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Best SPF 50 Foundations For Olive Skin Tones


Photography by Djinane AlSuwayeh for Vogue Arabia

While it’s important to wear sunscreen all year round, the rising mercury levels call for a higher SPF. Consequences of long-term UV exposure include premature aging, fine lines and discoloration. “Arab and Middle Eastern skin is more prone to pigmentation disorders,” says Dr Shazia Ali, a dermatologist based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. For this reason, a number of beauty brands have launched multitasking foundations, compacts and CC creams that marry coverage with potent doses of SPF suitable for olive skin tones.

Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion SPF 50 PA +++
US $82; AED/SAR 301
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A complexion-perfecting formula released in controlled quantities, reinforcing buildable, lighter-than-air coverage. Encased in mirrored, compartmental packaging, this product is essentially spill-free. Press the puff applicator into the cushion then tap lightly around your face and blend. Try shades 020 or 021 for a seamless, crease-free finish.

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Your Skin But Better™ CC+Illumination™ Cream with SPF 50+
US $38; AED/SAR 140
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As the mercury rises, less is always more and it applies to makeup too. This lightweight product has moisturizing benefits, broad spectrum SPF 50, and sheer coverage with an added bonus of color correcting technology to camouflage uneven skin tone. Peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants diminish the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines. For a flawless finish, try “Tan.”

Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
US $60; AED/SAR 220
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Cushion compacts are ideal for the warmer temperatures since they beautifully conceal imperfections without suffocating your pores. This multitasking product is perfect for the busy woman as it combines skincare with coverage, streamlining your beauty routine. Infused with potent Asian botanicals that penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate, those with dry skin will benefit. Try shade 204.

Sunforgettable® Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush Broad Spectrum SPF 50
US $64; AED/SAR 235
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This unique portable sunscreen brush delivers a natural tint of color and SPF 50 protection with one sweep. As it’s a powder formula, you could apply it alone or over your foundation to set your makeup. It is water-resistant too, meaning that it won’t budge no matter how smoldering it is outside. Try “Medium” or “Tan” for natural-looking coverage.

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