While there’s an exciting surge in accepting your cellulite and loving the skin you’re in, which we fully support, sometimes you just want a smoother appearance for a night out. Cellulite is stubborn and hard to get rid of, but luckily makeup experts shared some of their best tips on how to camouflage any unwanted ripples using makeup, skin care and some solid tricks of the trade. Wherever your cellulite is giving you grief, give these tips a try for smoother-looking skin in minutes.
Use a dry brush beforehand
Before you dive into applying makeup to your body, you first have to prep your skin, just like your face. “When it comes to any type of texture on the body, I first want to make sure the body is exfoliated and well hydrated,” says celebrity makeup artist Colby Smith.
Celebrity makeup artist Jenna Nicole suggests using a dry brush to exfoliate. She says she always keeps one in her kit to exfoliate the front of her clients’ legs to prep them for makeup. By using a dry brush in small circular motions, you’re “buffing away dead skin cells and revealing a smoother layer,” says Nicole. “It also helps stimulate circulation, allowing for a smoother application of product.” Nicole notes that she likes Dr. Barbra Strum’s The Body Brush ($35). Make sure to moisturize after your dry-brush session.
Mix body oil with body makeup
Celebrity makeup artist Kindra Mann says, “the best way to smooth the appearance of cellulite with makeup is to mix a little bit of a body oil or a concentrate in with body makeup to give it a sheer appearance.” Mann says she likes to use The Organic Pharmacy’s Detox Body Oil ($68) since it’s formulated to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Use a product with light-reflecting properties
Nicole recommends using a bronzing cream with light-reflecting properties to help make the skin texture appear smoother. “This is great for when pictures are taken as it reflects the flash and blurs imperfections.” Nicole notes that she likes to use the Dolce Glow Bronzing Shimmer Topper in MIA ($46) to achieve this look.
Find the right shade
Finding the right shade in body makeup can be challenging since there are fewer options than face makeup. However, this step is the key to success. Celebrity makeup artist Ehlie Luna suggests Tinge, a body beauty brand with 12 shades. They sell the TINGE tint ($48), a hydrating body tint. Luna says the formula is the “most elegant” she’s experienced in leg makeup.
Try using makeup that is slightly more tan than your skin
While experts don’t generally advise you to jump up a color in makeup, Smith says it’s useful when trying to camouflage cellulite. “Using a body makeup that is slightly more tan than your skin color will help with the appearance of cellulite,” he explains.
Use a blurring product
A blurring product will help soften the appearance of cellulite. Smith suggests Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish Latte ($39). He says the product provides an HD coverage while adding a bit of self-tan, which doesn’t end up streaky or patchy. It doesn’t only hide cellulite but also spider veins and other impurities, says Smith.