Give darker skin a gorgeous summer glow with Ayesha Muttucumaru's pick of the best skin finishes

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If like me the thought of getting your legs out after having them hidden away for what seems like an eternity is nothing short of petrifying, then look no further than these glow-getting, complexion-lifting summer skin finishes for darker skin tones.

Whether it’s a subtle sheen you’re after or a glisten that even a Cullen would envy (apologies for the Twilight reference, I’m unashamedly Team Edward) these five skin perfectors are my favourites for getting limbs preened, polished and prepped for the smallest of summer shorts…

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR


This nourishing multi-purpose oil can be used on face, body and hair and provides a sophisticated shimmer to sun-kissed skin. I particularly like applying it to highlight the collarbone and décolleté.

MAC Face and Body Foundation


To help even out skin tone, try this silky textured foundation from MAC to provide natural looking coverage for both face and body. It boasts an impressive shade range too.

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NARS Body Glow


The rich chocolate shimmer in this deliciously scented skin oil adds an extra boost at night-time to leave it looking hydrated, smooth and super-healthy.

St Tropez Skin Illuminator in Rose


For something a little different, apply this flattering rosy hue to shins and arms for an instant luminous lift with a twist.

Thalgo Polynesia Sacred Oil


Enhance your summer glow with this lightweight, luxuriously iridescent dry oil. Tropically scented, you’ll feel like you’re 1,000 miles away, whether you’re in Barbados or Balham come this summer.

Beauty note: These products do not contain a sunscreen, so be sure to use an SPF too.