In the time it takes to squeeze into these undergarments, they promise to make you look kilos lighter. They’re particularly good under party attire or clingy clothes when you want to hide the muffin top and saddlebag thighs.
However, health experts warn that shapewear is only a temporary fix and shouldn’t become a wardrobe staple or replace exercise and a healthy diet. There have also been suggestions that the way they compress your organs isn’t good for your overall health. Still, they’re handy in emergencies. Every beauty expert and stylist will tell you that a golden glow will help to elongate your legs, mask any dimpling on your limbs and make you look healthy. You can do it yourself with a self-tan product, or visit a professional spray tanner, who will know what colour will suit you and ensure it’s applied evenly. Turn to page 7 for fake tanning tips from b+s beauty expert Donna Duggan.