Even Derms Say a Primer With SPF Is Useful—These 11 Get the Job Done


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There has been a lot of debate recently about whether or not makeup products with SPF actually do anything. Most derms agree that you would have to be using an extremely generous amount of the product for it to actually provide any real sun protection, but that doesn't mean you should scrap the idea of buying makeup with SPF altogether. What these types of products can at least provide, is an extra layer of protection. Keep in mind that I'm not saying you should ditch your regular sunscreen and opt for solely a primer with SPF. But what you can do is wear your favorite sunscreen under a primer that also has SPF. 

Brendan Camp, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, agrees. "Sunscreens should typically be applied before the makeup application so that they can protect the skin more effectively and won't alter the appearance of makeup that has just been applied," he says. "Primer products that include SPF protection can [help] accomplish two tasks in one step. When searching for a primer with SPF, look for one with a minimum of SPF of 30 and broad-spectrum protection." If you're considering snagging a primer with SPF, take a look at a few below beloved by celebrity makeup artists and a few of our own favorites.

1. Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer SPF 30


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2. Charlotte Tilbury Invisible UV Flawless Primer SPF 50

3. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40


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4. Paula's Choice Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

5. NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35

6. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30


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7. Bobbi Brown Primer + Sun Protection SPF 50

8. ColorScience Calming Primer SPF 20

9. Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30


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10. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Mattifying Face Primer SPF 20

11. Thrive Causemetics

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.