Skip to content

    What a difference a day makes: Get a flaunt-worthy physique with quick-fix tricks that actually work.

    By Nicole Pearl and Hallie Levine Sklar

    WebMD Feature from "Marie Claire" Magazine

    Summer Beach Body Special

    Marie Claire magazine logo

    While beachy waves are sexy, "a high ponytail makes the neck look long and thin," says Sacha Quarles, former stylist for Sex and the City.

    "With between-the-breasts as your canvas, use shimmery bronze to create depth and shimmery silver to feign the illusion of fullness," says Linda Hay, lead makeup artist for Victoria's Secret.
    MC recommends: Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Mosaic Luminous Bronzer

    To tone upper arms, Olympic gold-medal swimmer Melanie Valerio advises grabbing a can of soup in each hand, then, with arms bent in front of you at a 90-degree angle, lowering and raising them. Do three sets of 10.

    "Soak nails in freshly squeezed lemon juice to remove stains and leave tips clean and bright," says Ann Marie Cilmi of Bliss Spa. Follow with nail oil and buff to a shine.

    "To make the waist look narrower, use a white pencil liner to dot an egg shape on each side, starting below the rib cage. Fill in just this area with a self-tanner one shade darker than your natural skin and blend," says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas.

    Smooth and tighten the derriere by exfoliating with a caffeine-based scrub. Wearing a skimpy bikini? "Apply self-tanner all over exposed cheeks in one shade darker than tanned legs," suggests Barshop.
    MC recommends: Aspara Aromatics Kopi Scrub

    When legs need to be ready for their close-up, professionals call for makeup. "For camera-ready perfection, I use Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium Glow. It not only covers scars and tattoos but also makes legs look longer and calves more sculpted," says Wendi San George, head makeup artist for Deal or No Deal.

    "Rubbing a natural-bristle brush upward on dry skin can minimize skin dimpling," says Cilmi, "since increased circulation breaks up toxins."

    Some swear it is possible to melt away up to an inch — if only temporarily — with anti-cellulite creams. Massage cream into thighs, then wrap with Saran Wrap to seal in all-important heat. Remove after 20 minutes.
    MC recommends: Orlane Paris Slimming Contouring System

    To elongate legs, wear flesh-tone sandals with a single strap. Multiple straps can make legs look stumpy, says Deb Svarc, makeup artist for Pout cosmetics.

    Brush Up on Beauty

    URAC: Accredited Health Web Site TRUSTe online privacy certification HONcode Seal AdChoices