Hang on a second. For a woman who recently admitted she no longer uses fake tan, Victoria Beckham’s legs looked enviably tanned and glowing when she stepped out at LAX airport last week. Demonstrating exactly how summer legs should be made the most of in Chloe sandals + Carven skirt and with Baby Harper in tow, if a full-on St Tropez faux glow is off the table, we can only assume she’s discovered the best kept secret in beauty – the luxe gradual tanner.
Coveted by A-listers and beauty insiders alike, the luxe gradual tanner is a discreet daily fix of sunshine and delivers the kind of expensive, jet set golden glow we can see VB working here. Easily applied in a hurry, the main difference between these high-end gradual tanners and cheaper alternatives is the pampered, hydrated and spa like sheen they leave on your legs. Not to mention the totally tango-free tint of Maldivian bronze…
When it comes to luxe gradual tanners, these really are the cream of the crop...
Want in? The Bentley of luxe gradual tanners is the new Crème De La Mer The Face And Body Gradual Tan, a heavy weight investment at £65 but cost per wear works out very well (Cheaper than a beach holiday or regular spray tan, you know!). Luxe Swiss brand La Prairie also offers a similarly pampering product; packed with anti-aging ingredients it plumps and firms the skin (Especially on the knees) as well as bronzing it. What’s not to love?
Remember that your legs and toes come as a package, so remember to give your tootsies a bit of TLC to make your pins totally A-list worthy. Venus and Braun beauty therapist Nathalie Eleni says, “Complete perfect pins with a splash of nail varnish on your toes. Go for a pop of red to complement your new glowing skin tone and if it’s a few days of, just drop a little oil on them to revive the colour!”
Beauty expert Leighton Denny believes the key to getting to perfectly bronzed pins is all about the preparation. Create the perfect canvas with a good body scrub, worked on to dry skin for maximum results, remembering to pay particular attention to elbows, knees and heels. We were lucky enough to catch up with Leighton himself last week, who revealed his tanning secrets for perfect pins a la VB...
With any self-tan, moisturise first before applying yourself tan, then once applied highlight on top to make the skin look dewy and flawless on camera.
Using layering techniques with your fake-tan can definitely give the illusion of slimmer, more toned limbs and body definition. Apply a base colour tan first, ideally the night before, and darken any areas you want to contour, tone, slim with a darker self-tan. Finally, highlight with a bronzer to define, illuminate and accentuate. Apply this down either side of the legs (outside and inner) which will instantly make the legs look narrower by drawing the eye to the middle area. You can also apply down your calf bone to make your legs look slimmer or longer.
3. Don't forget the face!
There’s lots of contouring you can do on the face to slim down particular areas. To contour a wide nose to slimming effect, apply a darker bronzer over a self-tan base to the outside of the bridge and keep the centre lighter.
So are you ready to get the VB legs? Stock up on the following products pronto...
* Clarins Radiance-Plus Self-Tanning Everyday Lotion, £29.50
* This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38
* Decleor Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Glow, £31.50
* Xen Tan Transform Luxe, £25
* Shiffa Energising Body Oil, £50
* Guerlain Terracotta Huile Du Voyageur Dry Oil, £37
* Germaine De Capuccini Perfect Forms Firm & Tonic Oil, £39.95
* Vaseline Hydrating Aloe Fresh Body Gel, £4.69
* Light Legs Crackling Mousse from KIKO Make Up Milano, £12.90
For the full 411 on Miss Beckham's perfect pins, check out this week's issue of Grazia, on sale tomorrow.