10 Of The Best Sunscreens To Layer Under Makeup

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10 Of The Best Sunscreens To Layer Under Makeup

With the ever-thinning hole in the ozone layer directly above Australia, a daily sunscreen is non-negotiable. We know we need to be wearing one, but finding a sunscreen that plays well with your makeup is no mean feat. Some formulas are too greasy and your foundation slides right off, while others give your face a white cast that no amount of bronzer can undo. 

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite foundation-friendly sunscreens that work a treat under makeup. 

The Kind Sunscreen

Made right here in Australia, The Kind Sunscreen uses nine certified organic and sustainably sourced ingredients to effectively shield all skin types from the sun. Whether you’re allergic to synthetic chemicals, are breastfeeding or have sensitive skin, this gentle formula will keep your skin protected without triggering irritations.

$29, The Kind Sunscreen

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser 50+

This three-in-one formula acts as a primer, moisturiser and an SPF 50+. While other sunscreens might leave behind a greasy finish or traces of white, Alpha-H’s formula brings nothing but hydration, nourishment and protection. 

“This is such a great moisturiser!! The product is light weight on the skin but provides a great amount of hydration. I love the amount of SPF as I feel it really protects my skin both outside and in the office.” – Deeknight

Want to know more? Read Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser 50+ reviews here…

$50.69, Adore Beauty

Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+

A favourite of skin care expert Caroline Hirons, this breathable, satin-finish SPF works seamlessly as your first post-skin care and pre-foundation step.

$49, Sephora

esmi Skin Minerals Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

If your skin is prone to dryness, irritation or is just having one of those days, try introducing the esmi skin Minerals green tea, cucumber and rosehip extract-enriched SPF. The soothing antioxidants combined with the hyaluronic acid will replenish thirsty skin, resulting in a healthy and hydrated base for makeup application.

Have you tried the esmi Skin Minerals Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30? Leave a review and let us know what you thought

$45, Sephora

Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream

Designed with the outdoorsy type in mind, this sunscreen is perfect for the hikers, beach go-ers or anyone else who spends a lot of time in the sun.

Containing complete UVA/UVB protection, the Ultraceuticals SPF is 4 hours water resistant and suitable for all skin types. 

“It’s ideal if someone is allergic to sunscreen though and offers the highest possible protection.” – kaylahoulihan

Want to know more? Read Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream reviews here..

$55, Ultraceuticals

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion SPF50+

Combining high sun protection with a hydrating formula, this silky SPF will leave your skin with a beautiful glow (and no greasy shine). Plus, the oil-free formula is fast absorbing, so you won’t have to wait around for it to dry before you can start your makeup.

“I use it all the time. Smells amazing and doesn’t leave skin feeling all clogged up and greasy after using it. I apply it first and apply make up on top if i am wearing makeup that day.” – mserin23

Want to know more? Read Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion SPF50+ reviews here..

$16, Woolworths

endota spa New Age Daily Defence Cream SPF50+ Sunscreen

Not just a sunscreen, endota spa’s formula uses vitamin E to comfort and hydrate skin that has been exposed to environmental aggressors (AKA, everyones). 

Have you tried the endota spa New Age Daily Defence Cream SPF50? Leave a review and let us know what you thought…

$80, Endota Spa

Cancer Council Anti-Pollution Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+

For a little bit more than just sun protection, Cancer Council’s SPF is formulated with unicontrozon to prevent age aggressors and hydroviton to hydrate and plump skin.

“It is easy to apply and slides across my face. Also like the fact that the ingredient list is minimal, which is good for my sensitive skin. Overall, it’s a good, affordable sunscreen and I definitely recommend it!” – Em89

Want to know more? Read Cancer Council UV-IQ Anti-Pollution Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ reviews here..

$13.49, Chemist Warehouse

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ 

Ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, La Roche-Posay’s SPF has a lightweight and mattifying texture. Non-greasy and non-comedogenic, the formula gives an invisible finish that works as the perfect base for foundation.

“I adore this sunscreen. It absorbs into the skin well and looks great under my foundation. It doesn’t pill or sting my eyes at all. I’d highly recommend it to anyone with oily skin looking for an everyday SPF.” – alicia_e

Want to know more? Read La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ reviews here..

$31.95, Adore Beauty

Eau Thermale Avène Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+

A sensitive skin saviour, this non-greasy, matte formula offers high sun protection without irritation. Plus, it soaks up any unwanted oil or shine. 

“If make-up needs to be worn over the top, then that isn’t a problem – I have just worn a mineral powder foundation as it works superbly over the top of this.” – clearcrystalwater

Want to know more? Read Eau Thermale Avène Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+ reviews here…

$28.99, Adore Beauty

Main image credit: @mandymadd

Have you found the perfect SPF for to layer under your foundation?

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  1. No such a thing as a perfect sunscreen, they are made to be annoying haha. Avene one makes skin go grey, LRP bitter if left too long on (longer than 2-3 hours), AlphaH burns eyes like nothing I’ve ever used in my life etc. Well still searching.

  2. Olay complete defence for sensitive skin, a moisturiser with built in SPF. Would wear this out in the sun all day on holiday overseas and never get burnt. Good to use with or without foundation.

  3. The only one of the above that I will use is the Avene Sunscreen Emulsion. I refuse to pay $50 or more for sunscreen which is why I have defected to using only South Korean or Japanese suncreens as their formulas (post purito controversy) are always superior and feel beautiful on the skin. They are also usually under $20.

  4. My go-to is Nivea SPF. I have tried La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ which I like (except the $$$). I do have a tube of Skin O2 SPF 50+ which I use on road trips.

  5. Gosh, just trying Dr Roesbuck’s reef spf50 sunscreen, Zn based, mineral only. Love! Not making me white, not oily, dry on touch, and best part: I use it over the eye area too! And it is faaab! No burn, not heavy , just superb!

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