The Makeup Products With SPF 10 or Higher That You Really Need
If you were one of the many American teens who made regular visits to tanning beds or convinced yourself that a little sunburn couldn’t cause harm, you’ve probably changed your tune. Awareness for sun-related diseases, particularly skin cancer, has never been higher. The Skin Cancer Foundation touts the disease as the most common form of cancer in young adults.
Bottom line: Protecting your skin is not simply a precaution, it’s a necessity. Thankfully, makeup and skin care companies are keeping up with consumer demand for multitasking products that can enhance their appearance and protect against the sun’s harmful rays. To find out which ones are the cream of the crop, we asked top beauty experts to share their faves.
1. Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16
This budget-friendly, weightless formula contains soothing, hydrating and UV-protecting ingredients. It comes in a selection of 13 different hues, is paraben- and fragrance-free and contains brown seaweed extract, which is rich in fatty acids and excellent for aging skin. “This product helps visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and contains SPF 16 to protect the lips from UV rays,” Hillary Kline, Minneapolis-based makeup artist and beauty blogger said in an interview with The Cheat Sheet. “Try Blushing 85 — it’s a gorgeous color for all skin types!”
Where to buy it: $10, Target
2. bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
For full coverage, without the caked-on feel, this liquid foundation works wonders. In addition to containing broad spectrum SPF 20, its clinical formula is also tone-correcting. It can help improve the appearance of dark spots from pigmentation, and brightens the skin to improve it’s color and texture for a more youthful appearance.
“This one, in particular, feels light enough when applying, but also provides decent coverage, allowing for a noticeably brighter appearance to the skin,” said Kline. “I highly suggest that you purchase their Perfecting Face Brush ($28, Ulta) when applying to get into every nook and cranny.” Simply shake the product, drop a few drops onto the brush and buff into your skin. If you want more coverage, Kline recommends simply adding more drops to the brush and build.
Where to buy it: $30, bareMinerals
3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen
This is an SPF 50 sunscreen and makeup primer in one, meaning it saves time while you get ready and ensures you’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays. For those not used to primers, their main job is to serve as a base for the rest of your makeup, mattifying texture and filling in pores so your makeup goes on more smoothly.
“This primer contains Cell-Ox Shield, a mix of sunscreen ingredients and antioxidants that protect skin, as well as light-reflecting micro-particles to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and large pores,” Joel Schlessinger, M.D., board certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, said in an interview with The Cheat Sheet.
Where to buy it: $40, La Roche-Posay
4. 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Yes, even eye shadow comes with SPF these days — because, believe it or not, it’s possible to get a sunburn on your eyelids. This product has everything you’re looking for in a regular eye shadow — creamy, bright colors and long-wearing capability. It’s also chock-full of skin-loving ingredients, including mango seed butter and safflower seed oil, plus SPF 15. “What I love most about this product is the formula and wide range of colors to choose from,” Kline said. “Dab a little on your finger or use a small makeup brush and press into the eyelid.” One of her favorite hues is Elegant Taupe.
Where to buy it: $19, bareMinerals
5. Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint Sunscreen SPF 15
Shades of pink and red are always in, which is what makes these hues great year-round. But they’re particularly good choices for the summer, thanks to their SPF 15 protection. It goes on soft and smooth and helps to moisturize for up to eight hours, at least according to the brand. While it’s not a gloss, it does have a nice shine to it, so there’s no need for added layers!
Where to buy it: $22, Elizabeth Arden
6. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion
This cushion foundation might look too luxe for the beach, but we assure you it has the coverage you need — SPF 50 to be exact. In addition to its collagen-enhancing and elasticity-improving ingredients, like apricot kernel oil, it is armed with the right stuff to keep harmful UVA and UVB rays away. “With multiple shades, the Perfecting Cushion moisturizes skin with apricot kernel oil, hides imperfections, and protects the skin barrier with SPF 50,” Dendy Engelman, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, told The Cheat Sheet. “The cushion compact is a great way to provide hydration and also reapply sunscreen during the day!”
Where to buy it: $60, Sulwhasoo
7. Supergoop! Perk Up! Lip & Cheek Color Treat Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40
In addition to delivering vitamin-enriched, broad-spectrum SPF 40, this lip and cheek stain creates a gorgeous shade for on-the-go glam. “This product gives the skin a hint of color while providing a high level of SPF protection,” Dr. Schlessinger said. “Its universal shade is easily buildable and blends well so you can achieve your perfect look every time.” Simply use less if you’re lighter-skinned and more if you’re darker-skinned.
Where to buy it: $22, Sephora
8. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Face and Body Mist
The struggle is real: You want to rock a tan, but don’t want to harm your skin in the process. That’s where the sheer genius that is bronzer comes in handy. This sprayable kind is safe to use on your face and body, and is also armed with sun protection, though it’s only SPF 10. That means you should also cover your more sensitive areas with a higher level SPF in case the sun is too strong. It comes in two natural-looking hues in light and medium and goes on uniform so you don’t have to worry about splotching.
Where to buy it: $64, Sephora
9. Perricone MD No Blush Blush SPF 30
Though its tip-point applicator looks like it’s meant for your lips, this is a fully functioning cheek stain. It’s application tool is meant to target just the right areas of your cheek so you can blend it in accordingly. While it accentuates your cheekbones with a healthy perfusion of color, it also protects your skin with mineral SPF 30. We love that it’s easy to apply and long-lasting.
Where to buy it: $35, Perricone MD
10. COOLA Suncare Classic Face Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
Talk about double-duty — this killer setting spray prevents makeup meltdowns in the heat and protects against UV exposure. It’s also 70% certified organic, which is impressive for an advanced formula of its kind. While hyaluronic acid helps to bind moisture and soften, tone and rehydrate the skin, cucumber and aloe vera extracts work to soothe and refresh — offering complete SPF coverage.
Where to buy it: $36, COOLA Suncare
[Editor’s note: This story was originally published April 2017]