For Abs Like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s, Try Bronzing Powder-------
We started writing about crop tops two Septembers ago, when they began popping up at the Spring 2012 collections. It’s taken a while, but the look has officially gone mainstream. Last night, ModelCo ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s famous abs made an appearance at the makeup brand’s launch party. She wore Calvin Klein Collection, for the record. Now that the weather is on our side—it’s 86 but feels like 92 degrees here in New York today—we’re tempted to try the trend ourselves. Compared to Rosie, though, we’re what you might call six-pack-challenged. So before we whip out the Calvin, we’ll be dipping into our makeup bag for a little extra definition. An editor friend recommends this two-step process: First, even out the skin tone on your stomach with foundation (try MAC Face and Body Foundation). Next, highlight your muscles’ natural contour lines with a matte bronzing powder (such as Lancôme’s Long Lasting Bronzing Powder). “If you were doing your face,” she says, “you’d finish with a shimmery highlighter on the high points, but for abs, I think shimmer would look a little ‘exotic body dancer,’ so I’d skip that step.” We promise to report back on Project Midriff before the end of the summer.