Summer wouldn’t be summer without endless Google searches for clues on how to make oneself look sun-kissed whilst hiding from direct contact with the sun. Because #skingoals, right? And we all know that keeping our skin firm, bouncy, and blemish-free means staying far, far away from the fastest way to aging skin—aka sun exposure.

But showing up to a party or an event where everyone—except for you—is looking tanned can leave a girl feeling a bit left out. Thankfully, a new makeup trend has been going around that you are going to love.

Believe me, as soon as I heard about this one, I got my blusher out and tried it for myself to see if it did as promised: Make me look like I spent the day outdoors (when in fact, I’ve been indoors, determined not to leave the house until autumn!).

Without further ado, let me introduce you to your new best makeup trick this summer: sun stripping.

What sun stripping is… And what it is not.

Picture what would happen if you were out all day in the sun but forgot to wear sunscreen. Only in magazines does that result in an even tan across your face. It’s more likely that you finish the day with high concentrations of color on parts of your face that stick out slightly. Namely: Your cheeks and the bridge of your nose.

Sun stripping is a makeup trend where you mimic that natural glow across your cheeks and over the bridge of your nose. 

Sun stripping is not: You, baring yourself to the sun. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) But it’s also not the number 3 around the edges of your face. In fact, sun stripping is even easier to recreate than that. 

What you need to recreate the sun stripping look

First off, you will need a contouring brush. Or if you don’t have one, use a broad brush with a bit of a flat side (or a foundation brush, in a pinch). If you want to snag a contouring brush, this brush, Espoir’s Pro Face Contour Brush 211, will do the job perfectly.

For the sun-kissed color, use a product that does NOT have shimmer. The idea is a natural blissed-out look, NOT disco gone wrong.

Choose something that will contribute to the idea of a natural tan. Depending on your skin tone, this might be different for each of you. 3CE Duo Contour Stick provides a couple of natural shades that can achieve what you’re shooting for.

Find a shade that is slightly warmer than your natural skin tone for starters. But for girls who just wanna have fun, you can go for something with a brighter undertone. For instance, something a tad more pink or orange, such as Tony Moly’s Panda’s Dream Contour Stick.

And I need to mention Karadium’s Pucca Cheek and Shading line, because if you’ve been searching for the perfect color and haven’t found anything that really clicks with you, these will do the trick. They’re so bright and beautiful… what’s more… they’re perfect for this job. You’ll be pleased.

After adding the color to your face, across the tops of your cheeks and over the bridge of your nose, make sure to soften the edges with your contouring brush so that it blends in with the rest of your skin. 

You can complete the sun stripping look with a bit of bronzer on your chin and forehead to bring everything into balance.

Put a bit of beach waviness to your hair, and, girl, you’re set!

Who needs to go to the beach anymore? (Except, if you wanna, that is.)

—Eun-Ha Park

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