December 18th, 2015
Make-up is a full-bodied affair, as we were reminded by the recent flurry of Victoria’s Secret Show images. With model Selita Ebanks admitting in the past, “People don’t realize that there are about 20 layers of makeup on my butt alone,” body make-up is big business for everything from runway shows and scantily-clad shoots to weddings and prom jobs. Warpaint have selected some products to help you achieve the perfect pins.
Starting off with subtle tinted options, we’re fans of the perfect legs skin miracle (£37) from this works. It functions brilliantly in both the short- and long-term, with a lightweight formula which enhances limbs and evens out skintone with its gentle tint, as well as hard-working ingredients which work to improve skin tone and texture over time. Arnica helps fade bruising as Vitamins C and E encourage skin renewal and reduces signs of irritation or redness.
The forgiving lotion texture of Caudalie Divine Legs (£26) is less streaky and harsh than your regular instant fake tans. Providing a hit of colour, flattering sheen and moisturising ingredients, it’s one to keep on hand for quick effects. It’s not waterproof, but there is a plus point to being so easy to remove.
‘Beautiful skin in a bottle’ certainly rings true of BECCA’s Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse (£30) – even though it comes in a tube. It applies and blends seamlessly to enhance the appearance of bare arms, shoulders, legs, backs – any skin you’re planning to cover. With a subtle hint of light-reflective shimmer, to blur the visibility of bruises, blemishes and imperfections whilst optically streamlining and elongating, this liquid-mousse formula glides onto skin without streaking. Long-wearing, water- and transfer-resistant, this remains looking ‘like new’ when you need it, yet still washes off easily when ready.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (£6.66) is a cult classic. A lightweight aerosol sheen of golden glow, it helps to cover visible veins, uneven skintone and imperfections. Don’t expect it to cover everything – it has the perfecting appearance of sheer, tan tights – but with a dry time of 60 seconds it’s handy to keep around. If you prefer the control of a liquid, they also have Leg Make-up (£9.33).
Moving on to hardier options, built to withstand water, sweat and long hours under hot lights, we find a mix of different textures and formulas. MAC Face and Body (£22), with its sheer to medium coverage, is ideal for unifying the different shades within the skin, perfecting with its film-forming texture. The more you work this foundation the more coverage you can glean from it – smooth on with hands (best for the extremely runny formula) and keep buffing in to achieve the level of coverage you want. It photographs beautifully, but it has been known to transfer – practice with it before trying on a bridal client!
Make Up For Ever also offer a unifying Face & Body formula, with a greater shade range in case you struggle at MAC. This has more of a gel texture, compared to MAC’s, and smooths beautifully across the skin. More of a satin finish, very skin-like, it is also long-lasting and water-resistant.
For a thicker-textured cream, try the Covermark Leg Magic Cover Cream (£26). This waterproof cream is easy to apply but has the added benefits of SPF16 and a level of coverage to cover birthmarks, tattoos, scars etc. It has great staying power as well, which can be used for at least 24hr continuous coverage.
Kryolan’s Dermacolor is obviously a great choice for intense, full coverage needs, but if you need something a touch lighter they also have the Perfect Body Foundation (£18.50). Ideal for athletes, due to its hard-wearing formula, it is moisture-resistant and appears very natural on the skin. It could be a good middle-ground between the sheer tints featured earlier and the deep pigments of Dermacolor.
Vichy Dermablend is the other option for full-coverage camouflage make-up. Available in a variety of formats, the range includes a dedicated body product in the form of the Total Body Foundation (£29.75). The shade range isn’t fantastic, but if you can make it work then it’s a great product.