14 Non-Sticky Sunscreens Perfect For Wearing Under Makeup

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Skipping sunscreen isn’t an option, especially if achieving all-around healthier skin is the goal. While many SPF-spiked formulas can feel tacky and thick and pill under makeup, these new formulations not only make the all-important step feel luxe, but are ideal for layering.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide SPF 50 ($34)

Glow Recipe’s first sunscreen is here, and it’s already making waves. Packed with hydrating niacinamide, aloe and hyaluronic acid, this waterlike serum—it feels more like a primer than an SPF—is a dream for applying under makeup for a dewy, prepped base.

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Tatcha The Silk Sunscreen ($60)

It’s hard to believe this luxe, milky sunscreen is totally mineral-based. Along with its smooth, sinks-right-in texture, it also packs niacinamide and hyaluronic acid as key ingredients, plus broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection.

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Mara Sea Kale Sunscreen Sérum ($52)

Say goodbye to white, tacky sunscreens—this luxe serum cocktails SPF 30 with calming botanicals, algae and zinc for a formula that feels like a treat for your skin, not a chore.

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Olay Regenerist Mineral Sunscreen Face Moisturizer ($28)

Offering SPF 30 protection in a next-gen whipped formula, this moisturizer-meets-sunscreen doesn’t pill under makeup or feel heavy on the skin—a major win-win.

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NEOGEN Day-Light Protect Airy Sunscreen ($32)

Aside from serious SPF 50 protection, this quick-to-absorb formula—it dries down into a serum-like consistency—boasts 20 different plant extracts (think avocado and tea tree oil) to treat skin, too.

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EltaMD UV Glow Broad-Spectrum SPF 36 ($36.50)

The addition of niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and coconut fruit extract in this derm-loved formula ensures skin looks supple and bright throughout the day, not dull or chalky.

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Supergoop! Sheerscreen SPF 30 ($38)

The 100-percent mineral counterpart to the brand’s fan-favorite Unseen Sunscreen, this smooth formula leaves an untraceable, natural-looking finish on the skin with zero chalkiness or white cast.

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SkinBetter Science sunbetter SHEER Broad Spectrum 56 Sunscreen Compact ($65)

This creamy solid compact delivers totally transparent protection to the skin while nixing shine with every application, making it perfect for sheer SPF touch-ups throughout the day.

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Saie Sunvisor Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sheer Moisturizer ($34)

Aloe vera, vitamin E and argan and grapeseed oils add a hydrating component to this clean, lightly tinted mineral sunscreen for a dewy, natural-looking finish.

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COOLA Refreshing Water Cream Sunscreen ($46)

It feels like your new favorite gel-cream moisturizer—it’s packed with coconut water and hyaluronic acid—but delivers some serious SPF 50 protection, too. Talk about a win-win.

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CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ($19)

More than 600 happy Ulta shoppers agree: this multitasking formula delivers. Hydrating hyaluronic acid and ceramides plus soothing niacinamide work to repair a compromised skin barrier while broad spectrum SPF 30 curbs any further damage.

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Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi-Defense Aqua UV Gel SPF 50 ($45)

Eight antioxidants, resveratrol, green tea extract and vitamins C and E make this hydrating, waterlight formula so much more than a sunscreen.

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Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen ($42)

This soothing and cooling sunscreen—it’s also nontoxic and reef safe—is powered by 14% zinc oxide, water lily extract and squalane to keep skin happy, hydrated and shielded all day.

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TULA Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($36)

Is it a highlighter or is it a sunscreen? This best-selling formula—it glides on like a gel cream and sinks right in—leaves skin looking so dewy, you’ll have them guessing.

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