How To

Get your top-to-toe glow on this winter

Black opaques are the bees knees – permitting four-to-five blissful months of unashamed leg hair growth, and eliminating the need for frantic post-work/pre-party shaving fiascos (more haste – more likelihood that your legs will resemble two cat-scratching posts. Been there. Haven’t learned…).

All this being said, there’s something about bare, (artificially) bronzed limbs in mid-winter that differentiates you from the masses – like the fairy on top of the Christmas tree, all eyes are drawn to the woman with the guts to flash some flesh when all around are cloaking theirs – especially when that flesh is enviably honeyed (and blemish-free).

A good scrub is crucial – exfoliate with Sol de Janeiro’s (sunshine infused) {Brazilian Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub ‘N Mask} to eliminate scales whilst replenishing moisture, so skin feels silky soft and nourished.

Follow with a close, non-hurried shave – gooseflesh-induced prickles are a no-no. Take your time (stick a jolly album and this {face mask} on), and use Aesop’s slippery {Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum} to ‘cushion’ skin and reduce risk of redness and rashes.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – we rate Omorovicza’s incredible {Firming Body Oil} – it sinks in almost instantly and provides protection from the elements. Or try Kai’s {Body Glow} – a dry oil mist that leaves no trace, other than the heavenly scent of Hawaii’s white flowers (and enviably dewy skin).

Vita Liberata’s {Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish} is beloved by the likes of Gigi Hadid, and is available in one, colour-adaptive shade to blur imperfections and lend limbs a soft-focus finish. The results are miraculous – bruises, blemishes and thread veins virtually vanish – while the cocktail of skin-kind ingredients helps to condition whilst camouflaging

Elongate with an illuminator – applied along the shin bone (think ‘contouring’ for legs), it makes limbs look leaner and longer. Tan-Luxe {The Gloss} is perfect for gilding your pins, or opt for something a little more ‘party’ – Nuxe’s {Huile Prodigieuse Or} contains tiny, glimmering golden flecks for ultimate – understated – enhancement. Apply any excess to exposed shoulders, décolletage or even cheekbones, and get set to get glowing.

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Verity Ann Douglas

Verity Ann Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…