Get Ahead of Dry Winter Skin With This $30 Dupe for Tom Ford’s $165 Body Oil
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On the lookout for the perfect body moisturiser to keep your skin soft and supple this winter? I got the tea.
If you had one question to ask Kylie Jenner‘s makeup artist, what would it be? That’s what I thought pre my interview with Ariel Tejada, Kylie Jenner’s go-to makeup artist and the creator of some of her best looks.
Scrolling through Ariel’s Instagram before our conversation, I saw plenty to ask about. What lipstick is she wearing? What makes her look flawless in every photo (it’s not what you’d expect), what was it like working around the lion’s head at Schiaparelli? There were a lot of answers, but my biggest question scrolling through countless images of Kylie on Ariel’s page? What gives her body that lit from within soft golden glow?
I guessed Tom Ford, Soleil de Blanc Shimmering Body Oil ($165). I’m an ex-makeup artist, and it’s one of the most popular body products in most editorial and bridal MUAs kits. It’s infused with gold and platinum leaf, instantly illuminating the body. It smells of creamy amber and sandalwood, with cardamom and pistachio notes are thrown in, and smells like summer in a bottle. It also costs three figures and is an oil — a tricky formula to work with when manoeuvring around your slinkiest, sexiest evening wear.
The Kylie Jenner Approved Dupe
Imagine my surprise when Jenner’s MUA spilt the tea: “I really love a cheap body cream from the drugstore — Eucerin. It’s like this intensively moisturising body moisturiser,” said Ariel. I remember seeing plastic tubes and tubs of Eucerin all over the place when I briefly lived in America.
Eucerin is a dermatologist-recommended body moisturiser formulated with conditions like eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis in mind, along with harsh climates (I remember the emptied shelves of pharmacies during New York’s coldest winter). Unlike Soleil de Blanc, Eucerin wasn’t formulated to take you to the Amalfi cost, nor does it have expensive ingredients. It’s formula includes petroleum, mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin and glycerin. It has a thick consistency and needs to be worked into the skin.
Eucerin is available in a few different formulations. Ariel reaches for the thickest consistency, Eucerin, Original Healing Cream ($29), when ramping up Kylie’s glow. Like other heavy-duty moisturisers like La Mer, Eucerin Original Healing Cream needs to be worked into the skin. “When you rub it into the skin, you have this crazy glow,” says Ariel.
While Eucerin isn’t available on Australian pharmacy shelves, it is available at iHerb.
With winter on its way, we’ve also rounded up some of the best body moisturisers available on Australian shelves.
The Best Body Moisturiser for Glossy Limbs
Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion
Enriched with almond oil and sea minerals Nivea, Essentially Enriched Body Lotion ($21) non-greasy, super-absorbent lotion that sinks into your skin and leaves it feeling like silk. With a sleek, pump bottle with is a mess-free option for winter mornings.
The Best “It Girl” Body Moisturiser
Khiel’s Creme de Corps
Featured heavily in any New York “It Girl”’s top shelfie Khiel’s, Creme de Corps ($64) is consistently rated one of the best body moisturisers. With a luxuriant, balmy texture and natural ingredients like jojoba oil, squalane and shea butter Khiel’s Creme de Corp has a comforting honey scent and will leave your skin nourished in a flash.
The Nostalgic Classic
The Body Shop, Shea Body Butter
We all had a tub of this and a pot of watermelon lip balm in high school and we can confirm, the body shop, shea body butter is still bloody good. Thick and luxuriant with fair trade cocao butter this is still an exceptional option.
The Celebrity Endorsed Body Moisturiser
Fenty, Butta Drop
Rihanna has the smoothest, silkiest limbs in the beauty biz so as always, we’re buying what she’s selling. Fenty Skin, Butta Drop ($65) is an oil cream that gives all of the slick sexiness of a body oil, with none of the mess.
The Forever Selling Out Viral Body Moisturiser
Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum
The hype around this body butter is real. With caffeine packed guarana Sol de Janeiro, Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($65) provides an instant tightening effect while acai and brazil nut oils nourish and smooth and cupuacu butter, packed with fatty acids, protects. What makes this butter *so* popular? The rich sweet scent of salted caramel, vanilla and pistachio. Indeed, the scent is so addictive its spawned several spin off fragrances. It’s a scent that kills drab winter vibes in seconds.
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