Total Body Makeover
Total Body Makeover
Tips for Looking and Feeling Thinner Without Exercising
A body brush offers big beauty payoffs. Use it dry and, beginning at your feet, stroke up the body in firm movements, always working in one direction toward the heart. This process stimulates the lymphatic system and leaves the skin feeling baby-soft. Pay extra attention to the buttocks and thighs—when paired with an anti-cellulite gel packed with skin-tightening caffeine, this ritual has a way of making your tummy and your bum feel svelte.
Even if you don’t possess a 0.7 waist-to-hip ratio (FYI: that’s the magic number scientifically proven to attract the opposite sex), the latest advances in bustiers, bodysuits and fanny-lifting briefs will cinch your waist and create the illusion of curves in all the right places. Seamless pieces enhance our good curves while taming tummy pooch, love handles and back bulge. If you do nothing else for your figure, buy a bra that has been custom-fitted by a professional. The right fit will make it appear as though you’ve lost five to ten pounds and perk up your bust line.
A sun-kissed glow will miraculously make your silhouette appear five pounds thinner. Stand up straight and make that ten pounds. Try a spray tan—it’s a safe, UV-free alternative to broiling on a beach or lurking about in a tanning salon. The best part? You’ll be beaming bronze in a jiff.
Double chin got you down? A powder bronzer or foundation that's a few shades darker than your natural complexion is your secret weapon for contouring (this trick is particularly helpful if you plan to appear in photos or on television, which can add pounds to even the thinnest gals). Apply either one where the jaw meets the neck, blending downward to create a shadowing effect. The darker shade will appear to make the area recede.
Getting ready to slip into a miniskirt? Blend highlighter cream with iridescent shimmer down the front of your shins to create the illusion of longer, more slender legs. The effect is even more powerful paired with strappy heels. --Stephanie Simons
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