It takes just a few clever body contouring products and beauty tricks for a sexier, younger-looking face and body. It’s all about going to a little effort, but with big results.
Smart body contouring products, tips and tricks
All hail the tan which can make body parts that haven’t visited the gym in years seem more slim and toned. “It’s simply to do with light,” explains celebrity tanner James Harknett. “Darker areas absorb light, creating no reflection on the skin, whereas fairer colours encourage light to reflect, making your body seem larger.” With a little bit of a self-tan know-how, you can fake a slimmer body in only a spray and a buff. Follow your usual fake-tan routine, but use these moves to create shape. Move quickly and cleanly as you apply with a light touch: you’re after a hint of shadow, not defined lines.
The toned torso
Using a mousse with a tanning mitt, apply by sweeping from under the breasts to the centre of your stomach. The sweeping effect creates a shadow in the centre, giving the illusion of a sleeker stomach.
Apply one layer all over your arm, then when it’s dry, flex arms to show your bicep and tricep muscles, and, using a make-up sponge, buff a second layer under the contour of each muscle. Layering will create a slimming shadow.
Do it the right way and self-tan will instantly streamline your legs. The key is to use a matte tan as your base, and then take a skin illuminator and buff down the centre of your legs. The light is reflected off the thighs and shins, giving you the illusion of slimmer pins.
Apply bronzer in the area down the middle of your chest, between your breasts. Blend the colour upward and outwards creating a v-shape along the natural curve of the breast – you will instantly appear curvier.
The shape shifters
These body firming creams and gels are boasting fabulous results…Our Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens, spent months putting them to the test…
“This cream smells delicious and is easy to apply. My skin feels smooth and supple thanks to 8 rejuvenating plant extracts.”
Firm lumps and bumps
“It’s refreshing, nourishing and my skin does feel a little tighter after a few weeks.”
“This gel is really affordable and it definitely smooths the skin. It’s worth a buy if you’re looking to tighten your skin.”
“I noticed a difference almost instantly. My skin felt smoother, more taut and plumped. I love the feel of this serum on my skin too.”
“Yes, it’s pricey, but this product is a great investment if you’re looking to change the appearance of your skin, especially around your arms. It dries quickly, isn’t sticky and I really feel it will make a difference long-term.”
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!