Skirt season is upon us. For those who prefer a little glow, instructions follow.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Photographed in the studio with VIOLET GREY
After a winter spent hibernating in pants and tights, your legs may have taken on a spooky pallor. To reintroduce them to society — and daylight — without scaring children and skittish pets, an application (or two) of self-tanner is in order.
Below, Kira Nasrat, makeup artist at VIOLET GREY’s flagship boutique (and the woman behind the flawless visages of Jamie Chung, Margot Robbie and Olivia Thirlby), offers her simple three-step guide to achieving perfectly bronzed limbs in mere minutes.
Instantly Bronze Legs
To ensure your tan turns out even and streak-free, first you’ll need to slough off any dry winter skin (think of it as prepping the canvas). In the shower, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of La Prairie Gel Body Exfoliator into your palm and apply onto leg in broad, circular strokes. Repeat with other leg. When exiting the shower, take care not to dry off completely.
Lock in residual moisture with Rodin Luxury Body Oil, a rich blend of essential oils that absorbs completely into the skin. Pay special attention to areas prone to dryness like the knees, ankles and the edges of your heels. If not adequately hydrated, they can over-absorb the tanning formula and look dark and blotchy.
Self-tanning can be an admittedly messy business. To avoid sullying the floor or staining your hands, stand on a towel and slip on a pair of disposable gloves or mitts. Pump a dollop of St. Tropez’s One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion (Nasrat praises the quick-dry formula for delivering immediate subtle, just-back-from-the-beach color) into your palm. Use a mirror to ensure even coverage and no missed spots and apply in broad, even strokes, working from the feet up. Note to commitment-phobes: the color washes off easily with soap and water.