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While critics might have found her new film Passengers less than inspiring, Jennifer Lawrence’s series of elegantly scant red carpet ensembles have inspired us us to show a little skin over the pending party season. Plus with temperatures are set to soar across the country over NYE, the timing for a chest, back and shoulder-exposing outfit has never been more fitting. However if the thought of flashing a little skin is a tad terrifying, start prepping now with our ‘Return of the Back’ plan.
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Start by slotting a body scrub into your routine, stat. Frank’s coffee scrubs have a cult following for good reason, while Sephora’s Express Body Scrub and Mask, which is spiked with papaya extract and clay – leave it on for a minute to slough away dry skin to leave your chest and shoulders smooth and radiant. Apply self-tanner on the 30th and rinse in the AM, or choose an express option NYE morning for a lighter look and less fuss. A mitt will make for a more even application, or try the back tan applicators from ModelCo and Bondi Sands, which make reaching around a streak-free cinch.
The next step is scent. Apply a rich body lotion after every shower from now until NYE night – when your skin is warm it’s more susceptible to soaking in moisture. Opt for a lotion that’s hit with the same perfume that you’re wearing on the night, it will settle into your skin and last all night. Our current obsession, the new Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lumiere fragrance and lotion pairing will make just as much of a statement as what you wear on top of them.
A fresher, vanilla spiked take on the original, Velvet Orchid Lumiere eau de toilette spritzes on slightly sweet with hints of honey and mandarin, before settling into a floral bouquet of Turkish Rose, jasmine and of course, orchid. Finally the sandalwood and myrrh at the base will linger on your skin well beyond your last sip of Bollinger. Before you head out the door, pat your limbs, back and collarbones with a shimmery body oil or balm that will capture the light, and people’s attention, all night. Here’s to a glossy New Year.