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A Beauty Product for the Perpetually Clumsy

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Body makeup has had a tough week. But let’s say you have an almost daily habit of waking up in the middle of the night to pee and walking into your coffee table on the way back. You stumble back to bed, and by the end of the week you have a nice crosshatch of gnarly leg scrapes. (By “you,” it should be clear, I mean “me.”)

Look, I’m not endorsing a full-on beauty routine for your body. But if you have a special event and want to look less like a fourth-grader who just took up soccer, Vita Liberata’s Body Blur can change that in a mere minute. It’s a light, almost scentless, easily blendable paste that glides smoothly over your skin. Use a little to diffuse the darkness of any scars and make your skin look more even-toned. Use a little more, and you’ll appear just slightly tanned.

This isn’t full-coverage body makeup. Its lightness is part of the appeal — it’s more like tinted moisturizer. It’s a 30 to 40 percent improvement at most, which I consider really good for something that’s so easy to apply. If you’re wondering why you can’t just use tinted moisturizer on your legs, well, you can, but regular tinted moisturizer is a little too light to make much difference, plus it will rub off on clothes, sheets, and white furniture. This won’t. It won’t last all night, but it will last a good portion of it — and wash off easily in the shower.

I’ve found that this tends to work better on those with warmer skin tones, as even the lightest shade is a little too peachy for the very fair. It comes in four shades of oat-milk latte, from Latte Light to Latte Dark.

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A Beauty Product for the Perpetually Clumsy