Okay, we're going to say this once and only once: You should be wearing SPF every day. It's a fact of life at this point. But we'll level with you, it's a lot of work—sometimes just too much of it—and that's why we're willing to acknowledge that despite our best efforts, sometimes we're going to fall short.
One convenient way to cut out the extra step without sacrificing sun protection is by using a foundation formula with SPF. But only under two conditions: 1) You opt for one that's SPF 15 or higher to be safe, and 2) You apply liberally and evenly.
Now that we have an understanding, here are formulas that will give you great coverage (yes, even though they have sunscreen in them) and keep those aging rays out of your business.
If you're not f*cking around when it comes to wrinkles, this is your stuff. The "PA+++" on the bottle actually means it's got the *highest* level of UVA protection by Japanese standards. And not only does it have SPF 42 bragging rights, but it holds up against sweat and oil while delivering lightweight, natural-looking matte coverage.
Shisheido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42, $36; sephora.com.
CC and BB cream enthusiasts, look no further than this light, dewy, and skin-tone evening formula. It's hard to believe it when you're warming it up between your fingers, but it does indeed have SPF 50 broad spectrum mineral sunscreen that wards off burns and damage. Oh, and if you're a sucker for exotic ingredients, it's got a moisturizing snail secretion filtrate in it, too.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+, $38; ulta.com.
A great option if you've got dry or sensitive skin, this creamy liquid formula serves up pure titanium dioxide-based, broad-spectrum protection with buildable satin matte coverage. It also delivers on its promise of being particularly great for diffusing rosacea.
Paula's Choice All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 25, $19; paulaschoice.com.
We love us a water-based foundation and M.A.C.'s super-fluid elixir strikes a perfect balance between matte and dewy if that's what you're looking for. As for protection, it's a unique blend of mineral and non-mineral active ingredients (the latter for that extra slip) that contribute to its SPF 30 protection.
MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30, $33; nordstrom.com.
Powder can be tricky as far as creating a solid shield, but applied correctly, this formula's titanium-dioxide-based sunscreen will come in handy against harmful rays. But real talk: You'll be most impressed by this cult-beloved satin powder's blend-ability and satin finish.
NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation SPF 24, $48; sephora.com.
One of the best drugstore foundations in the game, True Match is also doing its fair share to protect your skin from UV rays. The sunscreen is pure titanium dioxide, which is always less irritating to sensitive skin. As for finish, this silky matte formula delivers solid but still natural-looking coverage.
L'Oréal True Match Super Blendable Makeup, $9.99; ulta.com.