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How to Reapply SPF with a Full Face of Makeup

How to Reapply SPF with a Full Face of Makeup
Natalie Rosselli
Writer and expert2 years ago
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We all know how important putting on our SPF is at the start of everyday, but reapplication is the real key to effective sun protection. Ideally, you should be reapplying your SPF every two hours—every 80 minutes if you’re swimming or spending your entire day outdoors. If you’re spending most of your time inside, you may be able to go longer in between reapplications, but be sure to be mindful of how often you’re stepping outside and for how long. 

It’s easy to apply SPF at the start of the day, at the tail end of your skin care routine, and it’s easy to reapply if you’ve decided on a no makeup day but knowing how to reapply when you’re wearing a full face of makeup can be tricky, especially when all you have are lotion and stick SPF formulations. To keep things easy, we recommend investing in SPF mists and powders when it comes to reapplication.  


ChantecailleSeascreen Spray SPF 30

This chemical-free and reef-safe formula is infused with botanicals that soothe and care for your skin such as sunflower seed oil and rosemary leaf oil, as well as non-nano minerals that help protect against the sun’s harmful rays.  

MDSolarSciences Quick Dry Body Spray

This SPF is lightweight, non-greasy and fast drying, making it the perfect spray to layer over your makeup. It’s formulated with vitamin C and Indian Gooseberry to help fight against sun damage and free radicals.

EltaMd UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

This oil-free and water-resistant SPF uses transparent zinc oxide to help shield skin from harmful sun damage.  


ColorescienceSunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

This mineral sunscreen is formulated with hyaluronic acid powder for added hydration and zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to help provide physical, non-chemical sun protection. Mica catches and reflects the light, highlighting your natural radiance while this brush on SPF helps protect against UVA/UVB, pollution, blue light and infrared radiation.  

Colorescience Natural Finish Pressed Foundation SPF 20

This lightweight and hydrating formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and provides effortless sun protection without leaving your skin feeling cakey.  

Avène High Protection Tinted SPF 50+ Compact

This powder is a 100% mineral sunscreen that’s lightweight with a subtle tint. It adapts to your original skin tone, evening and mattifying your complexion while helping to deliver broad spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays.  

ARCONA Nearly Invisible SPF 30 Dry Mineral Powder

This finely milled face powder helps protect your skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays with almost invisible coverage that doesn’t clog your pores. Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and vitamin A and E deliver effective antioxidant protection and you’re left with a light-diffusing effect to blur the appearance of any imperfections. 

Natalie Rosselli
Writer and expert
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