Reader Question: How Do I Reapply Sunscreen Over My Makeup?

Hi Jamie!

It’s been SO HOT OUTSIDE here in NYC and I’ve been struggling cause when I’ve been hanging out I realize I need to reapply my sunscreen but I’ve already spent a good hour making sure it doesn’t melt off of my face, LOL. Any advice?

Thank youuu.


Hi M!

This is a great question and, like you said, very timely for summer.  So, here are your best options for reapplying sunscreen over makeup.

Oh, and a note for everyone reading: Don’t forget that you should always apply SPF to your face before you apply makeup, too. 😉



3 Ways to Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup

1// A makeup setting powder with SPF

Makeup setting powders are great for when it’s hot out, so why not use one that has built in SPF?

My pick: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 25 

This version from bareMinerals is completely sheer so it won’t mess with your foundation shade, etc.

2// Powdered Sunscreen

I’ve been raving about how much I love mineral powder SPF for years, and especially this one – it’s great for on-the-go (I keep one in my car since it’s powder and won’t degrade), and it’s also good for your scalp!

My pick: ColoreScience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Like I said, I’ve used/loved this product for years and they recently improved the formula by adding hyaluronic acid for hydration, as well as proprietary formulas to help with antioxidant and pollution defense.  I seriously LOVE this stuff.

3// Makeup setting spray with SPF

Similar to the makeup setting powder, this is just in spray form!

My pick: Supergoop (Re) Setting Refreshing Mist SPF 40

This spray SPF is formulated for this exact purpose, which I love.  It’s got a matte finish and the subtle hint of rosemary and mint, which also I love.



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