Fake a Supermodel Body
Supermodels seem to have hit the jackpot in terms of physical beauty: hourglass curves, bronzed skin, and mile-long legs. But most don't look flawless without some behind-the-scenes help. "A model's skin and features are always perfected with products," says Linda Hay, a celebrity makeup artist who regularly works with Victoria's Secret supermodels. Enhance, firm, and smooth your assets with these tricks of the trade, then strut your stuff like you're on the runway.Get Knockout Legs
Conceal imperfections like bruises, veins, and cellulite with a bronzing cream. "Self-tanners even out skin's tone and look more natural than stockings," says Hay. Smooth dry areas like knees and ankles with a gentle exfoliator (try Bare Fruit Fig Exfoliating Body Cleanser, $20, victoriassecret.com), then apply a buildable tanning lotion like California Tan Sunless Leg Perfector, $25, californiatansunless.com, or Neutrogena Summer Glow Daily Moisturizer SPF 20, $7.86, drugstores, from hips to feet.Create Sexy Cleavage
Make a small chest appear voluptuous by outlining cleavage with a gold or pink body illuminator like Benefit Hollywood Glo Body Lustre, $26, benefitcosmetics.com, or Mystic Glo Body Bronzing Shimmer Lotion, $24.95, mystictan.com. "Adding a shadow between breasts works as well as your favorite push-up bra," says Hay.Reshape Your Derriere
Tone your bottom with a body cream that contains a combination of hydrating and anti-cellulite ingredients like glycerin, caffeine, and ginseng (try Olay Smoothing Concentrate Cream Gel for Body, $8.99, at drugstores, or Estee Lauder Slim-Shape Anti-Cellulite/Anti-Fluid Advanced Visible Contouring Serum, $52.50, esteelauder.com). Apply immediately after washing to trap extra moisture. "When you forget to water a plant, it droops. Skin acts the same way," explains Kimberly Butterwick, MD, a dermatologist in La Jolla, California.Erase Body Blemishes
Clear breakouts on the back, shoulders, and chest with a clay body mask that has botanicals like peppermint to improve circulation and almond extract to replenish (try Grassroots Best of Both Worlds Purifying & Smoothing Body Clay, $12.50, kohls.com, or Sedona Valley Spa Mojave Desert Body Mud, $18, perfumania.com). "Clay acts like a sponge to absorb excess oil," says Dr. Butterwick. Apply to dry skin and rinse with warm water, especially after working out to remove blemish-causing sweat.Get Silky Soft Skin
Turn dry skin so luxurious that it'll give your favorite lingerie serious competition. In the shower, gently buff away dead surface layers with a sugar scrub like Victoria's Secret Spa Intensive Body Scrub, $18, victoriassecret.com, or body-smoothing towelettes like ModelCo Exfoliate Body Wipes, $22, sephora.com. "Exfoliating allows lotions to penetrate deeper and heightens your glow," says Dr. Butterwick.
Originally published in Fitness magazine, April 2006.
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