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How to Look Like You Have a Bikini Body

Updated on June 16, 2013

Bikini Body: Tips and Tricks

Have you ever wondered how some people just seemingly look ready for the beach? Diet, exercise, and genetics go a long way, but there are also some simple tricks that can help you achieve that bikini-ready body. Get ready to look your best!

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Bikini Slimming Tricks

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Block out to look slim. - The slimming color-block look that works so well on dresses works just as well with your swimsuit! You should make sure you only have one neon color. Generally, the rule of thumb is that you should have one bright, one bold, and one neutral color. Color-coordinating panels make you look trim in all the right places. For more information on how to use color blocking to make you look bikini ready, please see Embrace the Color Blocking Trend.

Here are some great color-blocking combinations:

1. Turquoise, Yellow, Orange

2. Coffee Brown, Pink, Peach

3. Purple, Bright Blue, Turquoise

4. Navy Blue, Bright Pink, White

5. Peach, Grey, White


Dress to flatter, not look fatter. – There’s no need to hit the gym for this tip, though doing so certainly wouldn’t hurt. Dressing to flatter is all about the size and placement of your swimsuit. Your bottoms shouldn't be too low on your hips, unless you want to make your hips look wider. Letting the bottom fit slightly higher creates a narrowing effect and brings the eye upwards.

Eat like a model for the day. – No, you don’t have to eat a single grape for lunch, but you should avoid foods that make you look and feel bloated. Replace juice, sodas, and salty snacks with water. Snack on foods that can keep you hydrated without excessive bloating. Watermelon and cantaloupe are great choices. In addition, make sure to consume foods that contain natural diuretics. Cucumbers, asparagus, lemon, and green tea are all natural diuretics that help reduce bloating. Lemon or cucumber water can do wonders to make you look slimmer.

Glow like a beach babe. - Create or emphasize the appearance of a toned physique with an application of self tanner or gel bronzer. By doing this, you’ll be able to even out your skin's complexion. This camouflages cellulite, and it gives you a healthy glow. You can even apply a bit more to define specific areas like your calf muscles or arms. Remember that darker shades absorb light and give a slimmer look, so focus on any area that needs to be slimmed. You can use toner and look more toned without even having to hit the gym! For more information on how to choose and apply bronzer, please see How to Apply Bronzer and Self Tanner.

Pony up. – Many fashion experts recommend the simple ponytail to make you look taller and thinner. Don’t put it in a ball or bun; leave it in a free-flowing ponytail. Ponytails don't have to be boring. There are many different styles that can be cute and slimming. For ponytail ideas, please see Ponytail Hairstyles: Keeping It Interesting.

Erase those bumps. - Get rid of annoying bikini-line bumps by applying chilled black tea. Black tea is a natural anti-inflammatory. Just apply it with a cotton ball, and watch those irritating bikini-line bumps disappear. If you don’t happen to have enough time to brew and chill black tea, look no further than your medicine cabinet. Neosporin will do the same trick, and you don’t even have to apply something cold to those delicate areas!

Shoes aren’t just for the evening. – Don’t wear straps or any kind of detailing that goes over your ankle, because it tends to make you look shorter. The trick is to wear skin-toned wedges that will elongate the look of your legs and make them look thinner. Everybody likes the look of thin, long legs!

Work it. - Do you know what bodybuilders do right before a competition? Yes, they use oil, and that’s one way to show definition. The other thing they do is a short workout. People look more toned right after a good workout. So, before you hit the beach, take a few minutes to get a good workout, and your body will show it.

Bikini Body Fitness: Bikini Ready Workout

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