Makeup Artist’s tips for applying makeup over SPF.



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Any medical professional or skin care enthusiast will tell you that SPF is the single most important thing you can do for maintaining skin health and avoiding premature ageing and things like sun spots and wrinkles, and I am a staunch believer that you need to apply an SPF 20 to 50 EVERY SINGLE DAY. Now as a makeup artist I totally understand that people are apprehensive about this because they find it difficult to get used to, the often, tacky feeling that some SPF’s leave or that it creates a problematic base for applying makeup. this is why today I am going to give you helpful tips that will make your makeup look great while avoiding skin cancer.

1. Choose the right formula for you.

Many SPF’s are very oily and sticky and can really make your skin not look or feel its best, this is why I would recommend using an SPF specifically formulated for oily and problematic skin. My personal favourite is the Bioderma Dry Touch range that dries into an almost matt finish. If this brand doesn’t work for you I would suggest that you talk to the people working in pharmacies and Skin Care counters about products that will suit your needs. Sometimes I forgo a moisturiser all together and opt instead for just my SPF over my serum, its all about what your skin needs.

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2. Give it a few minutes to absorb.

Like with all skincare SPF takes a few minutes to settle on the skin and lose some of the sticky feeling and shininess that can cause makeup to apply unevenly so what I like to do is to apply my SPF and get dressed and make the bed and feed the pug and to then go back to applying my makeup. Switching up your routine might make all the difference.

3. Blot away excess oil.

So you have given the SPF some time to sink in and there is still a little bit of oiliness on your nose? Reach for the trusty oil blotting sheets and simply dab in the areas that are a bit shiny. If you run out of oil blotting sheets then just grab a few coffee filters, they work great in a pinch.

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4. Use a setting powder.

If you are still a bit oily after all of the above mentioned steps just dab a bit of setting powder on the problem areas, if you have a very oily skin, it might be worth looking into a powder foundation. I am a big fan of the Smashbox Photo Filter powder foundation.

5. Reapply.

It is very important to apply SPF during the day and especially if you are having your lunch in a sunny park. I must admit the problem of having to reapply SPF over my makeup is one that has plagued me for a long time but luckily Bioderma has come out with a spray on product called Hydrabio Eau de Soin SPF 30, you can simply spray this over your face of makeup and go live your life, it really is a great product to keep in your purse. Not spons, I really really love this product.

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6. Wear a hat. 

This is not a makeup tip, rather a friendly reminder that an SPF alone will not give adequate protection when the sun is intense and that a stylish wide brim hat will be a good thing to have on hand.

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I hope this post was helpful and you got some tips to make wearing SPF under makeup easier. Let me know in the comment section down below what your favourite SPF products are.

Have a beautiful day.


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