SPF You Can Wear With Your Wedding Makeup

Summer sunshine means one thing in wedding world: outdoor wedding season.

Whether it’s in a garden, by the ocean or in the middle of a rustic field, outdoor weddings are majorly popular in Australia.

But any skin smart bride will know the importance of protecting her skin while she spends the day outside saying her vows. Particularly because brides-to-be often increase their use of active ingredients or in-clinic treatments in the lead up to their weddings, skin is more sensitive to the sun. It needs to be protected not only for the long-term damage that can be done but also because sun-sensitive skin can go red faster which is not what you want to be looking back on in your wedding album.

Of course, finding a sunscreen to wear under makeup on a regular day isn’t easy, let alone the one day you want to look absolutely flawless.

You’ll need something that’s long-lasting, won’t cause excessive shine or a white cast in photos and it can’t interfere with your makeup. The last thing you want is your foundation sliding around just hours after application.

While there are plenty of great foundations and moisturisers with SPF, even your favourite 50+ is not enough because you simply won’t be applying enough product to get the required protection. Approximately one teaspoon of sunscreen is recommended to cover the entire face, ears and neck. That’s a lot of moisturiser or foundation you’d need to use to get the sun protection benefits.

Luckily, there are some top-notch sunscreens that are tried, tested and loved and you can feel safe wearing them under your makeup even on your wedding day without any worries. Here’s our favourites…

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 30

Colorescience have a range of SPF make-up products that you’d have to be a scientist to spot that there’s actually SPF in them. Even then I doubt you’d be able to notice the difference between them and your regular makeup products. Pressed Foundation SPF 20 is a mineral sun-protection powder that has a host of antioxidant and soothing benefits. It’s great for touching up your wedding day makeup with a boost of SPF but it’s the Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 30 that you should be starting your makeup with. It’s a broad-spectrum mineral formula that acts as both a moisturiser and primer on your skin. I’ve tested every which way possible and it has never let me down on finish or the staying power of my makeup.

Aspect Sun Hydrating Face SPF 50+

Aspect Sun should be the next brand on your wish list. As a cosmeceutical brand, all of their formulas are high-performing and elegant but their sunscreens are next level good. The Hydrating Face SPF 50+ is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It contains antioxidants to help fight free radical damage but it’s the addition of hydrating ingredients and smoothing silica that make this sunscreen great for under makeup. It leaves no white cast, doesn’t look oily and provides a good base for both powder and liquid coverage.

Ultraviolette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Luminising Sun Serum

Ultraviolette popped up on the sunscreen scene and completely changed what we can expect from our SPF BFFs. They dub their products as ‘skinscreen’ for their ability to become one with your skincare routine and happily join your makeup look without all of the annoying side effects regular sunscreen is known for. Their hero product, Queen Screen, is a lightweight, serum like formula that instantly sinks into your skin. With four formulas to choose from including hydrating, mattifying and lightweight formulas and both mineral and chemical sunscreen options, there’s likely to be one to suit your skin type.

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+

La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid foundation is an award winner and absolute sunscreen star however it’s the Anti-Shine option in the range that makes for a great long-wear option. Particularly if your skin is on the oily side, this sunscreen will help to mattify your base, prevent shine throughout the day and help your makeup look to stay in place. It’s also a beautiful texture that you would not suspect gives you 50+ protection.


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