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Sunscreen Makeup Hybrids: Your New SPF Summer Staple

By Aimee Lubrano

There is one indisputable fact about skincare that every dermatologist can agree on: Everybody should wear sunscreen daily.

Rain or shine. Winter or summer. Sun protection is a must.

Luckily, we make it easy.

In today’s fast-paced, smart-phone, multi-tasking world, efficiency is key. What could be better than combining the benefits of daily broad-spectrum sun protection with the beauty of makeup? From primers with SPF to tinted sunscreens...SPF makeup hybrids are modernizing the way we approach sun care and makeup, offering a seamless blend of skincare ingredients and cosmetic formulas that not only enhance our looks, but also help protect our skin from harmful UV rays.

But what’s the difference? Let’s explore these innovative products that are changing the makeup game and helping to keep skin looking flawless and protected all day, every day.

Discover the power of our best SPF makeup hybrids and embrace a simplified, smarter SPF routine.

What is a Sunscreen Makeup Hybrid?

Genius. (in a nutshell). Let’s be real. No one wants more work, or to add another step to their daily skincare and makeup routines that already have multiple steps as it is. So, makeup infused with daily sunscreen filters gives you the benefits of traditional makeup with the protection of sunscreen.

Smart SPF: Simplified makeup with daily SPF.

Designed to provide both sun protection with a second benefit in a single product, these innovative, game-changing formulations are a smarter, more efficient way to maintain healthy-looking skin and minimize the number of steps in any routine.

Sunscreen makeup hybrids come in various forms—from foundations, tinted moisturizers, CC creams, and setting sprays. By incorporating SPF into makeup products, sunscreen makeup hybrids offer the convenience of sun protection without the need for applying a separate sunscreen. This makes safeguarding skin against sun exposure more convenient and less time consuming.

Sunscreen makeup hybrids are a versatile beauty solution that allow you to enhance your complexion and also prioritize sun protection. It’s a new skincare solution simplifying routines without compromising on sun protection.

When Should You Apply Sunscreen?

According to experts, when to put sunscreen on in your skincare routine depends on the product you’re using. Generally speaking, sunscreen should be the last step of your skincare routine and applied before makeup. However, it’s important to check with your dermatologist and the specific products you’re using.

But in general terms, here are some helpful SPF application tips:

  1. Always allow enough time for your skincare to fully dry.

  2. Apply SPF generously 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.

  3. Reapply at least every 2 hours. (Again, say hello to our little friend: Suntouchable All Set for Sun SPF 45

How Do I Know Which Sunscreen Is Right For Me?

Our sunscreens go beyond sun protection. By offering multiple benefits in our facial sunscreens, we eliminate the need for 2 extra steps in your daily routine.

Since SPF should be applied after moisturizer, but before makeup, it’s a no-brainer that we created two hybrid makeup primers with sunscreen. And for that added layer of protection, our hybrid setting spray and sunscreen is the perfect start and finish to any look.

READY. SET. GO. With Spray Sunscreen

Starting and finishing strong is a must for any makeup look—but a 2-in-1 product that can be used in different ways is a game-changer. That’s why our Suntouchable All Set for Sun SPF 45 is the ideal start and finish to bookend any summer look. A clear, quick-drying sunscreen setting spray with broad spectrum SPF 45 helps protect, refreshes, and sets makeup for long-lasting wear. Apply alone on no-makeup days, or after makeup application to set your makeup application. Either way, this e.l.f. clean, lightweight formula is optimal for dry, oily, and combination skin types and infused with skin-loving ingredients like bisabolol, plus watermelon fruit extract and prickly pear seed oil—perfect for a refreshing reapplication throughout the day.

Remember, sun protection is a must no matter who you are or what skin type you have. So when choosing a sunscreen makeup hybrid, make the smart SPF choice that puts the “multi” in hyphenate. You’ll get more bang for your buck, minimize your steps and maximize your benefits!

Get an Instant Glow With Whoa Glow Sunscreen

When you’re a glow-getter, our Suntouchable Whoa Glow SPF 30 is the glowy face sun protection and tinted primer hybrid you’ve been dreaming of. A lightweight formula with a non-greasy feel and broad-spectrum SPF 30 doubles as a hydrating, priming lotion to grip makeup for long-lasting wear. Available in three shimmer finishes, this flexible formula works for a range of different skin tones and leaves you with a radiant, sheer, natural glow.

Go Incognito with Clear Sunscreen

For those who love an invisible face sunscreen, our Suntouchable Invisible Sunscreen SPF 35 is the perfect sunscreen makeup hybrid. This lightweight, clear gel formula with broad-spectrum SPF 35 is a lotion formula with zero white cast that doubles as a blurring primer to grip makeup for long-lasting wear and a velvety-smooth finish. This water-resistant, fragrance-free formula helps you stay clear and protected for up to 80 minutes.

And the choice is yours—wear it alone without makeup for broad spectrum SPF 35 protection... or apply it under makeup as your combo blurring primer and SPF 35 protection.


When it comes to your skin, sun-protection is key. Here are a few additional myth-busting tips to help keep you and your skin protected this season!

MYTH: I don’t need to reapply sunscreen.
FACT: Reapplying sunscreen at least every 2 hours is recommended by dermatologists and medical professionals to help keep skin protected.

MYTH: All SPFs protect against all UV rays.
FACT: Only broad-spectrum SPFs have ingredients that protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

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