The Best Body Make-Up For Smoother-Looking Skin

At this time of year, a bit of body make-up can go a long way in boosting your confidence. Whether you’re after a bronzed glow or just want to cover up marks and blemishes, these are the instant wash-off products that will really make a difference…

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Airflash Spray Foundation, £64 | Dior Backstage

Delivering instant colour, this award-winning foundation provides a soft and velvety finish to the skin, while the water-resistant formula doesn’t budge. Expect a golden glow that looks believable and covers everything from varicose veins to tiny bruises. Either rub it in with fingers or mist it onto skin before using a buffing brush for flawless, airbrushed results.

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Body Blur, £24 | Vita Liberata

Ever since it launched, this has consistently been a bestseller for Vita Liberata. A body tint that quickly covers imperfections, minimises blemishes and reflects the light for a photo-ready finish, you can keep the coverage light or build the colour up for a more intense look. If you’re not happy with the results, it quickly washes off with water, so you don’t have to spend ages correcting mistakes. Plus, it’s DHA-free, so there’s no tell-tale scent. 

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Supermodel Body, £45 | Charlotte Tilbury

Used to highlight and elongate models’ limbs backstage, this clever body booster not only dries in under a minute, but it also blurs imperfections, lends a believable tint to skin and is completely transfer-free. A cult product in the making, caffeine and shiitake extract also ensure skin stays smooth and supple for the duration.

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Body Sauce, £40 | Fenty Beauty

You can use this all over the body, but the sheer, silky coverage works particularly well on the legs. It gives a sun-kissed glow that’s far from orange, coating limbs in just enough product for a subtle contour. The key is to use a flat-topped brush– it sets too fast to apply it with your hands. Instead, buff it into skin in circular motions, focusing on the areas where you want the most coverage. Once you’ve applied it, let it dry and you’ll find it doesn’t transfer at all. A little goes a long way, so start with just a small amount and build up gradually. 

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Face & Body Foundation, £32 | MAC Studio

When it comes to concealing and smoothing imperfections, this is one the experts still love. One of the first body foundations to actually look like skin, it’s renowned for covering bruises and spider veins, as well as blemishes and dark circles. The pros recommend applying it with your hands to melt the texture down for a more seamless finish.


Body Illuminator, £17.50 (was £35) | Iconic London

This shimmery illuminator comes in two shade – bronze and champagne – and makes legs, arms and torsos look sculpted and glossy with just the right amount of sheen. We can’t get enough of the tropical vacation scent, either. A little goes a long way, so use just a small pea-sized amount on each area.

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Super FX Body Make-Up, £25 | S19

Scars, stretch marks, blemishes – you name it, this will cover it. It has a light, blendable texture that glides on easily, thanks to ingredients like vitamin E and glycerin, which also boost hydration. Just a small amount smooths out skin tone and give limbs an unbeatable glow. It’s ideal for smoothing out any leftover tan, too – if you have sparse areas or streaks, a little bit of this can work wonders to even things up.

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Shape Tape Waterproof Body Make-Up, £30 (was £36) | Tarte

Inspired by its bestselling Shape Tape Concealer, Tarte launched this Body Make-Up based on the same formula, just with a slightly heavier consistency. Like many on this list, a little goes a long way but it works well to conceal dark spots, redness and broken veins. There’s zero shimmer to it, so it’s great if you prefer a more matte option. It’s also waterproof, so it won’t budge or transfer onto clothing. Finally, ingredients like maracuja and vitamin E deliver antioxidant, brightening benefits, as well as a hefty dose of hydration.

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