The 13 best sunscreen makeup products of 2022, according to experts

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I’ll be honest: Up until this point, makeup and sunscreen were completely separate concepts in my mind. It was only recently that I learned about the wonderful world of sunscreen makeup, aka tinted moisturizers, foundations, lip balms and setting powders with an SPF of 30 or higher, meaning they can help protect your skin from sun damage when used with your daily sunscreen (more on that below). And as someone who spends 90 percent of their life putting on sunscreen (seriously, I keep a steady supply of SPF hand cream on my desk, waterproof sunscreen in the summer, and reef-safe sunscreen by my side every damn day), this revelation was huge . I mean, if you already wear makeup, why not wear makeup that also gives your face a little boost of protection?

But before you (erm, I) jump too far, let’s go through two myth-busting basics:

  1. Sunscreen makeup cannot – and should not – replace your regular, daily sunscreen. Why? Because the amount of makeup you actually put on your skin is minimal, meaning you don’t get the full SPF value you see on the bottle. In fact, you’re probably getting about a seventh the SPF strength, says Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue in New York City.
  2. Doubling SPFs does not double the protection. So if you’re wearing your regular SPF 30 mineral sunscreen and applying a tinted SPF 30 moisturizer, you’re not really wearing SPF 60 overall — you’re still wearing SPF 30. That doesn’t mean you’re not getting some extra protection ( the more layers on your face, the more barrier you have against the sun in general), but it’s not the math equation you might be thinking.

I know, big crap. Still, the experts I’ve spoken to are all recommend wearing sunscreen makeup every day for a little extra protection from sun damage and blue light damage (Yes, it’s real and it’s coming from your phone and computer). While sunscreen makeup isn’t strong enough to protect you on its own, it still helps ensure you’re getting a full-coverage application of SPF after your tablespoon’s regular sunscreen. K, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to how to actually choose the right products.

Meet the experts

What you should pay attention to when choosing sun protection make-up

Choose SPF 30 or higher

First of all, set your shopping filters to “SPF 30 or higher”. We’ll keep saying it, but SPF 30 is the bare minimum that will fully protect you from sun damageespecially considering how little protection you get from sunscreen makeup in general, as stated in my previous email.

Consider your own skin type

Makeup artist Neil Scibelli says The type of sunscreen makeup you choose depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin, he says, opt for lightweight, oil-free foundations, foundations, and concealers with SPF, then set your skin with SPF-filled powder. “I’m a big fan of SPF powders because they help mattify skin while providing sun protection,” says Scibelli. If you have “normal” skin, look for SPF products for your ~protective glow~, and if you have dry skin, look for medium-weight, moisturizing primers, foundations, and concealers.

Our top sun protection makeup picks of 2022

Ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of finding out which sunscreen makeup products are right for you? Cool. Keep scrolling.

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This foundation with sun protection

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint Clean SPF 30 Foundation

This sheer foundation continues with a light, dewy finish that won’t leave you with cakey makeup. Not only does it have SPF 30, but it also has blue light protection thanks to the iron oxides in the formula, which help keep your skin from staring at screens all day, says Dr. patel

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This tinted foundation with sun protection

Live Tinted Hueguard 3-in-1 broad spectrum mineral primer with SPF 30

“I like to use sunscreen primers that are really transparent and liquid.” says Scibelli. Enter: This creamy mineral sunscreen foundation with SPF 35 enriched with vitamin E and alpha-bisabolol, a soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredient found in chamomile. Layer it on top of your skincare routine and you’ve got extra protected skin and a ~primed~ canvas for your makeup.

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This lightweight tinted serum

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

One of the main factors that Scibelli looks for in SPF face makeup is its thickness and coverage. Why? Because if you plan on layering your makeup (think foundation, concealer, blush, and highlighter), You want to start with an SPF base that’s thin and silky, instead of thick and heavy. This oil-free, lightweight toning serum is formulated with a cocktail of niacinamide (which helps lighten dark spots) and squalane (which mimics skin’s natural oils to help hydrate your skin barrier) to leave skin looking dewy and radiant.

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This SPF foundation for sensitive skin

Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

You can add this SPF 30 foundation to your list of acceptable products for sensitive skin. The tinted formula is fully breathable but still gives you more protection than a regular tinted moisturizer that helps neutralize dark spots and redness while still looking natural.

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This plumping lip balm with SPF

dr Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Lip Plump SPF 30

This four-in-one lip balm is a true multitasker: It has a light berry color, a high gloss finisha slight plumping effect and a large dose of SPF 30. Only downside: reviewers say the plumping effect only lasts 30 minutes to an hour, but if you’re looking for a tinted lip gloss with sunscreen and a little oomp on your lips, that’s it.

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This lightweight primer with SPF

Beekman 1802 Milk Primer SPF 35 2-in-1 Daily Defense Sunscreen & Makeup Perfecter

Even if you normally avoid face makeup at all costs, I urge you to make an exception for this primer. Because yes, even if it’s another layer on your skin, this lightweight primer will help Smooth out any uneven texture and prevent your makeup from slipping or smudging.

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This setting spray with sun protection

Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

One of the most forgotten rules of SPF? reapplication. And when you’re out in the sun, your SPF 30 moisturizer you put on at 9am doesn’t last until the afternoon. That’s where this fixing spray comes in, which won’t just Set your makeup so it doesn’t move an inch, but also give yourself a regular top-up of your SPF without undoing all your hard work.

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This oil-free primer with SPF

Lancôme UV Expert Aquagel Foundation & Moisturizing Cream SPF 50

If you’re not already using a primer in your makeup routine, now is a good time to get one with SPF, like this moisturizing SPF 50 primer. It rises white but dries completely transparent, and it is oil free. So if you’re looking for a sunscreen for oily skin (hi, me), this isn’t going to make you super shiny.

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This fixing spray for UVA and UVB protection

Milani Make it Last Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

A good setting spray is crucial if you want your makeup to last for hours (and frankly, when not?). Spray on this SPF 30 as the final layer in your makeup look for another layer of protection. It also protects against both UVA and UVB rays (the rays that can cause cancer-causing sunburn and premature signs of aging).

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This CC Cream with sun protection

It Cosmetics Your Skin Buter CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

A CC cream that neutralizes redness, helps to even out hyperpigmentation and scars, and lasts all damn day? Yes, please. This CC cream is also packed with SPF 50 to protect your skin from sun damage and burns, but make sure you still layer it over your favorite sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to be a Gold Star skin student.

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This tinted BB Cream with sun protection

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

If an SPF foundation feels too heavy for your liking, but your tinted moisturizer doesn’t give you enough coverage, you have to try this SPF 30 BB cream. The tinted formula gives your skin a medium-coverage tint at the same time helps smooth the look fine lines and pores.

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This face powder with sun protection

ColorScience Brush-On sun protection mineral powder for sensitive skin

K, so a powder with SPF 50 doesn’t give you nearly as much coverage as regular sunscreen (since you can’t see exactly how much coverage you’re getting and don’t use nearly enough to get full protection). But a mattifying sun protection powder like this one from ColorScience helps Top up your sun protection factor all day without spoiling your makeupwhile also absorbing excess oils from your moisturizer or sunscreen underneath.

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This tinted lip balm with SPF

MDSolarSciences Hydrating Sheer Lip Balm SPF 30

Sure, your years-old SPF lip balm living in your car’s cup holder will work in one prize, but where’s the color and fun? Answer: In this SPF 30 tinted lip balm. It not only leaves a touch of color on the lipsbut also keeps them moisturized and soft Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter.

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