Fact: Celebrities are constantly glowing as they’ve just gotten back from vacay. Fact: Celebrities are not actually born glowing as they’ve just gotten back from vacay. So how do the likes of Gigi Hadid, Jasmine Tookes, and Karlie Kloss keep their limbs sun-kissed all year long? Spray tans are probably part of the answer, but so are some key products and tips. Kiss your pasty legs goodbye and keep scrolling for nine self-tanning secrets from the ever-glowing set.
Gigi Hadid swears by one key product: Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body ($65). “It’s the best tanning glow for your skin,” she told Elle.com. “It’s just a little bit of color, a little bit of glow. It highlights in all the right places, and it’s great.”
When Julianne Hough told us her entire everyday beauty routine, we zeroed in on one particular product: Pretty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion ($29). “It’s perfect because it's not too much color—you don’t feel like you're caking on a big-time self-tanner,” she explains. “It’s just something I’ll put it on that morning before getting dressed, and it washes off at night. It comes in four different colors. And it’s really dewy. It leaves your skin feeling really glowy and fresh. I’m obsessed with it.” Something tells us we’ll be obsessed too…
Everyone—including Kylie Jenner—knows that when you get a spray tan, it fades on your face first. Thus, she told Cosmopolitan that she carries around Suvara Spray On Sun Bronzing Spray in Medium to Dark ($35) to keep her complexion consistent. “You spray it, leave it overnight, and it makes your face tan again,” she explained.
To accentuate your glowing skin Victoria’s Secret Angel style, channel Jasmine Tookes and layer your products. “Before hitting the beach, I always make sure to use sunscreen, and then to have a nice glow, I like to use Nars Monoï Body Glow ($59) on top,” she told us exclusively. “It gives you that perfect sun-kissed bronze skin!”
Karlie Kloss told us she thinks body bronzer is “key,” whether you’re out with your girlfriends or just want an instant tan. The one she swears by? Victoria’s Secret Instant Bronzing Tinted Body Spray. It's sold out for now, but try James Read Instant Bronzing Mist($38) or L’Oréal Paris Sublime ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist ($10) for a similar effect.
Australian It girl Lara Bingle is the queen of bronzed skin, and her tips are simple: Moisturize daily, rub a lemon over any streaks to fade them (buff the area with a damp towel), and do everything else first. “If you need to get a wax or a manicure, touch up your hair color, or shave your legs, do it before applying any self-tanner because all of those treatments can remove it!” she said. Wise words.
Byrdie contributor Lindsay Ellingson has walked many a runway for Victoria’s Secret and knows a thing or two about looking like a beach goddess under a time crunch. She told us all the Angels get slathered by the brand’s Beach Sexy Tinted Body Lotion, which “has a little bit of shimmer in it.” But that’s not it—she also uses the Instant Bronzing Shimmer on top of the lotion. “It’s a thick puff that has shimmer powder inside of it,” she says. “It’s not like major, in-your-face glitter; it’s just very natural. It looks sun-kissed.”
Ed. note: Both products are no longer available, but try Urban Decay's Naked Skin One and Done $36, and layer the brand's Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body, $34, on top.
When bronze goddess J.Lo mentions products she likes, we’re still all ears, and one of those products is Scott Barnes Body Bling ($42), a tinted body lotion. She told Allure, “I occasionally do a self-tanner, but I hadn’t in a long time. I did one right before the Golden Globes, but otherwise, I hadn’t done it in five years. Usually, I just wear Body Bling.”
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