Marie Claire South Africa by Helen Wallace
Sunscreen is important. Even the celebrities say so.
And since we live under a harsh sun AND it’s summer all year round, it’s even more important that we slather it on daily. We also know that if we are going to be spending time outdoors, applying it once in the morning is not going to keep us protected all day. Inconvenient, but true. So how do you reapply sunscreen if you are wearing make-up? Don’t wear makeup? You could do that. Or you could follow these tips so that you can look your best without feeling the burn.
1. First Things First
Before you even THINK about heading outdoors, it’s important that you put enough sunscreen on your face. This should be done after cleansing your face and before applying your make-up. Not sure how much you should be using? It might seem excessive, but it’s recommended that you spread half a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face. Then wait for it to absorb before you reach for your cosmetic bag.
2. Extra Protection
Instead of using your regular foundation, why not opt for a tinted moisturiser that contains SPF instead? This should not replace your conventional sunscreen but can be added on top of it to give you coverage, even out your skin tone and provide even more protection from the sun’s rays. Alternatively, look for more full-coverage foundations that also contain SPF.
3. The Best Formula
If you generally use powder foundation, summer is the season to make a switch to the liquid variety. This will make it easier when it comes to reapplying your sunscreen as the consistencies are the same. This means that you can reapply the sunscreen, then touch up your base and blend the two together so that the finish is even and not a hot cakey mess.
Another makeup change to make in summer that will help with sunscreen touch-ups is using a liquid blush. Because blending.
4. Spray For Days
Setting sprays – we love them. And many of them also contain SPF – bonus! This means that you can set your make-up after the first application as well as whenever you touch up throughout the day and get more protection from the elements. And in this case, less is not more, MORE is more! You can even use a high-quality sunscreen mist instead of a setting spray for that extra boost.
Enjoy the sun safely and flawlessly this summer!
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