We all know that sunscreen is a must, but relying on the SPF in your foundation or moisturizer isn’t enough. I’m here to share a quick and easy solution to ensure proper sun protection without compromising your makeup.

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In This Episode We Cover:

  • Quick and easy sunscreen solutions
  • Managing sunscreen and your makeup together
  • My favorite recommendations for gentle-on-the-eyes sunscreens


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Episode 18: Show notes

I want to talk about something that is crucial for everyone, no matter where you are in the world – sunscreen.

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun, but I want to emphasize the need for standalone sunscreen, not just relying on the SPF in your makeup products.
I understand that applying sunscreen can be a hassle, especially when it comes to your makeup routine. But fret not, because I have a quick fix solution for those busy days when you’re in a hurry.

Using a sunscreen spray or a setting spray with a high SPF can provide sun protection while setting your makeup. It’s a win-win situation!

Now, let’s talk about protecting the delicate area around your eyes.

Sunscreens can sometimes sting or irritate the eyes, so it’s important to be extra cautious.

My trick is to use a gentle sunscreen lotion specifically designed for the eye area and blend it out over the face. This way, you’re providing protection without any discomfort. To make sure I target the areas that need the most protection, I finish off with a spray that focuses on the higher points of my face, like my forehead.

If you’re unsure where to start or have sensitive eyes, I’d like to recommend two gentle sunscreen options to you.
The first one is Vanny Cream SPF 50 Plus Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, which is fragrance-free and reef-safe. It’s a mineral sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide to provide ultimate sun protection. The second option is Elta MD UV Elements SPF 44 Broad Spectrum, which is not only a great sunscreen but also lightly tinted. It’s a hidden gem when it comes to SPF that works well under makeup, which is perfect for us makeup artists.

You can find the links to these products below this post. It’s always nice to switch things up and try different products, especially when it comes to sunscreen.

Personally, I enjoy experimenting with different formulations and seeing how they work on the skin.

Remember, protecting the area around your eyes is crucial, even if you think it’s covered by your sunglasses or if you’re reluctant to apply sunscreen near your eyes. This sensitive and fragile area needs to be shielded from the effects of the sun. So, whether you’re a makeup lover or someone who applies makeup on others, sunscreen is a non-negotiable step in your routine. Let’s prioritize sun protection and keep our skin healthy and radiant. Stay fab, everyone!


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Episode Transcript

[00:00:00]: No matter your age or where you live on this planet, in this day and age, it’s vitally important to be using sunscreen every day, and you can learn that anywhere.
I’m not telling you something you don’t know for sure, but it’s not just relying on the SPF 15 that’s in your tinted moisturizer or your foundation because that doesn’t really cut it.
You should be applying standalone sunscreen every single day.
And I know this kind of feels like heavy baggage in terms of how it interferes with your makeup routine and how products sit on your skin or sit on the people that you’re making up.
So I wanted to share with you a quick, fixed solution for when you’re in a hurry and how you can be protected properly.

I like to use a sunscreen spray or a setting spray that’s got a high SPF and provides sun protection as well as set my makeup.

[00:01:31]: And if I’m working on set, this product can do triple duty as a sheen or sweat look if the makeup job requires it as well.
But what I notice is that when you spray sunscreen on your face and on other people’s faces, it’s natural and it’s logical for us to protect the eyes.
And that’s with good cause, because generally, sunscreens can sting your eyes. And if you’re sensitive, all the burn. Nobody wants to get sunscreen in their eyes.
So what I like to do is use a gentle sunscreen lotion around my eyes and then blend it out over my face. And then after that’s all in place, and after my makeup, I finish with a spray, which, at least on my face, targets the higher points.
And for me, my big old forehead, which points way up to the sun in the sky and is pretty much the first stop for the sun’s rays when it comes to my head.

[00:02:27]: And I wanted to recommend to you some gentle on-the-eyes sunscreens if you weren’t sure where to start or if you have particularly sensitive eyes.
So I’d love to introduce you to Vanicream SPF 50 Plus Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, which has nothing in it and is a mineral sunscreen that works with zinc oxide to protect you from the sun. Now, it’s labeled as reef safe, fragrance-free, and is basically as bare bones as you’re going to get.
The next one I want to mention to you is Elta MD UV Elements SPF 44 Broad Spectrum, which is also lightly tinted.
Elta MD is sort of this untapped secret when it comes to SPF to go under your makeup and work well for us makeup artists as well.
So these are my two favorites for being gentle on the eyes and I’ll link to them in the show notes, plus a few more that I love that I don’t have time to go through within the episode today. But I’ll link to them all so that you can read up on each of them as well. It is kind of nice to switch it up and try different products a lot.

[00:03:36]: Probably more than any other product is sunscreen is what I switch around a lot at work because, I don’t know, sometimes their formulations change as well.
For me, sunscreen is the thing I probably change up more often than my foundations and that sort of thing, because it’s just great to know how different products work and how they respond and how they sit on the skin as well.
So, I mean, you know, I don’t like to get too serious here, but this is kind of serious and it’s really important for all of us, no matter how much makeup we wear, no matter who we’re putting it on.
And I know it’s easy to forget the area around your eyes.
Whether you think it’s covered by your sunglasses and you’re okay to neglect it or you just don’t want to get sunscreen near your eyes, you still need to protect this very sensitive, fragile area from the effects of the sun.


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