CLIQUE Picks: The best sunscreens to wear underneath makeup

Finding a good sunscreen is like finding a Paddle Pop in your freezer on a stinking hot day. But finding a good sunscreen that sits well under makeup? That’s a whole ‘nother battle.

Lots of people opt for a foundation with an SPF in it and think, well, that’s enough right? And it could be! But most likely the SPF is around 20, when you should really be aiming for 30 and above, and even higher if you have fair skin. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite sunscreens to use as a base for your makeup.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+ 


A lightweight, non-greasy, beautiful sunscreen like nothing you’ve ever tried before. It contains hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E to keep you hydrated throughout the day. It also has a matte finish to it making it the perfect base for your makeup.

The amazing part about this sunscreen is that it’s free from that horrible SPF smell you’re probably all too familiar with. Run, don’t walk to your nearest Mecca (or just shop online, that’s probably easier).

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Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50


Coming from a highly regarded brand, this product definitely lives up to the hype. This sunscreen is suitable for all skin conditions, although there are other Dermalogica products with a high SPF for really sensitive skin.

This sunscreen provides protection from harmful UV rays with antioxidant vitamins C and E as well as green tea and grape seed extracts. You can apply this before your makeup entirely or mix it in with your foundation or moisturiser; it’s your choice!

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Daily SPF 50 Primer


This anti-aging primer with SPF is designed to sit beautifully under makeup. It’s a mattifying primer and has a blurring effect to hide those fine lines and pores.

Suitable for sensitive skin, oil free, fragrance free and paraben free, this French brand is quickly becoming our go-to.

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Clinique Super City Block SPF 30+


If you’re a Clinique fan then you’ll probably jump onto this one. A sheer, weightless formula, it does have a little less SPF than the others. It suits every skin type, even the most sensitive, and protects from the sun’s harmful rays. It also has a slight tint to it, which evens out your skin tone and creates a flawless base for your makeup.

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer With SPF 30


This primer creates a smooth even base, which helps your makeup glide on and keeps it lasting longer throughout the day. It has a blurring effect to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines and is weightless on the skin. This product gives a natural finish, which is perfect for Summer when you don’t feel like wearing as much makeup.

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