Best Sunscreens For Under Makeup

best sunscreens for face

I always advocate that wearing sunscreen is non-negotiable. Sun protection is key to achieving and maintaining healthy skin and a radiant complexion. It also prevents sun damage and the inflammation it can cause which can lead to long-term skin concerns from pigmentation to dark spots. Offering good UVA and UVB protection, these are my current favourite daily facial sunscreens. They all work well under makeup too and offer additional skin protection from urban pollution.

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best daily facial sunscreens under makeup

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF50*

This new sunscreen launch is formulated to feel like a luxe day cream with skin beneficial ingredients to match. It has fragmented hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate, niacinamide to brighten and PHE-Resorcinol which is an enzyme inhibitor to reduce pigmentation. It rubs into the skin seamlessly and is designed to not only prevent but correct sun damage. The only thing they could do to improve this is offer it in a tinted version too!

Clarins UV Plus Multi-protection Moisturising Screen*

Daily protection against sun damage now comes hand in hand with pollution and blue light protection. This Clarins sunscreen offers it all in a lightweight and moisturising gel cream formulation that quickly sinks into the skin. Brilliantly innovative and makes for a brilliant makeup primer too delivering a fresh, rosy glow. 

Dr Dennis Gross Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30*

Another daily sunscreen that offers skincare benefits to seamlessly slot into your skincare regime. A super lightweight, hydrating and antioxidant rich formulation designed to suit all skin tones meaning no white cast is left behind. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, this is an oil-free and fragrance-free sunscreen that also delivers pollution and blue light protection. 

Lancaster Sun Sensitive Oil-Free Milky Fluid SPF50*

Another lightweight sunscreen that seamlessly sinks into the skin without leaving a white cast or greasy residue. It has a fresh, milky texture that soothes and hydrates – perfect for more sensitive skins. It also includes their own natural Tan Activator Complex so you can safely develop a lasting luminous complexion. 

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Aquagel SPF30*

Another brilliant new sunscreen from La Roche-Posay. It’s a super lightweight gel texture that’s perfect for reactive, inflamed, oily or breakout prone skin. It feels so fresh and light on the skin and leaves more of a matte skin finish.

Garnier Sensitive Advanced UV protection mist SPF50*

Garnier has created some of the best budget sunscreens out there. This incredibly lightweight mist offers non-greasy, refreshing and hydrating sun protection with no white cast. Perfect under makeup but can also work well as a makeup refresher and to top-up your sunscreen throughout the day.

best daily facial sunscreens under makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Invisible UV Poreless Primer SPF50*

A brilliant new sunscreen from Tilbury that doubles as a smoothing and radiant boosting primer over pores and fine lines. Can be worn alone or under makeup to supercharge the lasting power of your foundation. 

Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF50*

For pool-side days or if you sweat a lot – this is a great water resistant and lightweight formula that doesn’t feel oily or look chalky on the skin. A refreshing gel lotion that glides seamlessly on the skin and is boosted with skin protecting sunflower extract, rosemary and rice antioxidants. 

Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50+*

A sunscreen that feels like really luxe skincare with its lightweight cream formulation that leaves a fresh satin finish on the skin. Supercharged with skin caring ingredients like vitamin C rich kakadu plum and dragosine peptide you get hydrated skin with a layer of protection against sun, blue light and other skin polluting environmental stressors. 

Hello Sunday Sun Primer SPF50*

The new sun care brand on the block. This SPF has an interesting texture – like jelly but it sinks in immediately. A super lightweight feel that sits really well under makeup as its an SPF designed to be layered like a primer. 

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Mineral Sunscreen SPF30*

What I love about this mineral sunscreen is it’s formulated for more sensitive skins. You get sun and blue light protection in a formulation designed to hydrate, reduce redness and restore skin strength. A great sunscreen daily sunscreen to have on hand. 

Looking for more sunscreen favourites? Check out my edit of noteworthy sunscreens for the body and lightweight suncreens for your hands.