It would be great if we could apply sunscreen in the morning and forget all about it for the rest of the day. But, as we know, that’s not possible. After a while, sunscreen ingredients get all used up and lose their effectiveness, while sweat and water remove them from our skin leaving us unprotected.
So, we have to reapply it. That’s easy if you’re going barefaced, but what if you’ve spent time applying a full face of makeup? How do you put sunscreen on again without messing with it and ruining it? Here’s what I do:
On indoor days
I’m an indoor kinda gal, and, on most days, I don’t really spend that much time outside. Only from a few minutes to an hour or so while I walk to my car, drive around the town or run errands. Indoors, too, I try to stay away from windows, which let UVA pass through them. This means that my sunscreen doesn’t really have the time to become ineffective, nor do I sweat enough to melt it away. So, on these days, I don’t reapply it.
On burning hot summer days
If you’re spending a few hours outdoors on burning hot summer days, reapplying sunscreen is a must. So, I just keep my makeup to a minimum. First, I apply my sunscreen. If you use a chemical one, you should apply this even before moisturizer as its ingredients need to be in contact with the skin to get activated. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, which act like shields, work from the moment you apply them, so it doesn’t really matter when you slather them on (as long as you do so before leaving the house, of course).
Now, for the makeup. I skip the foundation, and just dab on concealer on my under-eye circles and blemishes, and a stain or cream blush on my cheeks. If my skintone is uneven, then I’ll also apply a tinted moisturizer or a very lightweight liquid foundation. That way, when I need to reapply sunscreen two hours later, I can do so easily.
You could wear more makeup, but I don’t see the point. It’ll just melt away together with your sunscreen. Whatever you do, though, don’t apply any powder products (apart from maybe a thin layer of powder to set your makeup if you need to), because reapplying sunscreen on top of it would just create an ugly, patchy mess.
On warm and sunny days
If the sun is out but doesn’t burn too hot, and you’d like to spend a few hours outside, do a simple makeup look. After slathering on sunscreen, I apply a thin layer of lightweight foundation, dab on concealer and apply a cream blush. A couple of hours later, I gently reapply sunscreen by using quick and circular motions that won’t mess with my makeup.
Although chemical sunscreens are easier to apply over makeup, these need to be applied on bare skin to be effective. So, you have two choices. You can remove your makeup, reapply sunscreen and redo your makeup. Or you can apply a physical sunscreen on top of your makeup. This is what I do.
However, physical sunscreens often have a thick texture and leave an unattractive white cast on the skin that makes makeup reapplication a bigger pain than it already is. The key is to find a lightweight one that either applies clear or is tinted, such as Sunumbra SPF40 Sunkids (which can be used by adults, too, of course).
How do you reapply your sunscreen when you’re wearing makeup?