I have been using body makeup for as long as I can remember. No, not to cover tattoos or stretch marks (I’m not ashamed of those), but to cover years of bruises and scarring on my legs caused by excessive shaving or acts of clumsiness like dropping a weight on your thigh at the gym (true story for another time).
Body makeup, to me, just helps even out my tone and keep skin looking smooth — and less like I got attacked by a pack of lions. Believe it or not, there are a ton of body foundations that claim they are the best, but for me, there really is nothing like the Vita Liberata Body Blur, after all it did win a 2017 Best of Beauty award.
Here’s the thing, finding a body foundation is a job for the FBI. OK, I’m being dramatic but it’s seriously so hard finding one that checks off all of my requirements: no transfer, lightweight, not chalky, and, most importantly, long-lasting. Body Blur does all of that and, to put things simply, does what it says it does: blurs texture and discoloration but leaves behind a luminous, moisturizing, and skin-like finish.
So, how does Body Blur do it? I checked in with cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson to find out. “This formula contains titanium dioxide, iron oxides, and synthetic mica that provide the product’s glowing, blurring, and full-coverage effect,” he says. Robinson adds that when it comes to the moisturizing benefits, I have glycerin and shea butter to thank.
There are five Body Blur shades, which might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that isn’t your typical foundation. It’s closer to a tint that will seamlessly blend in when you choose the shade closest to your natural tone For my skin, it’s the shade Latte, a medium-tan hue.
For application, I chose to use a mitt, similar to how I would apply self-tanner. If that’s not your thing, you can totally go in with your hands or a brush, but just be sure to wash them right after or you’ll have pigment on your palms. I evenly applied the lotion-like formula to my legs and buffed it in equally, really focusing on any discoloration.