Self-tanners have come a long way since their debut, but it can still be a scary guessing game trying to master the art of perfectly bronzed legs. You run the risk of looking too orange or too streaky, and if the application really goes awry you’ll probably have some very unnatural dark spots around your knees and ankles. After doing the right thing by avoiding tanning beds and arduously slathering on your SPF when you’re in the sun, it’s really not fair to be stuck with a bad self-tan. With so many products on the market promising a faux golden glow, the trial and error process that comes with them is less than appealing. Thankfully, Violet Grey has done the work for us and put together a simple three step guide to achieve bronzed perfection in just minutes. If you have a little more time and want to take your glow to the max, you can’t go wrong with allure’s ten commandments of self-tanning. Like they said, self-tanner applications may fade, but the pictures will live on Facebook forever.
When we think of using makeup to look younger and more radiant, mainstays like mascara and eyeliner come to mind. But Molly Stern, the makeup guru who got Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon ready for Hollywood’s biggest night, took a different approach—and the results were undeniably gorgeous.
“I wanted Reese to look like she’d just come back from a relaxing vacation, even though she’s been doing so much press and so many red carpets over the past few months,” Stern told Allure.
To create a just-back-from-the-tropics glow in the dead of a particularly mean winter, she employed a combination of body bronzer, darker foundation and blush, all strategically applied not only on Witherspoon’s face, but on her arms, neck and chest to ensure a subtle, even look. Get the full how-to on Allure.com.
Fat-melting lasers? Vampire face-lifts? These days, the menu of anti-aging procedures at any given medical facility probably sounds a little like science fiction. And, as Allure points out, when it comes to plastic surgery, “new” does not necessarily equal “better.” If you’re skeptical as to whether or not the latest fast fixes are anything near what they’re cracked up to be, it seems you’re a step ahead of the game.