Body Contouring 101
Toned abs and slim thighs without a gym membership? Yep, it's possible. Grab a bottle of self-tanner and we'll explain
Every time you get a good professional spray tan, they do some subtle contouring -- whether you realize it or not. That's because contouring takes a fake tan from flat to natural looking and makes your legs look half the size.
How exactly? It's all about optical illusions. "You don't want to look like you're contoured, just faint definition," says Tamar Vezirian, owner of Gotham Glow in New York City. "It should be faded out so you almost can't see it -- you'll just seem more toned than usual." Excited to try it? Read on for body contouring tips so you can get started today.
Start with an all-over tan
Think of this step like prepping the canvas. "First, self-tan your whole body, and wait for the color to develop. Then, shower to rinse off the excess," say Vezirian. "You need to start with a nice, even base color before you contour." If you plan to contour with self-tanner, Vezirian suggests using the same formula in the same color you used for your all-over tan. "You may be tempted to go darker, but don't," she explains. "Layering the self-tanner is what creates the contour."
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