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6 Clean & Affordable Sunscreens Redheads Can Wear Under Their Makeup

Find the Perfect SPF for You!

Redheads are at a much higher risk for skin cancer and this is why sunscreen is always the most important part of our skincare routine. This means it’s important to find a sunscreen that works for both your skin and your wallet. We often get asked which affordable sunscreens we like, which clean sunscreens we like, and which sunscreens work well under makeup. Today we’re tackling the trifecta — sunscreen that fits all 3 of those important categories. Here are our top picks:

1. Innisfree Daily UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 36 ($18)

This sunscreen won the 2023 Allure Best of Beauty Award for a reason. It’s made by Korean skincare brand Innisfree and is packed with amazing ingredients like green tea and sunflower seed oil. Not only is it good for your skin, it has an SPF of 36 and doesn’t leave any white cast. Its smooth finish is perfect for wearing alone or under makeup.

Innisfree Daily UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 36: $18 

2. Cetaphil Sheer 100% Mineral Liquid Sunscreen for Face With Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($12)

We love Cetaphil for redheads. It’s sensitive skin-safe and super affordable. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is sheer without compromising your skin protection. The SPF 50 leaves your skin highly protected, and the matte finish is meant to be worn under makeup.

Cetaphil Sheer 100% Mineral Liquid Sunscreen: $12 

3. Blue Lizard SENSITIVE FACE Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, SPF 30+ ($20)

A brand we love for our faces and bodies is Blue Lizard. This sensitive skin formula face SPF is perfect for wearing under makeup. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, green tea, and caffeine help to nourish skin all day long. 

Blue Lizard SENSITIVE FACE Mineral Sunscreen: $20 

4. Vanicream Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($15)

If you’re looking for an SPF that’s ultra hydrating and moisturizing while also protecting your skin, you have to try Vanicream. Its SPF 30 mineral sunscreen is perfect for sensitive skin and wears wonderfully under makeup. 

Vanicream Facial Moisturizer: $15 

5. TULA Daily Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Gel SPF 30 ($38)

This gel sunscreen is a little pricier than some of our other picks, but if you’ve got the room in your budget it’s worth it. The gel-like finish is perfect under makeup, and it’s reef-safe. It’s packed with probiotics, pineapple, papaya, and wild butterfly ginger.

TULA Daily Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Gel: $38 

6. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 ($38)

Another option that’s a little higher priced but oh so worth it is this tinted SPF from La Roche-Posay. If you want light coverage + max sun protection, this SPF 50 is perfect. You won’t even need a foundation, saving you time and money.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Sunscreen: $38 

How to apply your new sunscreen under your makeup:

If you’re wondering how to apply sunscreen under your makeup, here are some tips:

1. Start with a clean face.

2. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, allowing it to fully absorb into your skin.

3. Apply a primer if desired to create a smooth base for makeup.

4. Use a lightweight, oil-free foundation or tinted moisturizer to avoid heavy layers.

5. Dab concealer only where needed to cover imperfections.

6. Finish with a translucent setting powder to help set your makeup and reduce shine.

7. Throughout the day, consider using a setting spray with SPF to reapply protection without disturbing your makeup.

For optimal application of sunscreen under makeup, start by thoroughly cleansing your face and applying your regular skincare products. Dispense a nickel-sized amount of sunscreen and evenly distribute it across your face and neck using a gentle patting motion, ensuring complete coverage. Allow the sunscreen to fully absorb into your skin before applying makeup to prevent pilling or streaking. Blend the sunscreen well around the hairline, jawline, and ears to avoid any noticeable lines. Throughout the day, remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re exposed to sunlight for an extended period. Consider using makeup products with built-in SPF for added protection. By following these steps, you can effectively protect your skin from harmful UV rays while maintaining a flawless makeup look.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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