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Makeup artist Allan Avendaño bronzed a bunch of the babes in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition and has a client roster that includes Gigi Hadid, Zendaya, Chrissy Teigen, and Sarah Hyland. His talents aren't limited to making sure that models are beach-ready; Allan's been in the business for years and has a sizeable list of editorial publications and red-carpet moments under his belt (that ombré lip Zendaya sported at her Barbie Doll launch? All Allan's idea).
His abilities with self-tanner are seriously impressive, and after watching him totally transform several models at a recent event, we felt safe asking him for some DIY tips on how to make sure you love the way your body looks in a swimsuit. Hint: don't underestimate a faux tan.
1. Find your light. The perfect shot needs perfect lighting. It's different for everyone when it comes to angles. I always take photos from above because I have a wide jaw. But I know there are many people that look better straight on. Just figure out your best angles and take lots of pics. Sometimes being backlit also gives your face a softer effect and it totally gives your photo a dreamy feel.
2. Camouflage imperfections. I have been using this amazing product lately called Body Blur by Vita Liberata. It's such a great product that helps cover blemishes, unevenness or scars on the body, but it's also safe for the face. It sets after applying and you'll have to wash it off with soap and water because it does set to a transfer-resistant finish. It's been a wonderful product to use on red carpets. It's not too sparkly but gives you a healthy glow.
3. Accentuate your abs. A good tan using Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse correctly and then using Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Powder are a great way to accentuate your abs. Follow the lines of your abs with a powder brush dipped in Trystals. It makes a huge difference especially in photos!
4. Embrace the bronzer. First my tip is to learn to be comfortable with your body and if you can change something, then work on the things that you don't like. One thing people overlook is how good a faux tan looks. Looking perfectly bronzed in a bikini camouflages uneven skin tones and makes your body look tighter.