Sun cream contouring is trending but experts say you shouldn't do it

We all love a good contour, don’t we?

The makeup technique can change the shape of a face or enhance the features of your face.

Sadly, to look ‘snatched’ requires products and once washed off, your chiseled face is no more.

However, a new TikTok trend is attempting to make contour a longer-lasting skin fixture during warmer months.

Known as ‘sun cream contouring’, it first gained traction last year when user @Stopiteli posted a video describing the method

In it, she explains to viewers how the method will give you a contoured look that lasts for months.

‘Haters will say it doesn’t work,’ she says. ‘But I’m convinced that if you put a base sunscreen of SPF 30 on and then SPF 90 on all the spots that you would put highlighter on, the sun will the sun will contour your face where you put bronzer and you will be naturally snatched all summer.’

The clip received over 1.9 million likes and 12.9 million views, with those in the comments both horrified and confused at the attempt.

I am convinced this works! #tutorial #contour #summer #lifehack #hack #beautyhack #snatched #tiktokwellness #hiddentalent

One user wrote: ‘Never tan your skin, so much healthier to use self tanner or bronzer.’

‘Girl the sun is not going to blend it for you,’ said another.

While others were impressed by the attempt and felt she had discovered a golden beauty nugget.

‘Wait she might have just done something, I’m going to try this,’ commented one viewer.

However, with the clip making the rounds on social media once again, skin care experts are warning individuals not to try it.

Speaking to, dermatology and aesthetic RGN Emma Coleman says high protection should be placed on all parts of the face.

‘Suncream contouring can be dangerous for all skin types, as UVB light, in particular, causes sunburn which may lead to skin cancer, putting those unprotected areas of skin at increased risk,’ she explains.

‘Additionally, those with Fitzpatrick skin types I to III – so those with lighter skin – are especially at risk, as they are more prone to sunburn. A secondary risk is longer-term skin damage. Even minimal unprotected exposure to UVA sunlight can lead to accelerated skin ageing including the appearance of wrinkles and dark spot formation.’

Commenting on behalf of the British Association of Dermatology, Dr Tess McPherson advises individuals to stick to makeup when it comes to contouring, especially if you are about how you look.

‘Make-up should be used if you want the contoured look – not playing around with sunscreen,’ she says.

‘It is important to remember that a tan is a sign of sun damage and that damage to the skin is irreversible. It’s also notoriously hard to judge sun exposure, so there is a good chance that people are risking sunburn, which not only damages your skin but is also probably not the look people are going for.

‘So please stick to using make-up if you want that ‘snatched’ look and care for your skin.’

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