FACE | Base makeup with SPF protection


Last week I talked about decent stand-alone sunscreens, but I know some people aren’t committed enough to add that extra step to their routine. If that’s you, you should probably find a way to start caring more. It’s really important to wear sunscreen! If you need instant gratification, think of how terrible it is when you’re sunburned. If that’s not a big deal to you, think about the possibility of getting skin cancer. If that seems unlikely, think about whether you’d rather look 65 when you’re 50, or 50 when you’re 65. Sun damage ages your skin terribly!

If you still don’t care enough to wear sunscreen separately, here are a few of my favourite face base products with decent SPF. Makeup with SPF might put you off, but it’s seriously easy to find and easy to wear.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation SPF 20, NZ $34
This is a fairly standard lightweight, medium coverage foundation that has been hailed as a dupe for NARS Sheer Glow and Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundations, variably. What it has over those two is the SPF 20, although with all of the bases in this post it’s fair to assume you won’t be using enough of them to get the full labelled SPF protection. It’s not the best on my oily skin as it leaves me a bit shiny after a few hours, but it’s readily available and comes in a huge range of colours, so it’s worth a look.

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme SPF 10, lots of NZ dollars/ US $45
This BB cream doesn’t really belong in this post, but I wanted to include it as a warning. BB creams are traditionally supposed to give sun protection as well as being tinted, moisturising and anti-aging. This one has SPF 10 so it’s really not worth treating as a sunscreeny product at all. That being said, I love it to bits on lower coverage days. It has a thickish consistency but buffs out to a sheer coverage that simultaneously covers my redness and spots. If it had a higher SPF rating I would name it my product of the year, but I kinda see SPF 10 as being pointless. Why bother including any?

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation SPF 18/20, NZ $46
I think I must have an international market version of this foundation, as mine is SPF 20, but the one you can buy in retail here is SPF 18. Either way, it’s better than Dior’s SPF 10. It gives ‘flawless skin as if lit-from-within’, allegedly, and while the literal manifestation of that idea would be terrifying, this is definitely a glowy foundation. It wears fine on oily skin, which is unusual in highlighting products, and I wouldn’t even think about wearing a powder highlighter on days I’m wearing this – it does enough on its own. The price tag is a bit preposterous in New Zealand but L’Oreal is often on special.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30, NZ $66
I haven’t worn this for a while, but when I think about why, it’s because I love it so much I don’t want to run out. It also doesn’t oxidise like some tinted moisturisers do. This probably offers the least coverage of the bunch, so it’s a good choice for summer if you’re like me and hate heavy makeup in the heat. Bonus points for SPF 30.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, US $43
You can’t get this on counter in New Zealand, which is poop because tinted moisturiser is one of the products Laura Mercier is known for, and with good reason. It comes in a massive range of shades as well as oil-free and illuminating options. I’d definitely categorise this as light coverage, but I find it pairs really well with a dusting of powder through the middle of the face. Try this if you get a chance! It’s on my face in this post.

Have you tried any of these products? More importantly, have you realised the importance of sunscreen and how easy it is to get sun protection in your makeup?

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  • I have MAC Studio Sculpt which is SPF 15 and and Clinique CC Cream which is SPF 30. I agree with you that SPF 10 and probably even 15 shouldn’t even bother. It gives people false confidence that they are being protected. I wear the Clinique one when I’m going to be out and about a little bit, and cbf applying a proper sunscreen (I don’t always practice what I preach)

    • Yep – I was out in the sun today with SPF 20 in my foundation but nothing on my body. Woops!

  • Imogen

    I’m going to check out that NARS one! I prefer a light base if any at all. I do have sunscreen (SPF 30) in my daily moisturiser though