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How to Fake Tan, Toned Arms for the Rest of the Summer

For when the (safe) sunbathing and kettlebells aren't cutting it.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than five million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

Over the past few months, self-tanner has become my best friend — with a pair of dumbbells coming in a close second. (Apologies to my husband and my actual friends.) I'll admit, my arms have never been my favorite physical feature, and during the summer months when sleeveless tops and swimsuits make up most of our daily uniforms, the self-consciousness starts to kick in. Hard.

Thanks to regular exercise (I've been mixing it up with strength training, boxing, Pilates and spinning), my arms have toned up considerably, but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't wish they were still a bit more lean. Since I don't plan on completely cutting out carbs or sugar anytime soon, I'll take a little cheat where I can get it — that's where this YouTube tutorial comes in. 

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Sure, this video is cheesy (and clearly sponsored by a brand of self-tanner) but it teaches a contouring technique that's worked pretty well so far for me this season. By applying a darker shade in the shadow of your bicep and the under part of your arm by the tricep, you can create the illusion of slimmer arms and a sun-kissed glow — no kettlebells required. While I do not suggest skipping the gym altogether (c'mon, it's good for you!), this trick might convince you to spend a little less time in a grossly lit weight room and more precious hours outside enjoying the rest of the summer.

Front page photo: Victoria's Secret Swim