“Start with a small amount of bronzer. You don’t want to look like you’re covered in frosting or like a Jersey Shore extra.”
Whether you’re offff to a much-anticipated TIFF premiere in a leg-baring gown or donning a sleeveless shift for a glam dinner party, you’re likely in need of an A-listworthy glow— and fast. Instant body bronzers are a perfect option; unlike gradual self-tanners, they offer golden results in minutes. “They even out skin tone by minimizing imperfections and adding a slightly deeper glow, which is very photo-friendly and great for HD cameras,” explains Toronto makeup artist Sheri Stroh, who has worked with red carpet regulars like Selena Gomez and Carly Rae Jepsen. “But,” she cautions, “a little goes a long way.” We asked Stroh to share her best body-bronzing tips.
1. Prep your skin “Use a moisturizing body scrub in the shower, paying special attention to dry areas such as elbows and knees. Then apply moisturizer to all exposed areas. Once skin is hydrated, apply the bronzer with your hands. I keep a damp Body Blender sponge close, along with a large, fluffy makeup brush, to buff and blend excess product and avoid streaks.” 2. Choose matte “Matte bronzers are great when your skin needs extra help. They add more of a velvet finish to the skin and hide imperfections better than their shiny counterparts. Shimmery lotions, while amazing for adding glow and dimension, can sometimes call attention to blemishes and bumps, so they should be used more sparingly on these areas. It’s best to have one of each so you can create your own customized finish.”
3. Use a light hand “Start with a small amount of product. You don’t want to look like you’re covered in frosting or like a Jersey Shore extra. Also, don’t go thinking that the more tan, the better. If you have a porcelain skin tone, don’t buy a product for darker skin tones.”
4. Give it time “Apply the product before getting dressed so that it has some time to set. Some brands say they’re transfer-free but I always exercise caution.” 5. Clean it off “Use a body oil to really break up the product and then rub it off with a washcloth. Then use soap or body wash, and keep natural baby wipes on hand for any areas that you may have missed.”
“Matte bronzers add more of a velvet finish to the skin and hide imperfections better than their shiny counterparts.”
Penélope Cruz perfectly bronzed on the TIFF 2015 red carpet.
This water-resistant bronzing lotion is perfect if you’re in a rush—it dries in a flash, doesn’t streak and has virtually zero transfer onto fabric.
ST. TROPEZ ONE NIGHT ONLY FACE & BODY LOTION IN MEDIUM DARK, $20, SHOPPERS DRUG MART
Start using this selftanning dry oil a few days before your event. Free of DHA (found in most stinky self-tanners), it bronzes with a raspberryderived ingredient. HAND CHEMISTRY GLOW OIL, $30, CHEMISTRYBRAND.COM
A beachy-scented body gel, this lightweight formula works best to blend in tan lines, but it can also be layered for an overall glow. BENEFIT HOOLA ZERO TANLINES, $39, SHOPPERS DRUG MART
This all-natural tinted body lotion comes in five shades—all with a light shimmer that blends in easily for a subtle finish. PRTTY PEAUSHUN SKIN TIGHT BODY LOTION IN MEDIUM, $49, WAXON.CA