

This extra multi-tasking skin quencher helps to minimize pores and leaves your skin looking fresh and dewy while blocking the sun's rays. 

IPKN Big Apple Sun Cream, $28;

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For Acne-Prone, Sensitive Skin

A tinted mineral sunblock that won't make you like white as a sheet when you step out of the house.

Cotz Natural Skin Tone SPF 40, $16;

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Waterproof and Sweatproof

Definitely one to bookmark for especially humid days: it's a mineral-based sunblock that keeps on keeping on even when it's exposed to sweat and soothes burning skin with a dose of aloe. 

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ Wetforce, $42;

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Biodegradable and Environmentally-Friendly

Zinc-based sunscreens are less likely to trigger any massive breakouts and this one's biodegradable and reef-safe if you're packing it in your travel bag this summer. 

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 30, $7;

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For Extra Sun Protection

Gather up, pale ladies. This super fluid sunscreen basically melts into skin so it blends especially well with your makeup and boasts a super high SPF, too. 

Lancome Bienfait UV SFP 50+, $39;

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For Brighter, Glowing Skin

Trust Dr. Jart+ to produce a sunscreen that not only handles the daily sun struggle, but also helps with hyper-pigmentation from sun damage thanks to light refracting particles inside.

Dr. Jart + Every Day Illuminating Sunscreen SPF 30, $34;

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For a Smooth, Matte Finish

When you're anticipating sweating buckets on a hot, sweaty day, pat on a mattifying sunscreen under your makeup so that at least when everything else is smudging, your face won't look terribly oily too. This one's created with titanium dioxide and zinc, too, which are better for sensitive skin. 

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen, $34;

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