Our Fave Sunscreens That Wear FLAWLESSLY Under Makeup

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The sun’s a-blazin’, so it’s time to get serious about your sun protection. PSA: this doesn’t mean you should only wear SPF in the summer months, you should be wearing it all year round. However, it’s even more crucial during summer when you’re spending more time in the sun and the sun is at its strongest. It’s important to find a formula that you love to use, wears well under makeup and keeps your skin happy and balanced.

You might also want to consider a separate formula that you can use to reapply throughout the day, like a spray or powder that can be applied on top of makeup. Check out some of our fave on-top-of-makeup SPFs here.

We’ve tried and squeezed out every last drop from these UV ray-fighting tubes (we take our SPF seriously), and today we’re sharing these bomb skin-protecting formulas that look SO GOOD under makeup. Get ready to shop and stock up on these insane SPFs time and time again… We know we will.

1. Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++, $30

1-Biossance-Squalane+Zinc-Sheer-Mineral-SunscreenSource: Biossance

SPF: 30
Type: Mineral
The deets: 50 ml

Prepare to meet your sunscreen soulmate – a vegan SPF that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays with a barely-there feel and an invisible finish. This is’t like all the other thick mineral sunscreens you’ve tried before, it legit feels like a refreshing moisturizer. Besides wearing well under makeup, she soothes and hydrates skin with water lily and squalane. Or in other words, she keeps your skin cool, calm, and protected.

2. Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++, $68

2-Murad-Essential-C-Day-Moisture-Broad-SpectrumSource: Murad

SPF: 30
Type: Chemical
The deets: 50 ml

Calling all glow-getters to the floor – this broad-spectrum SPF is infused with powerful ingredients that shield and brighten your complexion. Vitamin C, ginkgo biloba leaf extracts, and Murad’s patented skin repair system work together to renew and protect your skin’s moisture barrier. Slot it into your daytime routine (before makeup) for the ultimate glowy skin finish. We love how lightweight and invisible this formula is, and that it wears beautifully under makeup.

3. COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++, $16

3-COSRX-Aloe-Soothing-Sun-Cream-SPF50Source: COSRX

SPF: 50
Type: Mineral and chemical
The deets: 50 ml

COSRX created a winning SPF with a moisturizer-like feel and boy are we invested. Infused with aloe arborescens leaf extract, this sunblock quickly absorbs to soothe and moisturize your skin, leaving no white cast and a dewy glow. Apply two fingers’ worth over your face and slip it into your tote bag when all’s sun and dusted.

And as a helpful reminder, remember that you need to apply two fingers’ worth of sunscreen to get the SPF coverage that’s indicated. Check it out:

4. Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum SPF 50+, $47

4-Ultra-Violette-Queen-Screen-SPF50+Luminising-SerumSource: Ultra Violette

SPF: 50+
Type: Chemical
The deets: 50 ml

This serum is the entire SPF package. It delivers a goddess-worthy, dewy glow, protects from the full spectrum of solar rays, AND smells like roses. Antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum and vitamin C form a shield against free radicals while dragosine safeguards your skin from the blue light emmited from your devices. The lightweight formula is more liquid than cream, melts into skin and blends in effortlessly. Use at least three full droppers of product to get enough coverage for your face.

5. EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 Face Sunscreen, $27

6-EltaMD-UV-Shield-Broad-Spectrum-SPF45-Face-SunscreenSource: EltaMD

SPF: 45
Type: Mineral
The deets: 85 g

A derm-approved SPF? Sign us up! EltaMD’s oil-free sunblock uses zinc oxide and vitamin E to keep your skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays and aging free radicals. We love that it wears well under makeup and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin.

7. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Invisible SPF50+ Face Mist, $20

7-La-Roche-Posay-Anthelios-Anti-Shine-Sun-Protection-Invisible-Spf50Source: La Roche-Posay

SPF: 50+
Type: Chemical
The deets: 75 ml

This mattifying mist makes it SO easy to reapply SPF for anyone booked, busy, and forever on the go. Spritz thoroughly for a shield of oil-absorbing ‘airlicium,’ which is used by famous aeronautic experts to form a supple, breathable film over the skin that smooths skin texture. How insane? This also means it sits well over makeup. #MattifiedAndProtected.

8. Ultra Violette Lean Screen Mineral Mattifying Fragrance Free Skinscreen SPF50, $47

5-Ultra-Violette-Lean-Screen-Mineral-Mattifying-Fragrance-Free-Skinscreen-Spf50Source: Ultra Violette

SPF: 50
Type: Mineral
The deets: 50 ml

This formula is designed to leave a subtle matte finish and soothe any signs of inflammation, keeping sensitive, oily, and reactive skin in mind. Zinc oxide and Kakadu plum protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays while plant-derived pentavin hydrates for a plump feel. This does have a thicker consistency and a tinted formula, but rest assured it blends in well and doesn’t leave a white cast once fully blended. It also wears really well under makeup while the zinc keeps skin looking shine-free through the day.

9. Kate Somerville Daily Deflector™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40  PA++++, $54

8-Kate-Somerville-Daily-Deflector-Mineral-SunscreenSource: Kate Somerville

SPF: 40
Type: Mineral
The deets: 50 ml

Kate Somerville wants to protect skin from premature signs of aging that could be caused by the blue light emitted from computer screens. Their water-resistant SPF deflects UV rays and blue light, offering the daily broad-spectrum protection all office and WFH hunnies need. It also contains ceramides and vitamin E to nourish and hydrate for a healthy skin finish. And yes, this wears well under makeup, too!

10. THANK YOU FARMER Sun Project Water Sun Cream, $23

9-THANK-YOU-FARMER-Sun-Project-Water-Sun-Cream-SPF50Source: THANK YOU FARMER

SPF: 50
Type: Mineral and chemical
The deets: 50 ml

This UV-ray fighting Korean SPF deserves a permanent spot on your vanity because it combats free radicals and UVA rays with both chemical and mineral ingredients. Alongside SPF protection, African walnut oil, Inca omega oil, and bamboo extracts nourish and hydrate your skin. It’s also infused with aloe leaf extract, hollyhock root, and anti-inflammatory phyto-oligo that soothe your skin’s barrier – without any stickiness or white cast BTW. The formula is beautifully lightweight and blends in effortlessly.

11. Kinship Self Reflect Sport SPF 60, $28

10-Kinship-Self-Reflect-Sport-SPF60-Triple-Ceramide-Moisturizing-SunscreenSource: Kinship

SPF: 60
Type: Mineral
The deets: 50 ml

If you’re on the dry side, get a double dose of hydration with Kinship’s mineral SPF 60. Its mega-moisturizing formula contains three types of plant-based lipids that strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier for a bouncy finish. Postbiotic acerola cherry ferment also fights free radicals while plant-based emollients replenish moisture on sunny days – your skin gets thirsty in the heat, boo!

12. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Lotion, $20

11-BLUE-LIZARD-Australian-Sunscreen-Sensitive-SPF30Source: Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

SPF: 30+
Type: Mineral
The deets: 148 ml

When we first kicked off our SPF journey, phone reminders helped us to reapply our sunblock every four hours. But Blue Lizard’s Smart Bottle Technology does it for you! The bottle turns a deep blue when in contact with harmful UV rays, so you never forget to SPF up! As for the formula, it’s packed with high-quality natural minerals, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide for every day (and all-over-body) factor 30 protection.

13. Aveeno Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen Face Lotion – SPF 60, $9