Want to give your skin an extra boost for the bare-all summer season? Step things up with these flaw-fading wonder buys, from tan-imparting foundations to leg-lengthening creams loved by the A-list.
We asked celebrity make-up artist
Charlotte Tilbury how to use her cult Supermodel Body to create runway-worthy limbs.
"I always use the same principle when body contouring," she said. "You can elongate and slim by highlighting down the centre of your arms and legs and shading at the edges. I’ve been using this trick on the runway and the red carpet for years. To apply, twist the applicator and roll the metal massager down the middle of your limbs, before blending outwards with your hands for glossy-skinned perfection."
When it comes to products with instant tanning properties, such as Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs, make-up artist Isobel Kennedy advises: "Apply with your hands or a mitt and buff into your skin, taking care to be quick with your application so you end up streak-free. Use two or three coats for a deeper tan or try mixing in a body moisturiser for a sheer and natural result."
Whether you want to disguise imperfections or just fancy adding an instant healthy glow, here’s SL’s pick of the most confidence-inducing skin enhancers around...
Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel Price: £41 What does it do? This glimmering gel immediately perfects and enhances your skin by locking in hydration and disguising imperfections, including bruises, redness and stretch marks. Why we love it: The streak-free blend has anti-ageing and moisturising properties, delivering the benefits of a skin treatment and instant self-tanner in one.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Medium Glow Price: £9.99 What does it do? This leg-perfecting spray covers flaws and enhances your tan with a weightless and long-lasting formula. Why we love it: Super-affordable but effective, it dries in just 60 seconds and is totally transfer-resistant so you can spray and go on a daily basis.
Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation Price: £29.50 What does it do? Offering a high level of coverage for skin imperfections, this buildable body foundation has an easy-to-blend creamy texture, which leaves limbs feeling silky smooth. Why we love it: This reliable option promises a 16-hour hold, and is sweat, water and rub-resistant.
Make Up Forever Face & Body Liquid Make Up Price: £27 What does it do? Offering sheer coverage with an ultra-fine powdery finish, this multi-tasking gel is ideal for those after a natural look. Why we love it: The light texture means it’s perfect for mature and problem skin.
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Price: £45 What does it do? Used on the runway and red carpet, this firming and illuminating formula acts like shapewear for your skin, making limbs look longer and leaner. Why we love it: This is the one to invest in if you feel like splashing some cash. The cooling, circulation-stimulating blend contains Wilk Shitake to help protect collagen fibres, leaving skin more toned and supple.
PRTTY PEAUSHUN Skin Tight Body Lotion - Medium Price: £36 What does it do? Dubbed a ‘miracle cream’ by Gwyneth Paltrow, it’s infused with a blend of natural plant extracts to lift, firm and tighten skin, minimising the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and varicose veins. Why we love it: The 100% natural, toxin- and paraben-free formula is packed with light-reflecting particles to give skin a golden glow.
Legology Sun-Lite Tinted Leg Cream Price: £36 What does it do? Boost your tan with this instant leg-enhancing, wash-off lotion. Why we love it: It contains powerful lymph and circulation stimulators, plus caffeine to help streamline your limbs.
This Works perfect legs skin miracle Price: £37 What does it do? This tinted body cream adds a pop of colour to pale legs, while disguising any imperfections, discolouration and scars. Why we love it: Rated by beauty editors, it includes aromatherapy oils to de-puff and moisturise dry skin, Vitamins C and E to even out tone, and Arnica to fade bruises fast.