The Easiest Way to Cover Up Tan Lines + A Splotchy Chest
Alright ladies, this is the one trick you need to know when it comes to completing your beach-babe look in the summer. We put bronzer on our faces to help enhance and define our features, so why stop there? We have all had that dress that may not hold our girls in the best way but is too good everywhere else not to wear, or you might have tan lines that clash with your attire from too much fun in the sun, or maybe if you’re like me, you tend to get flushed after the first sip of anything alcoholic, but are not staying away from the margs this time around! Good news: you already own what you need to brush up your décolleté, and you can get this done in a matter of minutes!
Step 1: Apply Foundation
Use a flat foundation brush or beauty sponge to apply a thin layer of foundation (you can just use the same foundation that you use on your face) to any exposed skin that is above your dress line. The objective is not to use a ton of foundation here, just a small amount to tap into your skin to help even out the tone as well as provide a base for your bronzer powder to adhere to later. If you have tan lines, then you can go a little heavier with the coverage to help conceal and blend them in with your skin.
Normally when you bronze your face, it is best to pull the bronzer down onto your neck to help blend. This is a continuation of that step. From your neck, continue bronzing your upper chest area onto the tops of your shoulders. This is going to help to start that sun-kissed glow that you may be lacking, or will help blend in any tan lines that you may have from being in the sun too long.
Step 2: Bronzer Up!
Flex those muscles! That’s right, this will help show off what you need to bronze up. Remember this bronzer will help create shadows and depth. So applying the bronzer on the inside of where your muscles are will give the illusion that you are more toned in these areas!
Step 3: Don’t forget your arms!
Need better cleavage? Get it immediately. Go ahead and lift your boobs up as if your hand was a really amazing push-up bra (channel your inner Janet Jackson for this, ladies!). On the upper breast, apply a bit of bronzer to create the illusion of a shadow or shelved area. Do this to both of your girls! It is the simplest way to enhance what ya got without having to wear a super padded bra.
Step 4: And give the girls some attention too!
Look at that glow!
Going backless? Have a friend help you apply to your back. You can try this on your legs too if you are wearing a short dress — just be sure to secure with a setting spray so the powder stays in place! Make sure to blend your product in well so there are no signs of your faux glow.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)