Thursday, May 5, 2011

How to make SPF 70 Blush for summer.

I've read a lot of information lately about how one day without sunscreen can increase your chances of getting Melanoma. That is a risk I do not want to take.
I also read in Allure magazine that 1 in 3 people will get Melanoma in their lifetime.

But is it really feasible to put a high SPF sunscreen on every day? How can you incorporate these products into your every day routine?
-Start out by using a daily moisturizer on your face in the morning with SPF in it, if you don't plan on wearing makeup that day. These are great to use in Spring, Winter and Fall too.
-Some foundations- like my favorite- Revlon Colorstay- contains SPF 15 in it.
But- the thing is you must reapply throughout the day, especially if you're going swimming, or if you live at the beach.

I've been pretty paranoid about wanting to put sunscreen on my face this summer because I've been wanting to wear a lot of makeup.  One night, the solution came to me.
There's a product on that has SPF 45 in it.
(SPF 45 Sunscreen face powder)
But, I have really dry skin and don't like using just powder foundation.

-I also read in Allure magazine, that the most outer layer of your makeup is the one that's SPF matters. If you put on a moisturizer with 20 SPF and then the above ELF SPF 45 powder- you have SPF protection of 45. But if you put the powder on first, and then the moisturizer, you only have 20 SPF protection.
- SPF from two products on your face does not add up. I use a moisturizer that has SPF 15 and Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation with SPF 15- that does not mean I have SPF protection of 30, I still only have SPF 15.

So, with this, I've come up with a way to be able to reapply face makeup and still have a high SPF. I've "experimented" with this as a blush first, but I will also be making a foundation and possibly a bronzer.

-An empty travel size squeeze tube bottle for lotion, etc. (I purchased at Dollar Tree for a set of three different travel bottles for $1)
-SPF sunscreen lotion of your choice, preferably OVER 50 since it's for your face. (I purchased a rather large bottle of SPF 70 at Walgreens on clearance for $2.78 about three weeks ago.)
-Any loose powder blush in the color of your choice. (I used Wet and Wild Ultimate Minerals loose blush in Pinched Pink. You can also use a pressed powder blush and scrape it out of the pan, if you have an old one lying around.)
-Toothpick (optional)
-Piece of paper to use as a funnel.

-Pour a good amount of the loose powder blush into the empty travel size bottle, using a piece of paper rolled into a paper funnel. To help get it out of the pan and down the funnel, you may need a toothpick.
-Add about 1/3 amount of sunscreen lotion straight to the bottle.
-Shake vigorously to mix. Test the color. Add as much pigment as you want to get the color darker if needed. I ended up just adding the entire container of blush to mine.
-Then add more sunscreen. You can fill the bottle, or not. I only filled mine about 3/4 of the way so I wouldn't waste any, since you only use blush on part of your face. Shake vigorously until mixed well.
And voila, now you can reapply sunscreen to your face throughout the day and not mess up your makeup. The best part is, it's SPF 70! Since the pigment is mixed with the lotion, it's sheer enough to where you can reapply it as often as needed and not look like a clown. And since you're only using a small amount on your cheeks at once, it's going to last a very long time.

I will be doing this with foundation sometime in the future, but, you can also do this with a light shimmery powder for a highlight, or a darker powder to make a bronzer, or multiple shades of blush.

I have pictures coming! I just can't find my camera cord. :(

I do not condone tanning, but if you insist, please, at least put sunscreen protection on your face. It's what will age the most, and the damage is irreversible.

UPDATE: This looked and worked great for the first two days, and then it separated! And because too nasty to use! :( I thought I had a great idea on my hands here!
So for so added Sun protection in the form of makeup, try a face powder with added SPF.
Physician's Formula makes one: Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Retails for around $12 in drugstores.
Eyes Lips Face also makes one: Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen UVA/UVB Protection Powder retails for $6 on

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Pretty and perfect due to your steady hand.
Apply that lipgloss like it's your job.