Our Favorite No-Pill Sunscreens to Wear Under Makeup

May 25, 2022
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | skincare.com by L'Oréal
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The most important step in your skincare routine is applying sunscreen — no ifs, ands or buts about it. That said, if your beloved SPF starts to pill up, flake off or cause little gritty balls to form under your makeup, it can be tempting to skip sunscreen altogether. Thankfully, we’re here to help you steer clear of sticky formulas and look for lightweight sunscreens that you can apply before your makeup.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our editors’ favorite sunscreens to wear under makeup, ahead.

Best Brightening Sunscreen: Garnier SkinActive Green Labs Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This three-in-one powerhouse product combines broad-spectrum SPF 30 with a vitamin C and pineapple serum to help brighten and even out your skin. The oil-free formula feels like a lightweight moisturizer, so it hydrates your skin and dries down quickly before makeup application.

garnier skinactive green labs pinea-c brightening serum cream sunscreen broad spectrum spf 30

Best Drugstore Tinted Sunscreen: CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint

A tinted sunscreen lets you get away with applying less foundation and concealer, saving you time and product. Plus, unlike most mineral sunscreens, the sheer tint in this product prevents it from turning chalky on tan or deep complexions. It also contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to nourish the skin.

cerave hydrating mineral sunscreen spf 30 face sheer tint

Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk SPF 100

If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to burning, we recommend this option. While most sunscreens with such a high SPF can feel thick, oily and sticky, this La Roche-Posay option is fast-absorbing with a velvety finish.

la roche posay anthelios melt in milk spf 100

Best Anti-Aging Sunscreen: Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen

If fighting signs of aging is a concern, look to this Vichy option. With phyto peptides, vitamin C, Vichy mineralizing thermal water and SPF 30, it improves the look of dark spots, uneven skin tone and loss of definition and firmness.

vichy liftactiv peptide c sunscreen

Best High-End Tinted Sunscreen: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

This mineral sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and gives skin a radiant, tinted finish. Not only does it help boost your skin’s defense against environmental aggressors, it’s also fragrance- and paraben-free.

skinceuticals physical fusion uv defense spf 50

Best Primer and Sunscreen: Lancôme UV Expert Aquagel Sunscreen

Looking for a multi-purpose product that will protect, moisturize and prime in one? This Lancôme option is for you. The oil-free face primer and moisturizer with SPF 50 provides long-lasting hydration, sun protection and a suitable base for makeup. It should be the last step in your skincare routine and applied prior to foundation.

lancome uv expert aquagel sunscreen
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