SPF-Spiked Foundations For Flawless Coverage & Built-in Sun Protection


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We all know how important using a daily SPF is not only for your skin’s appearance (after all, they say it’s the best anti-aging product), but also for your skin’s health. While we always recommend using sunscreen (we recommend choosing a formula with an SPF of 30 or higher) as the last part of your daily skincare routine before makeup, using it allows you to double your dose of SPF and sun protection Radicals receive a foundation or complexion base that is enriched with additional sun protection.

The multi-purpose skincare makeup hybrids are not only infused with sunscreen and anti-aging ingredients to improve your skin over time, but also offer more coverage than your standard tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Of course, if you’re planning to dabble in flash photography, you should steer clear of SPF-enhanced foundations, as these can often induce a ghostly white cast effect in photos, but other than that there’s really’ no downside to these affordable formulas. Scroll below to see some of our most popular foundations with built-in sun protection.

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1. Perricone MD No Makeup Serum Foundation

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If you know me, you know this foundation really is in my top 3 favorites of all time. Don’t be fooled by the “no makeup” and serum claims, this stuff gives you solid medium coverage that can be layered for a fuller coverage effect. This formula feels weightless against the skin while giving you added sun protection and skin-enhancing benefits while you wear it.

2. L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation

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This skin-enhancing, anti-aging foundation not only offers a solid SPF 50 protection, but is also enriched with a powerful, antioxidant-rich serum that helps smooth fine lines and promote luminosity over time. The luminous formula also doesn’t settle into fine lines and wears beautifully all day long with no touch-ups required.

3. Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Flawless Coverage Foundation Makeup

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This affordable, full-coverage foundation not only provides SPF 50 sun protection, but also acts as a protective barrier, protecting your skin from environmental elements that contribute to free radical damage (and therefore premature signs of aging). The lightweight formula allows you to build coverage from medium to full.

4. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted SPF

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While the name might suggest barely-there, minimal coverage, I’ve found that this hydrating (but non-greasy) formula offers buildable coverage that ranges from light to medium.

5. Liquid makeup for healthy skin by Neutrogena

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This medium to full coverage foundation not only contains SPF 20 to protect your skin from the sun, but is also enriched with a range of other skincare ingredients such as vitamin E and other antioxidants.

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