The 8 Best Foundations with SPF
Some of us break out when we wear products with SPF, even if the sunscreen is designed not to clog pores. But! We can’t forgo SPF—especially if we want to protect our skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and maintain that healthy glow for years to come. Luckily, there are alternatives. We sifted through the ratings and compiled the best liquid and powder foundations with sun protection for anyone whose skin can’t handle the real stuff. You’re. Welcome.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
This liquid foundation not only hydrates skin but also blends seamlessly like a moisturizer, while still providing great coverage. Its formula incorporates pro-vitamin B5 for added hydration and vitamin E, an antioxidant that is often used to treat acne. All this and SPF 17 protection? We’ll take it.
Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation SPF 18
Thousands of fans of this liquid foundation have given it rave reviews online. It works best for normal to dry skin, so if you lean oily, you might want to try a powder foundation (see BareMinerals below). Not only does Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth come in 29 shades but the foundation is fragrance-free and noncomedogenic (meaning it’s designed not to clog pores) and has been tested by dermatologists for effectiveness.
Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15
On the prowl for a natural, barely-there look? Clinique’s Even Better foundation is stellar at evening out skin tone and improving skin over time (an ideal situation because, hello, we all age) and works best on combination skin. Plus, if you run hot or live in a humid climate, you can rest easy knowing this formula is sweat resistant.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full-Coverage Foundation SPF 15
Good news, vegans (and anyone who cares where their makeup products come from): This foundation is cruelty- and animal product–free. On top of that, it delivers a flawless complexion for up to 12 hours thanks to the Amazonian clay in its formula. It’s also perfect for oily skin as it is oil-free and provides a matte finish.
BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15
For decades, BareMinerals powder foundation has been a go-to for those who don’t gel with liquid foundations. It’s super-breathable while still covering imperfections and evening out skin tone. This is a great option for sensitive skin too, as it has only six ingredients and is vegan.
Lancôme Rénergie Lift Anti-Wrinkle Lifting Foundation SPF 20
For aging or tired skin, Lancôme has the technology you want. Yes, technology. It covers—and tackles—fine lines and wrinkles with caffeine and ivy extracts. Get moderate to full coverage, plus a healthy glow from reflective micro-pearls embedded into the makeup. Lancôme also promises this product won’t settle into wrinkles like some liquid foundations do. Lastly, it’s got tons of vitamin E.
Illuminare Concealing Mineral Foundation SPF 20
Skin that’s often flushed or reddish in color (due to acne, dryness or hyperpigmentation) may benefit most from Illuminare’s mineral foundation as it covers redness well. Actually, the vegan and cruelty-free formula covers just about everything, from age spots to acne, with moderate to full coverage. So, sounds like an all-around winner.
Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30
More than any foundation on our list, it seems Dermablend’s dedicated users have stuck with the brand for years. The cream (which is lightweight yet great at full coverage) hydrates skin for a silky finish. Want to go the extra mile? Try the Dermablend Setting Powder on top of the Cover Creme for coverage that can last up to 16 hours. It’s not vegan (beeswax is an ingredient), but it does use mineral oil to treat dryness.