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10 Non-Sticky Sunscreens That Are Also Great Makeup Bases

Kill two birds with one stone with these products that marry sun protection with a makeup base

Many women have a love-hate relationship with sunscreens. While most of us recognise their importance and include them in our daily regime, it is often a struggle to find a sunscreen that offers high protection, feels great (read: lightweight) and primes the skin perfectly for makeup application. More often than not, those with high protection feel thick and sticky while lightweight formulas usually have to be reapplied by mid-day, derailing us from building a streamlined skincare routine.

To optimise comfort and convenience these lightweight sunscreens provide long-lasting protection while doubling up as a skin-smoothing makeup base. All you have to do is apply a dollop of it over cleansed and moisturised skin and you’re good to go.

Kosé Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel SPF50+/PA++++, $50
This famed Japanese brand of sun protection goes beyond UV protection and makeup base properties but also regulates melanin synthesis for clearer and brighter skin. Perfect for daily use, this water-based product is also lightweight and glides effortlessly over the skin – giving it a moisture boost and a smooth finish. First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint With Goji Berry SPF 30, $53
This lightly-tinted fluid goes on sheer and feels virtually weightless as it instantly boosts the complexion by evening out skin tone irregularities. Packed with potent antioxidants, it helps to protect the skin from air-bourne pollutants and other environmental aggressor. And thanks to its mineral zinc oxide content, it blocks out UVA and UVB rays while remaining gentle even on sensitive skin. Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield Sunscreen SPF 50+, $84
Formulated with precious natural peony extracts, this product restores radiance, hydrates the skin and promotes a healthy complexion with a powerful all-in-one potion that also shields against UV rays and pollution. Now you can get instant luminous skin that is also smooth and incredibly supple. Origins Dr Weil For Origins Mega-Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF 45/PA++++, $72
Completely free of chemicals, this lightweight gentle-on-skin defence against harmful UV rays is truly a class of its own. Using skin-strengthening Opuntia Cactus Extracts, it cleverly creates a moisture barrier that surrounds the skin – giving it natural resilience against damage caused by unseen pollutants in the air. Lancôme UV Expert Youth-Shield Aqua Gel PA++++, $75
This refreshing fluid protects the skin from the ill effects of UVA, UVB and urban pollution damage – like sun spots, dullness and stops all sources of hyperpigmentation right in its tracks with its Youth Shield technology. It also boasts a featherlight Aqua Gel texture that mattifies the skin, making it perfect for those with combination-oily skin. Skin texture is smoother and clarity is restored day after day. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ Anti-Pollution, $56
Fight of signs of early ageing in the skin with this ultra-thin facial sunscreen that boasts a broad spectrum sun protection level of SPF 50 PA++++. Using advanced state-of-the-art technology in a compact bottle, it also offers resistance against pollutant damage, UV rays and other kinds of free radicals. Providing 12 hours of moisture, this fluid also gets absorbed quickly into the skin; leaving a matte finish—creating the perfect base for makeup application. SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Cream SPF 50+ PA++++, $115
Formulated with Atmosphere Therapy Compolex O, this sunscreen uses natural ingredients like Japanese plum, Vitamin B3, Opuntia Cactus Extracts and its signature Pitera – so potent and rich in precious vitamins, minerals and amino acids – to create a barrier against environmental stresses. And as its name suggests, the airy texture feels next-to-nothing when applied onto skin and makeup glides over seamlessly for a flawless finish. Inoue Olive UV Lotion SPF 48 PA++++, $71
Formulated with olive extracts sourced from the pristine Shodoshima Island in Japan, this sunscreen doesn’t leave any white residue and forms an invisible SPF 48 PA++++ protective veil over the skin. In addition, it also infuses skin with nourishing olive extracts to keep skin soft and supple all day long—perfect for those with skin that’s prone to dryness or those who spend long hours in harsh air-conditioning. Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream SPF 50+ PA++++, $165
This tinted sun protector works hard for your money to provide sublime defence against harmful UV rays, environmental pollutants and photo-ageing. Containing prized skincare ingredients that deeply moisturise and condition the skin, this high-coverage sunscreen also improves skin texture and imparts a natural radiant glow after application. Bioré UV Bright Up Base SPF 50+ PA++++, $19.90
Perfect for those on a budget, this all-in-one sunscreen feels next-to-nothing on the skin and offers multiple benefits. Featuring ultra-fine pearl pigments, this has a subtle pink tint to give skin an instant rosy glow. Plus, the sweat-resistant formula also minimises the appearance of pores and absorbs excess sebum while protecting skin against UVA and UVB rays without any stickness or greasiness.