August 5th, 2014
Whether you’re working in the unforgiving heat of Africa or a sunny wedding in Suffolk, an SPF base is essential for any outside work. Long hours and touch-ups, whether it is a photoshoot, film or event, mean prolonged exposure to the sun which means damage limitation in skin protection. But you need products you can trust – ones with a good level of SPF protection, which you know won’t abandon ship at the first spike in temperature. SPF primers are the safest bet, as too high an SPF in foundations can produce unruly flashback in images. So if you’re looking for ways to beat the heat, Warpaint has you covered.
An old favourite, the Bobbi Brown Protective Face Base SPF 50 (£29) is a do-all wonder cream which has an excellent high SPF of UVA and UVB protection without a heavy feel. An excellent primer base layer for make-up, it is also packed with antioxidants to promote healthier skin and provide calming effects – including vitamin E, mushroom extracts, algae and chamomile. Great at keeping skin hydrated throughout the day, it slowly feeds moisture into skin thanks to its water-binding ingredients. What’s not to love?
Perfect for skins that react to heat with red flushes, the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15 (£19) has a faint green tint to even the skintone and counteract redness. Without the use of strong chemical sunscreens it protects from skin-irritating UVA and UVB rays, making it is ideal for sensitive types too.
For a pore-masking effect in base product, look no further than the Shu Uemura Poreraser UV Under Base Mousse SPF 35 (£29). Weightless, cooling and smoothing, this sinks in effortlessly to prime, while ensuring good UV protection. Available in two shades, pink and beige, it’s uncomplicated to pick a match for skin prep.
A budget-friendly option – ideal for if you’re doing the make-up of an entire wedding party, for example – is the Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ (£15). Lightweight and translucent, there’s no need to worry about products pilling on top, or a tell-tale white cast on the skin despite its high SPF factor.
The Chanel UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen UV Protection Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum (£41) comes in three sun factor options of 20, 30 and 50. This lotion is lightweight, packed with hyaluronic acid to retain moisture, and is excellent for defending against nasty free radicals and damage to cause hyperpigmentation.
Another clever option is Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50 (£34). Like the foundation, this SPF has a real lasting power to it, but is not overly heavy. It has been specially formulated to filter UVA and UVB rays, along with an innovative Super Anti-Oxidant Complex to keep skin as fresh and youthful as possible. If you have a long shoot ahead, this would be a safe bet.
If you’re after a SPF foundation, take a look at a mineral one to avoid the pitfalls of a ghostly flashback and you can’t go far wrong with bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation (£25) – after all, it has won all those awards for a reason. We’ve also been hearing excellent things about Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 (£13.49).
Bear in mind that cosmetics with added SPF don’t function at the same high level as a dedicated skincare SPF base, and so provide less valid protection. Your best bet is to invest in a full layer of a dedicated SPF product before proceeding with your planned base products.