You've heard hundreds of times that you need to reapply SPF throughout the day, but what if you're wearing makeup? Here's how to reapply sunscreen over makeup.

Why Do I Need to Reapply Sunscreen?

You probably don’t need us to tell you why you should wear sunscreen every day. But unfortunately, one application of sunscreen is often not enough for adequate, all-day sun protection. 

Sunscreen becomes less effective with wear. Why? Sunscreen is oil-soluble, so your skin’s natural oils eventually work to break up the sunscreen’s protective barrier on your skin. That’s why skincare experts usually recommend reapplying your SPF every two hours. Additionally, sunscreen tends to rub off throughout the day. Any time you touch your face, you may be removing critical sun protection. 

Finally, active ingredients in sunscreen break down after absorbing too many UV rays. Once the active ingredients break down, the sunscreen will no longer offer your skin any protection. 

Of course, depending on your lifestyle, the sunscreen you apply in the morning may be enough to protect your skin throughout the day. For example, if you spend most of your day indoors, you don’t necessarily need to apply sunscreen. However, if you live in a sunny climate or you spend more time outside, it’s wise to start reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day. 

Applying Sunscreen Over Makeup: 4 Pro Tips

1. Keep It Simple

If you plan to spend the day outdoors, keep your makeup simple so it’s easy to reapply sunscreen. For example, opt for concealer, blush, and mascara rather than a full face of makeup. 

2. Layer Up

If you’re out and about, there is no need to wash your face before reapplying sunscreen. You can just reapply right on top! However, if the layers of sunscreen feel too heavy on your face or your face begins to accumulate dirt, you can also use a gentle makeup remover wipe to start fresh. 

3. Dab, Don’t Wipe

Typically, when we apply sunscreen, we use our fingers to wipe it across our skin. But when you are already wearing makeup, that wiping action can smudge. Instead, opt to dab your SPF onto your skin. 

That’s one reason why we love Aqua BB SPF 40. This BB cream has a cushion puff that can be used to gently pat the product onto your skin – no smudging involved. Aqua BB SPF 40 also provides sheer coverage for luminous, even-looking skin. 

4. Try a Spray Sunscreen

Another option is to use a spray sunscreen instead of a cream formula. We recommend applying several light coats and allowing the sunscreen to dry in between. This will allow maximum protection without melting away makeup. And make sure you hold your breath when you apply!