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Five of the best makeup-friendly sunscreens

Clever facial sun protectors that you’ll love to use (and wear)

As we’ve previously reported, wearing a face covering or mask comes with its own set of beauty challenges, especially in the summer months.

While only half of your face is on show, it’s still important to protect exposed skin against UV radiation—on particularly hot days the suns’ UV index can reach ‘high’ status, even in the UK.

So to make life easier, we’ve hunted down the best powder, spray and mist sunscreens that will provide quick and easy application when and where you need it.

ZO Sunscreen + Powder
New from ZO and designed to be applied over makeup throughout the day, Sunscreen + Powder broad spectrum SPF30 includes exclusive antioxidant technology to deliver superior skin defence and colour pigments for buildable coverage. Available in three universal shades: light, medium and deep, the densely packed, ultra soft bristles provide a seamless application of powder without shedding or fraying.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Anti Shine Mist
This exceptionally high protection sunscreen mist is as light and fresh as water—it’s ideal for oily and blemish-prone skin prone to sensitivity, sun intolerance or prickly heat. The highly moisturising spray is easy to apply, quickly absorbed and leaves no residual white marks. With a water resistant formula, it can be worn under or on top of makeup and re-applied throughout the day.  

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Protecting and Hydrating Face Mist SPF50
This light, easy to apply mist includes advanced photostable UVA + UVB and infrared protection, while the antioxidant complex guards against free radicals and pollution, potentially leading to skin damage and premature ageing. The transparent mist is ideal for darker skin tones as it doesn’t leave a white cast.

Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush On Shield SPF50
Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and available in four shades including fair, medium, tan and deep, this nifty brush on mineral sunscreen provides total on-the-go protection alone or over makeup. It features a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a UVA protection rating of PA++++ and UVA protection rating of SPF50; it’s also water resistant (80 minutes).  

Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
This fine misting SPF50 broad spectrum sunscreen instantly sets makeup, reduces shine and gives a matte finish for a soft focus effect that blurs lines and wrinkles. Ingredients include light diffusing silicone powder, hyaluronic acid which increases hydration, and lavender essential oil as a fragrance.