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Sure, I love that spray tans and self-tanners give me a faux glow without UV damage, but what I actually love most about them is the fact that they kind of double as a full body concealer (or at least tinted moisturizer). When I have a fake tan on, I admittedly feel more confident without makeup and I like the fact that my stretch marks, bruises and other blemishes are a bit more concealed under the layer of pigment. So, when I discovered that liquid body bronzers (or body makeup) was an actual thing, I couldn’t believe it had taken me 28 years to stumble upon this incredible beauty category.
In fact, last Halloween, I invested in a pair of tan panty hose to fake the fact that I’m not super fair (I was dressing up as Pamela Anderson Lee), and thought to myself after seeing the photos, “why don’t I wear these more often?” Probably because up close, it’s fairly obvious that you’re wearing a demi-shiny pair of stockings, which is where these liquid body bronzers come into play.
If you’re looking for a quick fix glow that’ll last you just the night for a big event or photo opp, body bronzers are the next best alternative to old-fashioned pantyhose — and they don’t feel quite outdated, frankly. While the advantage of a DIY self-tanning job or in-salon spray tan will last you up to 5-7 days, body makeup doesn’t require 4-6 hours to develop and will rinse right off if you make a mistake (unlike self-tanners).
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
My friend who is a professional salsa dancer recommended this product to me and I’m totally hooked. It covers my stretch marks, dark spots, bruises, you name it. It also doesn’t transfer onto clothes or furniture, which is a major plus.
L’Oréal Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer
If you’re on the fence about body bronzers, this is your best bet. It’s an entry-level and beginner-friendly product that gives you gradual, yet noticeable results. It’s pretty foolproof. But, if you’re in a pinch, you’ll need to allow it 24 hours to show up.
DIBS Beauty Status Stick
Swipe this clean, vegan bronzing stick across your face and body for an all-over glow. It contains skincare-like ingredients to nourish and smooth skin, plus there’s zero mess with the convenient stick form.
Vita Liberata Body Blur
Celebrity stylists love to use this body makeup to hide their client’s “imperfections” on the red carpet. It’s available in five shades and somehow does not transfer on your clothes at all.
Isle of Paradise Disco Tan Instant Wash-Off Body Bronzer
Get an instant, wash-off glow with this nourishing bronzer that contains avocado, chia seed and coconut oils.
Sol Body Face & Body Makeup Foundation
There are 12 shades of this affordable body makeup that leaves a natural-looking, soft-matte finish that doesn’t transfer.