If Miss America can do it, so can we. In light (or shade, or light and shade) of the recent speculation that Miss America Mallory Hagan created the illusion of killer abs with “performance enhancing substances,” we’ve put together this guide on how you, too, can make it to fake it.
If you’ve never owned a pair of abs before, start by Google imaging a pic of someone with ‘em so you know where they should be. Next, “draw” a vertical line down your abdomen all the way to your belly button. Then on either side of that line, to define your obliques, create two more.
The Self-Tanner “Rip-Off”
For a quick and easy fix, self-tanner is the most straightforward solution. If you make a booboo and the lines have become too predominant, use a dry loofah to tone down (don’t worry – you’ll still looked toned; just not in a “woah those puppies are definitely fake” sorta way).
The Spray Tan “Rip-Off”
If you’re a diva with dollars to spare, rule out the risk of screwing up. Instead, head to your local spray tan salon and ask the experts there to create the illusion of muscle definition. Seems weird but really, there’s no need to get embarrassed. They’re totally used to the request.
The Makeup “Rip-Off”
Makeup can be used on more than just your face. Take your t-shirt off and get to work on faux firming up that tum-tum. Apply bronzer in broad strokes around where your 6-pack should be. For the finishing touch, brush over with a shimmery mineral powder (many contain SPF and can work as an extra layer of protection for when you’re sunbathing).
The Airbrushing “Rip-Off”
To achieve Sports Illustrated level perfection, airbrushing (yourself, not the computer) is the answer. Easy to apply straight from the can, the lightweight spray will leave you with a leaner, more naturally fit-looking torso that’ll last longer than traditional makeup.