This Pore-Perfecting Sunscreen Is Better Than Any Primer I've Used
It's the age-old warm-weather beauty dilemma that no one should have to contemplate: Do I skip sun protection in the name of lasting makeup, or do I slather on SPF only to have my face slide off by 1 p.m.?
The real answer: neither. With such a vast array of makeup-friendly SPF formulas (or better yet, makeup with protection built right in), saving face in the dead heat of summer has never been easier—and you officially have zero excuses to skimp on sunscreen. But which products outperform the rest? Keep reading to see our tried-and-true favorites, from sunscreen-foundation hybrids to makeup-setting sprays.
To ensure that a full face of makeup stays put—even when exposed to July heat and humidity—it's all about that base. Swipe on one of these SPF formulas before anything else.
Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream ($33)
What doesn't this cream do? Aside from moisturizing all day and offering ample sun protection, it was specifically formulated to provide a barrier against grime and air pollution, too. All that, and it leaves behind a luminescent (but never greasy!) finish that's perfectly on trend.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer ($40)
Thanks to a glowing seal of approval from Consumer Reports, we know that we can't do much better in the way of protection than La Roche-Posay's Anthelios line. Superficially, it delivers too: This primer is ultra-lightweight and offers a slight tint for bonus coverage. Which brings us to our next category…
Make your foundation work overtime by choosing a product with built-in protection—oh, and since it's summer, let's make sure it's lightweight and shine-proof, too.
Ilia Radiant Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($42)
Thanks to soothing, antioxidant-filled ingredients like rosehip and coconut oil, this beauty balm improves and corrects your skin at the source in addition to providing coverage, rather than one or the other. Plus, rose petals, lavender, and aloe vera help fight existing inflammation. Make it your go-to during the work week or on shadier days.
Setting powders with an extra dose of protection? An SPF balm that doubles as a highlighter? This is where things take a turn for the innovative.
Peter Thomas Roth Radiant Instant Mineral Brush-On Bronzer Sunscreen SPF 30 ($35)
No one has to know that you're faking your glow while (safely) basking in the rays of the real deal. Psst: Brush it on your shoulders and décolletage for an extra-pretty sunkissed effect.
Want to take your sun protection to the next level? Read up on the most innovative SPF products on the market, from a UV-monitoring patch to a thermal hair mist.
This post was originally published on June 9, 2016.