How To Reapply Sunscreen Without Ruining Your Makeup

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Here you are preparing yourself to start your day, applying your basic skincare products, putting on that makeup and just as you finish winging that eyeliner, you can’t shake the feeling that you might have forgotten something. Ahh, your sunscreen! The agony is real! After all that layers of makeup on and you forgot one of the most important steps in taking care of your skin. Don’t worry we’ve all been there too many times (trust me, I know!).

Thankfully, you don’t have to ruin your cosmetic masterpiece in order to shield your face with sunscreen. We’re giving you tips on what you can do to apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day with your makeup on.


1. First Base

Okay first and foremost. You honestly have got to remember to put slather some SPF before you put your makeup on. It’s important, nay, crucial to apply it preferably after you’ve moisturised. Leaving it out is a no no! It’ll act as the first layer of protection from premature ageing to prevent the appearance of sun spots and fine lines.

Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector
For Face, Broad Spectrum SPF 42, RM

SKII Whitening Source Derm-Definition UV Lotion (SPF50) PA++, RM274

Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer SPF 15, RM143


2. Two-In-One

To make your life easier, use base coverage with SPF in it. Products like BB or CC creams are great as it’s lightweight and usually, contains SPF [50]. But if you’re looking for one that offers a more fuller coverage, go and grab those Cushion Compact foundation. They’re highly formulated with SPF to give you a flawless coverage whilst protecting your skin from UV rays.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+, RM170

Double Wear Cushion BB - All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 / PA+++ (Refill), RM135


3. Mist-ify

Thank God for spray sunscreens! Not only will it keep our hands clean, it makes it easier to apply without smudging your makeup. Other than that, there are also setting mist or facial mist that have built-in sun protection. The mists will actually help to keep your makeup intact. Although it helps to add an extra layer of skin protection because it’s applied onto your makeup it needs to be reapplied every two to three hours throughout the day.  

Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, RM125

Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi Rejuvenating Emulsion Broad Spectrum Spf 25, RM272

4. Powder Power

If you don’t want to smudge your makeup, you can try brushing on those SPF for touch ups. Not only will it keeps your facial oil at bay leaving you shine free, it helps to retouch your base with its lightweight formula and give you that much-needed sun shield. Reapplication is recommended for maximum protection. You can also use compact powders. Gently pat a thin layer on the skin and you’re done!

Silkygirl Magic BB All-In-One Powder Foundation SPF30/PA+++, RM19.90

Physician's Formula, Inc., Mineral Wear, Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Loose Powder, SPF 30, RM55.87

5. Lip Lock

This is also something we neglect doing. After you’ve had your brunch, lunch or dinner, your lipstick has probably faded away. Don’t reapply your lipsticks just yet. It’s always a good idea to remove the leftover layer first for a smoother lip appearance. Apply your lip balm, with SPF of course, to lock in the moisture and followed by a reapplication of your favourite lip colour.

Sebamed Lip Defense Triple Protection SPF 30, RM14.30

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, RM105




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