A. How To Use Sunscreen With Makeup
The best foundation for beautiful makeup is smooth, youthful-looking skin. If you are constantly in the sun, there is a risk of sun damage. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause premature aging, wrinkles, sunspots and even skin cancer. However, the good news is that you can easily add some sunscreen to your makeup routine. Protecting your skin is absolutely essential, and you can do it while it’s still cared for and beautiful!
1. Use sunscreen under makeup
a. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
SPF stands for sun protection factor and measures the effectiveness of sunscreens. A sun protection factor of 15-30 is sufficient for daily use. When you know you’re going to be spending time outdoors in the strong sun, increase your protection to an SPF of 30-50, depending on your skin tone. Remember that even if you are not exposed to direct sunlight or get burned, you will still receive solar radiation. Don’t wait until you get sunburned or premature wrinkles to start applying!
- There are sunscreens on the market that have a sun protection factor of up to and even above 100. However, sun protection factors over 50 offer only minimal benefits.
b. Apply evenly across the face
Don’t forget your ears and neck! Use a generous amount, about half a teaspoon, and apply more if you don’t feel completely covered. This is the most important product you will use on your face, so don’t skimp on it. Use a mirror to make sure you don’t miss any points.
- Try different types of sunscreen at your drugstore or even your local beauty store. While some may look heavy and thick on your skin, there are also light lotions and serums on the market that are perfect for makeup users.
- Remember to apply sunscreen all over your body, especially on areas that will be exposed to direct sunlight. All your skin needs sun protection.
c. Apply sunscreen until it is completely absorbed by the skin
It may look like more product than you’re used to putting on your face, but keep hitting. By applying sunscreen to your skin instead of rubbing it, you can avoid irritating it. It also ensures that the sunscreen is evenly applied to the face. Give your sunscreen three to five minutes to fully absorb before starting your makeup routine.
- If you want to use a colored sun protection factor, place it over an ordinary sunscreen. Cosmetic products with sun protection are not as effective as products designed exclusively for sun protection. Use a colored FPS product as additional protection, not exclusive protection.
- If you have oily skin, consider investing in an SPF foundation that is applied under a tinted moisturizer or liquid SPF foundation. This offers longer lasting protection than using plain sunscreen.
d. apply your makeup
Change the powder foundation for a liquid or cream foundation. This blends more naturally with the texture of the sunscreen and keeps you from getting that dreaded “cake” look. You can use a liquid bronzer and blush for a full, tanned look – no sun damage! Apply eye makeup normally.
When you need to find new makeup products that go best with your sunscreen, you make the sacrifice. It’s a small expense now, but you’ll be rewarded with firmer, younger-looking, cancer-free skin as you age.
It is not recommended to mix sunscreen with makeup or moisturizer. This can save some time, but there is always the risk that two products will not respond well to each other. You can also dilute the sunscreen and reduce the coverage you get.
2. Reapply sunscreen over makeup
a. Only apply sunscreen to makeup when applying it again
For sunscreen to work most effectively, you need to apply it directly to bare skin. However, it is not practical to remove makeup and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Check out products like sun protection factor fixative sprays, powders with SPF or even sunscreen spray to refresh your makeup when it’s time to reapply.
- This can be time-consuming and inconvenient, but it’s the only way your sun protection can achieve its full effect.
- Take time now to properly apply sunscreen and avoid covering wrinkles and sunspots later.
b. You already knew?
When in the sun, you should reapply sunscreen at least every 3 hours. If you protect your skin from dangerous UVA and UVB rays, it will stay healthy and you will look young for much longer.
c. Apply physical sunscreen over makeup
Most sunscreens on the market are chemical, which means the chemicals in their formulas prevent the sun from reaching your skin by absorbing the rays. However, physical sunscreen works by creating a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. As skin makeup does not allow the absorption of chemical sunscreens, it does not provide effective protection. Physical sunscreen can even work on your makeup to help deflect the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens come in powders, creams and sprays, so choose whichever is easiest for you to apply.
d. Use a spray-on sunscreen
As you’re already wearing your makeup, a spray-on sunscreen is your best bet not to spoil it. To use it correctly, close your eyes and hold your breath. Push the nozzle down and apply by spraying it back and forth across the face. Spray more than you think is necessary because sunscreen sprays don’t cover as well as creams and lotions.
- Do not touch your face while the spray is drying. If you touch it, you run the risk of rubbing it in places and compromising the sunscreen.
- Another spray option is a make-up fixer spray with SPF. Like sunscreen, it shouldn’t be used as the only sunscreen, but it’s great for refreshing and helping to keep makeup in place throughout the day. Makeup-fixing sprays with SPF not only protect your skin from the sun, but also mattify and moisturize your skin at the same time.
e. Consider powdered sunscreen
This is another option you can apply over makeup. However, unlike sunscreen spray, you have to touch the skin directly, which may or may not mess up the makeup. By spreading the powder all over your face, you will prevent the sun from reaching your skin. In addition, the powder can even be applied to the hairline to ensure there are no protective gaps.
- You can find many colored SPF powders to use throughout the day to protect and balance your skin.
f. Reapply generously and frequently
Physical sunscreen is easier to remove than chemical sunscreen. Since it physically protects your skin from the sun, your face must be completely covered for it to work. Cream and powdered sunscreen should be applied over makeup every two hours, while mists and sprays should be reapplied every hour.
B. Do You Use Makeup Primer Before or After Sunscreen?
Skin care can be confusing, do you use makeup primers before or after sunscreen? Summer is here and there’s no doubt that you want to look good with your favorite makeup products and stay safe even in the hottest weather. But for a trendy day at the beach, a girls’ day at the pool or a day exploring a new city in the sun, how can you ensure you’re at your best without getting sunburned? The good news is that here at Elizabeth Mott we are ready to answer all your questions so you can look and feel confident this summer.
1. In which order should I apply my face care products?
So you’ve washed your face and now you can start creating your summer look for the day. But where do you start? Start with sunscreen first and then apply daytime sunscreen and let it dry before starting your makeup with a face primer. Our Thank Me Later Face Primer is perfect for this and has a matte and luminous effect depending on your desired look and skin type.
2. Will sunscreen still work if I use makeup primer?
But how does sunscreen work even when you have your makeup on it? The truth is, your choice of a face primer will help with this! The foundation allows the makeup to stay in place without affecting the sunscreen’s ability to protect you from the sun! It creates a small barrier between your makeup and the sunscreen underneath.
3. Should I use a matte primer or a glossy primer?
When it comes to using a matte or glossy primer, it depends entirely on the look you want and your skin. None of the primers make you more prone to sunburn and the sunscreen does not affect the effectiveness of the primers.
4. Will my makeup stay after using the sunscreen?
Sunscreen can look greasy depending on which one you use, so putting it on first may worry you whether your makeup will take it. And the answer is yes! If you use our Thank Me Later Face Primer, you’ll fix this look right from the start. It creates a smooth canvas for your perfect makeup look and lets you create the summer look you imagine without any flaws! It’s also sweatproof and waterproof, so nothing will make this look fall off this summer (until you want to).
5. Can sunscreen replace moisturizer?
When trying to minimize the products you use in your routine, you may be wondering if you can use sunscreen instead of moisturizer. The answer is no. However, you can use a moisturizer instead of sunscreen if the moisturizer of your choice is formulated with SPF. This means you can moisturize and protect your face from the sun in one simple step before adding your favorite Thank Me Later face primer.
When it comes to perfecting the perfect summer makeup, it’s important to take care of your body too! Wearing sunscreen under your makeup look can create your perfect summer look while protecting your skin from the sun! That way, you can be at your best this summer, without the risk of a painful sunburn or skin damage.