We’re all wearing SPF on our faces every day (aren’t we?), and have even found tinted SPFs that work as gorgeous bases for makeup. The final hurdle when it comes to SPF is reapplying it on top of your makeup, because applying SPF to your face once in the morning isn’t enough. “If you’re continuously in the sun make sure you’re reapplying your SPF every three to four hours,” says Dr Hiba Injibar, consultant dermatologist and founder of Dermasurge, Harley Street.
Ideally, SPF should go directly onto our skin, Dr Hiba tells, but when you’ve painstakingly applied foundation, bronzer and highlighter, removing it all to reapply SPF several times a day just isn’t going to happen.
So how can we reapply SPF on top of our makeup?
First of all, make sure that your first sunscreen first application, pre-makeup, is thorough. Use a teaspoon worth of SPF and it can’t hurt to follow with primer and foundation with SPF in too.
“When it comes to adding SPF throughout the day over makeup, use an SPF compact or a brush on powder sunblock as it’s easier to get an even application of the product onto the skin,” says Bobbi Brown senior pro artist Warren Dowdall. “Mists and sprays are another options, though they can be a little more challenging for an even application especially if you’re on the go so you can end up with patchier protection if you’re not careful”
The makeup you’re wearing can make a difference to how easy it is to apply SPF top-ups, Wayne tells us. “You have more flexibility with a liquid foundation as you can choose an SPF compact, powder SPF or mist. If you’re using a powder foundation, a powder SPF will be the best option as liquid compacts or sprays could disturb your base. The reality of a thorough SPF reapplication means that it’s unavoidable that you may have to reapply your blush and highlighter, but what’s an extra minute to touch up when you’re prioritising the health of your skin?”