Fashion Week Model Beauty Hack: Bronzing Oil

This trick’s got legs
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It’s not crazy to want to have the pristine, perfectly sculpted legs of runway models. With Fashion Week in high gear (and said gams in sight) I went in search of a solution for my envy. Turns out models have a trick to glossing up their legs: bronzing oil.

The key to glistening like a pro is to shimmering oil, but not one with chunky bits of glitter. The essence of a great California glow is in the precise blend of shine and color; too much of either can have the palest of skin tones looking like Lindsay Lohan’s long lost BFF (sorry, Linds).

Using product with bronzer in it may seem suddenly out of season, bt it’s not. I’m not going to ditch my body illuminator. Actually, I can’t think of a better accessory to pair with a one-piece shift dress or holiday thigh-high slits, which show off my 34” pins day or night. For the ideal mid-holiday tan, I like to think of Soleil Toujours Exotic Shimmer Body Oil ($56) as a BB cream for legs. Heavily scented with jasmine and orange, the sunflower oil-based bronzing slick helps elongate my legs while keeping them moisturized enough that I can skip a lotion, if I want to. The oil doesn’t hide the nicks n’ dents I usually get from a quick shave, but it leaves a not-too-greasy gleam (courtesy the ultrafine mica that catch the light perfectly) that does give the skin a smoother look.

I like that rosehip oil is included to the plummy blend because it helps teensy scars fade more quickly. Eco-conscious fans will be relieved to know the vegan oil is free of chemical nasties like parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and color, and even gluten, and it is completely hypoallergenic.

I don’t think the bronzer is fully sweat-resistant, but you also won’t find it fading throughout the day. I suspect it’d even enhance those traditional spray tans some of you pop into a strip mall for occasionally. I’m thinking of my one British friend who can’t stand the thought of skipping a biweekly spray session in fear of paper white skin peeking out from under her black Tees. Dear Friend, sunless, healthy skin with a boost of radiance is the new black, I say.


A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.

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