Sure, we'll work on long-term cellulite fixes like hitting the gym more often and drinking more water. But hiding a few errant dimples in hours (or even minutes) sounds a whole lot better. “You can really camouflage the orange-peel look of cellulite with a good sunless tan, which makes your legs look longer and leaner,” says Kristyn Pradas, a certified airbrush tanning specialist at Senses New York Salon & Spa. We picked her brain for tips on how we can get a perfect at-home bronze.
Step 1: Use the right formula. A lotion or a foam is easier to apply without streaking than a spray. Try: Jergens Natural Glow & Protect Daily Moisturizer With SPF 20.
Step 2: Exfoliate in the shower; it reduces dry skin, which could otherwise soak up too much of the self-tanner.
Step 3: Apply one light coat of the self-tanner in a circular motion to your whole body. Do, however, avoid your feet. They tend to stain too easily. Wash your hands (and in between fingers) thoroughly.
Step 4: Wait two minutes for the first coat to try. Then apply a light second coat only to the areas where you have cellulite. "Making those areas slightly darker helps camouflage the bumps," Pradas says. Wash your hands again.
Step 5: If you’re in a time crunch and can’t wait the four or so hours for the self-tanner color to take effect, try body makeup. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. Spray Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs into your palms and rub it in even strokes onto your legs. Then blend it like you would foundation. The spray takes just a minute to dry and won’t come off on clothes.
What are your secrets for camouflaging cellulite?