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Best sunscreen for makeup: MD Complete

MD Complete Sun Shield Goes on Matte
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MD Complete by Dr. Brian Zelickson Youthful Skin Sun Shield


Now that everybody's gotten into the sunscreen-as-beauty-product game, there's a lot out there to choose from. Coppertone's Clearly Sheer has two options: one for "Sunny Days" (SPF 30) and one for "Beach & Pool" (SPF 50). L'Oreal has its Sublime Sun SPF 50 version. And on it goes...

If you're looking for something that will leave you with less of that outdoorsy and 'tennis anyone?' look (translation: like you were dragged through an oil slick) then you probably have to look beyond the drugstore shelves. While Sublime Sun is one of the better options in terms of not leaving skin with that tell-tale sheen of sunscreen, a better option is MD Complete by Dr. Brian Zelickson Youthful Skin Sun Shield--it's got a matte finish that not only lasts, but works great under makeup.

MD Complete Sun Shield has an SPF 50 (for those who feel more confident with higher digits) that provides UVA and UVB sun protection. And it's not just a sunscreen--it's also a skin care formula. According to the company, MD Complete Sun Shield contains vitamin C (citric acid) to provide antioxidant protection and to help "brighten" skin. It also contains "antioxidant superstar" tocopheryl acetate--aka vitamin E. Vitamin E, when used in sunscreen, is known to also help boost the efficacy of sun protection ingredients.

Skin-loving benefits aside, the main reason why MD Complete Sun Shield is a must-try is because it goes on completely matte. And, it stays matte. So it's perfect for everyday use--especially if you're putting on makeup to head to the office or if you have a daytime outdoor event to attend. Say what you will about sun protection (yes, important) and anti-aging skin care ingredients (yes, nice to have) but when it comes down to it, if a formula doesn't "sit" on your skin the way you want it to, it's not worth it.

While you won't find in every store, you will find it conveniently now at your local Target--and, of course, online at It retails for about $25.