As a dermatologist I’m often asked by patients, “Does sunscreen or makeup go on first?” It’s confusing because reapplying sunscreen over makeup can destroy all the work you have put into your makeup. It gets even more confusing because many makeup products claim to provide sun protection. Is the makeup SPF good enough? Do you reapply the product like you do sunscreen?
In my latest video, get my dermatologist’s tips so that you can confidently answer the question next time someone asks you “does sunscreen or makeup go on first?” Trust me, it’s a common question. I also help you understand what sunscreen is best under your makeup.
To know the order of applying sunscreen or makeup, it’s important to understand the role of makeup in your skin care routine.
Makeup is the final creative color product layer applied on top of your Complete Skin Care Routine. Sunscreen is applied under your makeup. Your sunscreen will significantly effect the look of your makeup and so matching your sunscreen to your skin type is important.
How do you pick the best sunscreen to go under your makeup?
Decide if your skin is oily, normal, dry or a combination. How do you like your skin to feel once all your products have been applied? Are you in a humid or dry climate? Will you be sweating? Does your skin build up oil as the day progresses? If you use a sunscreen that does not match your skin type your makeup will slip, slide, crease, crack, flake, and may not look great throughout the day.
I want you to love your sunscreen, wear it daily, feel good about how you look, and take really good care of your skin. It’s your one precious cutaneous covering for your one precious body and life.Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, MD