Body Makeup Tips

While most makeup is for your face, sometimes you need to hide flaws or tattoos on your body. Learn how to use body makeup like sunless tanner.

Skin brightening

Skin brightening

For dull, tired skin, there are many magical remedies on the market today. Skin brightening has become quite easy with products like Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub and brightening pen skin. But before you add such products into your skincare regimen, you’ll want to start exfoliating at least twice a week. This will remove dead skin cells that make your skin appear dull. Also make sure that you drink plenty of water – proper hydration is essential for flawless skin. Lastly, you should steam your face once a week to open up your pores and deep-clean your skin.

If you have naturally oily skin, start using a scrub like Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, which will help improve skin tone and reduce shine. If your skin tends to be dry, invest in a brightening mask or a cream like Shiseido brightening cream. Such products will infuse your skin with moisture while brightening your complexion. If you follow all these steps, you should start noticing more youthful and radiant skin within a few weeks!

Body glitter & body bronzer

Body glitter & body bronzer

Don’t let your face have all the fun. Some strategically applied body glitter or body bronzer can do wonders for your body, highlighting your best assets and drawing attention away from less-favored parts.

If you’re going strapless for a night out, brush some Silken Earth body shimmer onto your shoulders for an eye-catching look. Glitter body spray will do as well, though you should be careful not to be overenthusiastic with your application. After all, you’re going for a special touch, not middle school throwback!

Body bronzer is a great product for adding some color to your body. Some body bronzer comes in liquid form, otherwise known as sunless tanner, which lasts longer than powder bronzer but is trickier to apply. When applying liquid bronzer to your body, the trick is to get it even and avoid streaks or overdoing it. That said, don’t be intimidated – follow these steps for flawless application:

  • Exfoliate in the shower for smoother bronzer application post-shower.
  • Once completely dry from your shower, use your palms to evenly apply bronzer all over your body. You can dilute the bronzer with body moisturizer if you want to achieve a lighter tan, but be sure to dilute it evenly so that some parts of your body don’t end up drastically lighter than others.
  • When you are finished applying, wait until the bronzer is completely dry before you put any clothes on, unless you want to add some color to your clothes!
  • While you’re waiting for the bronzer to dry, wash your hands with warm water and soap to remove excess color. You may need to scrub the palms of your hands and your nail cuticles with whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush so that they don’t look unnaturally dark.

Using powder body bronzer as opposed to liquid is an easy way to highlight décolletage. Simply take a powder brush and sweep bronzer down the middle of your chest. Also sweep bronzer along the top of your bustline, following the natural shape of your bust.

Covering varicose veins, freckles & age spots

Covering varicose veins, freckles & age spots

The large majority of people have imperfections on their bodies that they wish to cover. Whether you have varicose veins, age spots or freckles that you hate, don’t worry – flawless skin is only a few steps away. But before you make a mad dash to try out these tips, remember that what you consider a flaw may be invisible or endearing to someone else!

  • The easiest way to cover varicose or spider veins is with clothing. Opt for long or cropped pants whenever possible, or try donna karan pantyhose. Poolside or on the beach, tie a flowy sarong around your waist if you are not comfortable just wearing your swimsuit.
  • As with tattoos, you should use a creamy foundation to cover varicose veins or age spots if you choose to use makeup. Depending on how dark your varicose veins or age spots are, you might want to start with a layer of concealer that is lighter than your skin color, and then blend foundation over that.
  • If it is freckles you’re concerned about, don’t be too hard on yourself – freckles are lovely! However, if you are adamant about covering them up, try a Christian Dior foundation, which provides medium to heavy coverage. Top it off with some powder to ensure that it stays all day. Always remember that you should be matching your foundation to your skin color, not your freckles.

Covering tattoos

Covering tattoos

If you like the idea of body art but are hesitant about investing in a permanent tattoo, you have many temporary options. Consider the following art forms:

  • Body paint: While body painting might bring to mind nude models wearing only elaborate latex paint, body painting also includes smaller designs on clothed bodies. Of course, if you’re not nude-shy, full body paint can be quite beautiful. Use latex body paint, which usually sets within ten minutes and is fairly easy to remove.
  • Makeup design: Makeup design is similar to body painting, but it usually refers to a specific body part, for example eye makeup design. Much of makeup design is inspired by theatrical makeup, though the results aren’t necessarily theatrical. If you just want an exotic look for a night out or special occasion, ColorOn EyeEnvy kits provide you with peel-off cream eyeshadow appliqués in exquisite patterns that would be hard to produce by hand. For example, the exotic kit contains animal print appliqués, which might be too wild for a regular night out, but would be fun for Halloween or a costume party.
  • Henna: Henna is a plant that produces a rich red-brown dye, traditionally used in the eastern Mediterranean to adorn young women during holidays and ceremonies. Today, henna tattoos are popular alternatives to permanent tattoos. The application process is completely painless, and the tattoos usually fade within two weeks. If you are confident in your own artistic abilities, pick up a henna tattoo kit; otherwise, seek out a henna tattoo artist for professional application.

Covering tattoos

Covering tattoos

Whether for professional or personal reasons, every now and then you just need that tattoo of yours covered up. If strategically placed clothing won’t hide it, consider using camouflage makeup. You’ll need camouflage makeup that is a shade lighter than your skin, creamy foundation that matches your skin, powder that matches your skin, and a good concealer or foundation brush.

  • Cover the tattoo with the light camouflage makeup. Wait for the makeup to dry completely before you proceed onto the next step.
  • Brush on a layer of the creamy foundation over the camouflage makeup. A good product is Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer. Wait for it to dry, and then repeat as many times as necessary for the tattoo to be completely covered.
  • Finish with a layer of powder.

How to apply body makeup

How to apply body makeup

The phrase “body makeup” doesn’t necessarily mean body glitter or carnival-style body paint; body makeup can also be used to polish up a look. As mentioned above, spray foundation is a great tool for achieving flawless legs without tackling the task of shimmying into pantyhose without ripping them. Here are some tips for airbrushing your legs:

  • In the shower, exfoliate your legs with a scrub or loofah, and shave.
  • Dry your legs off completely. Do not put on lotion – it’ll keep the spray foundation from staying on. Try Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.
  • Start spraying on the foundation from your foot up. Work slowly, and spray lightly. You can always go back and add another layer for more color; if you spray too much at once, it’s hard to undo.
  • When you get to the back of your legs, skip the back of your knees. The creases back there will collect a lot of color and look unnatural or even dirty.
  • Wait for the first layer to dry. If the color is too light for you, repeat steps three and four until you’ve achieved your desired level of tan.
  • Wait for your legs to dry completely before you put on clothes. If you notice uneven spots, a little lemon juice will help even them out.

Spray on makeup for body

Spray on makeup for body

If you are looking for a quick, easy way to achieve flawless skin on your body, try spray-on makeup. While you won’t have as much application control as you would with a creamy body foundation and brush, you’ll end up with even skin. A product like DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation is the real-life equivalent of airbrushing.

Spray-on makeup is great for legs in the summer months, when it’s too warm to wear pantyhose. It’s also a confident-booster during swimsuit season – however, be forewarned that it is not waterproof. But as long as you stay out of the water, you’ll fool everyone with your flawless skin!

Foundation for body

Foundation for body

Applying foundation on your face is likely a standard part of your makeup routine, so why not try it on your body? With corrective body makeup, you can cover up any imperfections, just as you do on your face. While applying foundation for body daily might not be practical, you might want to try it for special events. For example, if you are planning on wearing a dress that shows leg to, say, a wedding, you can cover up that unsightly bruise on your leg with foundation.

When shopping for corrective body makeup, you’ll want to look for a creamy formula that will effectively cover skin flaws. Try CoverBlend makeup; CoverBlend makes a concealing treatment that is smudge-resistant and contains SPF 20. Additionally, it is water resistant, so you can apply before you go to the beach or pool.