We’re all for versatility and multi-tasking when it comes to make-up and skincare. Tints that can be used on your cheeks, lips, and eyelids? Yes, please. Tinted lip balms that keep your pout nourished and give it a peachy hue? Sure! So, make-up with SPF that prevents UV damage and protects from harmful sun rays, especially during summer, gets a big thumbs up from us.
What is SPF make-up?
These days, a range of beauty products come with SPF—from foundations and tinted moisturisers, to loose powders. But what is SPF in make-up, and how does it work? SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is used to measure the effectiveness of a sunscreen product. So, if a beauty product claims to have SPF, it simply means it has added sunscreen in the formula that helps protect the skin from UV rays.
Does SPF-infused make-up provide adequate protection from the sun?
If you are hoping your SPF-infused foundation or concealer will give you the same protection as a sunscreen, do know, it won’t. Make-up with SPF isn’t sufficient to be your only source of sun protection—applying sunscreen is still as important. Think of the SPF make-up more as a ‘cherry on top’ than the sole source, because unless you’re using a large amount of make-up, it’s unlikely you’ll get the actual value of the sunscreen.
How do I apply SPF-infused products?
We know what you’re thinking—“Why bother using SPF make-up at all if it’s not going to give me proper protection?” It's because, if you’re not using sunscreen, some SPF is better than no SPF. And while it may be a good idea to introduce sunscreen in your skincare routine, that is if you haven’t already, the added barrier that using SPF make-up gives will ensure you stay fully protected from the sun. So, start by applying your traditional sunscreen and follow it up with a base of SPF-enriched foundation or powder, and a swipe of lip balm or lipstick with SPF.
Below, we round up some of the best SPF-infused products that deserve a spot on your vanity shelf.
M.A.C Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer, ₹2,700
Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup SPF 45, ₹4,000
Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 30, ₹4,200
Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Protection SPF 50, ₹3,800
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant SPF 15, ₹1,750
L'Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm SPF 30, ₹950