The importance of wearing SPF is firmly cemented in the skincare world, but we’re not talking about reapplying it enough—these are our top picks for sunscreens that you can top up with ease
Sunscreen is arguably the most important step of anyone’s skincare routine. Wearing a layer of SPF protects skin from long- term skin damage caused by exposure to UV rays and reduces hyperpigmentation.
New beauty developments, such as UV detection patches—which change colour to indicate when it’s time to reapply sunscreen—are bringing to light the importance of reapplying sun protection products. Finding a suitable sunscreen to apply over make-up, however, isn’t always easy—many traditional creams and sprays may interfere with carefully crafted looks.
Here, we explore six compact sunscreen sticks and sprays that won’t ruin your base and will fit into any pouch or pocket—ideal for reapplication on the go.
Read more: The Best Sunscreens to Wear Under Make-Up
1. Shiseido Clear Suncare Stick SPF 50+
Shiseido’s iconic sunscreen stick glides over make-up without leaving behind a feeling of greasiness. The high SPF is great for year-round protection, and its clear formula means it won’t leave behind a white cast.
2. Supergoop Glow Stick SPF 50
Supergoop’s Glow Stick SPF 50 is a cult favourite for beauty lovers around the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The product has a nourishing formula—it’s packed with calendula, tamanu and sunflower seed oils—and is suited to normal, dry, oily or combination skin types. Finally, its lightweight formula means it offers a dewy effect on the skin—layer this over mattifying products as a protective highlighter.
3. Abib Quick Sunstick Protection Bar
Created by Korean brand Abib Costmetics, this sunscreen stick—made with the reapplication of make-up in mind—has been making the rounds on Instagram and TikTok. It features a wide and curved design, meaning the product can be better applied in crevices on the face. Its clear formula means it won’t affect other products on the face.
4. Love from Yours Sunny Side Up SPF 30 Mist
This sunscreen spray by Love from Yours is a clear mist that is gently absorbed by the skin, meaning it won’t interfere with make-up. Featuring a formula that is both vegan and cruelty-free, it offers protection against both UV and blue light lays.
5. Sunbum SPF 45 Sunscreen Face Mist
This sunscreen face mist by Sunbum features a lightweight formula and a coconut and banana scent that reminds us of tropical vacations. It is designed to be reapplied over make-up.
6. Coola Make-up Setting Spray SPF 30
Coola combines make-up longevity and sun protection with this setting spray. It contains hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, offering hydration while also leaving make-up looking fresh, with a matte finish. Reapply throughout the day.