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We’ve all been there. You’re going along with your regular skincare and makeup routine, and suddenly a great hack pops into your head. You think, “Can I mix foundation with sunscreen? It’ll save some time—it’s no big deal, right?” Well, maybe put the foundation down for a minute, and let’s talk about it first.

Before you get too tempted by DIY bathroom chemistry experiments, we’ll get to the bottom of it all, including: can you mix foundation with sunscreen without compromising your sun protection's effectiveness or makeup quality, mistakes to avoid, and advice on choosing compatible products for a healthy skincare and makeup routine.

The Importance of Sun Protection in Makeup

While it’s nice to have additional SPF protection in your everyday face makeup, you should never rely on the coverage in a traditional foundation as your only source of sun protection. When you’re applying makeup, your focus is on enhancing your skin and creating a seamless blend of color coverage. But, that doesn’t always equal even coverage of product on all areas of your face—which leads to uneven SPF protection. 

The best way to ensure you're protecting your skin evenly and completely is to apply a generous layer of sunscreen to your face before you start your foundation application.

Can You Mix Foundation with Sunscreen?

Before we get into the specifics of mixing sunscreen and foundation, let’s take a deeper look at the different types of sunscreens, makeup formulas, and how these products for your face work best together.

Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens are the traditional SPF category. They work by forming a thin protective filter that absorbs UV radiation before it can penetrate the skin, while physical (or mineral) sunscreen sits on the surface of the skin and reflects UV rays.

Mixing mineral or chemical sunscreen into your makeup may change your foundation’s texture and color, ruining your chances of achieving an even skin tone. But, sunscreens can provide a great primer-like base when applied before your makeup. 

Types of Foundation Formulas

When mixing sunscreen and foundation, most people try combining a liquid foundation with their lotion-based sunscreen. And while it’s certainly possible to mix these, that doesn’t mean it’s the best solution.

If you want to take all the guesswork out of the process, instead of mixing, use a protective beauty SPF that still offers the look of balanced and even-toned skin. Go for a formula that’s meant to be standalone, like our Rōsilliance® Tinted Moisturizer—offering an organic glow with SPF 30 protection. (And no mixing required.)

Dos of Mixing 

Finding the perfect solution for keeping your skin protected while getting great makeup coverage doesn’t have to be hard. Using the right products—and in the right order—will keep your routine seamless and simple.

Choosing the Right Products

Your product selection is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to mixing foundation and sunscreen. If you have your heart set on making your own SPF/makeup blend, make sure to choose sun protection that’s made specifically for this task.

Our Sun Silk Drops are real multitaskers—Providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and support in mitigating the effects of blue light is not their only feature. This nourishing formula was created to be used solo or blended with your favorite moisturizer or foundation, making it the perfect solution for your skin care initiatives.

Application Techniques

Beyond picking the right products, there is an ideal way to layer your SPF and makeup for maximum efficacy and wearability—with options.

To ensure the protection of your skin, use a high-quality SPF before you apply your foundation. Apply your sunscreen with enough time to let it fully absorb so there’s no danger of disrupting your makeup.

Then, after you’ve applied your makeup, you can set and protect with our Makeup Setting Spray. And for during-the-day reapplication, mist over your makeup with our Refreshing Water Mist or Sunscreen Mist to keep your skin protected all day long.

Don'ts of Mixing

Now that we’ve covered the dos, let’s get into what you should keep in mind if you’re still tempted to mix.

Avoid Product Incompatibility

One of the main reasons that simply mixing your sunscreen and foundation may not work is because of a lack of compatibility across different products.

Mixing just any sunscreen with your foundation may result in an uneven look for your makeup. Application may be patchy or separated, depending on product ingredients. For instance, if your foundation is silicone-based and your SPF is water-based, your time-saving mixture may break down into an oil-meets-water kind of mess. 

Don't Overlook SPF Efficacy

But product ingredients aren’t the only thing to think about before you mix. One of the biggest considerations comes down to protecting your skin.

Here’s the bottom line—adding additional products (like foundation) to your sunscreen decreases its effectiveness, lowering your SPF protection. And the more you add, the more your sunscreen is diluted. So, if you’re looking to add a significant amount of foundation for decent coverage, your sun protection will be exponentially diminished.

Striking the Right Balance

In summary, can you mix foundation with sunscreen? You technically can, but finding the right balance between protecting your skin from dangerous UV rays and getting the coverage you want from your makeup is essential—and creating your own mix isn’t ideal without the proper products.

The best way to stay protected and primed for your makeup application is by using a high-quality SPF before applying your foundation and reapplying with mists throughout the day.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Mixing Foundation with Sunscreen