We covet her style even if we can’t stand up straight on a surfboard or live near the coast. There’s something undeniably cool about the California surfer girl – her effortless waves, highlighted only by the sun, her freckled skin, and deep natural tan, her ruffled, untamed brows, held in place by the saltwater. There’s nothing wrong with admiring the likes of her – in fact, there’s something incredibly right about it. Here’s a 5-step beauty beat for channeling your inner surfer girl (if only on the outside).
1. Start fresh out of the shower with St. Tropez Self Tanning Facial Oil (sephora.com) – I replaced my moisturizer with this gradually tanning facial oil months ago and haven’t looked back since – Its lighter than a moisturizer and doesn’t clog pores. Follow up immediately with Mac’s Mineralize Diamond (maccosmetics.com) spray all over the face. Use this once to prep and prime the face and once to set makeup afterwards – it helps for extreme dew and a bit of healthy shimmer in all the right places.
2. Smooth out the skin by dotting Dr. Jart’s BB Radiance Beauty Balm (sephora.com) on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, then distributing evenly with a stippling brush. It’s a BB cream, not a foundation, so any freckles will show through.
3. The highlight is never chunky or glittery – for fair skinned girls like me it’s the Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Summer Glow Stick in Sunburst (esteelauder.com). This goes all over – cheekbones, middle of the nose, cupids bow, below the brow arch, on the eyelid. Use warm fingers for the most effective blend, and watch this one blend like a dream.
4. Brush your eyebrows with a spooley. The surfer girl doesn’t pencil in her eyebrows – so opt for a clear brow gel (target.com) and brush upwards until bushy at their fullest. The end result should be clean and natural but untamed. Then spray your spooley with a bit of hairspray and brush to keep hairs in place.
5. Skip gloss on the lips but keep them conditioned with the god dream that is Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer (nordstrom.com). While meant to prime your lips for lipstick or gloss, it leaves a conditioning shield and plumps the lips just a bit, which is all I ever wanted from a lip product – so skip the color and leave them natural. This look is less about trying and more about an effortless suppleness and a glow from within. Now one more spritz of Mac’s Mineralize Diamond spray to keep everything in place and you’re golden.
– Kalina Krabel