Alright you’ve made me blush…
Had lots of questions and emails this week asking which fake tanning products I use. I’m fairly religious with my faux glow maintenance and swing between spray tans, home application and wash-0ff variants.
I think you need a wardrobe because just like clothes – different occasions call for different tans.
Here’s a rundown of what’s in my tan cupboard – I suggest trying a few until you find exactly the right formulation and colour for your skin.
Let me know how you go.
A wash-off instant bronzer is a game changer. When you don’t have time to top up your spray tan or you throw on an outfit that shows your pasty legs unfavourably, this product will save the day. Again and again.
Apply them like you would a fake tan but only on the parts of your body you can see – legs, arms, decolletage, back. Give them a sec to sink in before dressing and heading off on your merry way. At the end of the day rinse it off in the shower.
CLICK TO BUY: Le Tan Body Bronzer, $12.99; Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint for Body, $52; Fake Bake Bronzer Instant Tan, $24.95.; ModelCo One Night Tan, $28; St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Body Lotion, $29.95*.
*This St. Tropez wash-off bronzer also comes in a mousse formula, which I prefer when it’s a 40 degree day and sweating is inevitable.
- Once you find a great technician treat them like a hairdresser and stay loyal. They will get better over time the more they get to know your skin, body etc.
- If the the event is really special get your tan TWO days before. This leaves room to fix errors which even the best tan technicians can make.
- Take it down in shade during winter – a super dark tan in the rain looks ridiculous and also fake.
- Sleep in it. Leave it on at least twelve hours before showering for a tan that holds and lasts.
- Moisturise like a maniac. Twice a day or otherwise it will fade like the bottom of a desert sea bed.
I’ve tried a lot of self tanners and by far these are my faves.
The secret to a great tan is using a mitt. It helps give you an even application and saves you from tan-hands. Not a good look. CLICK TO BUY: St. Tropez Applicator Mitt, $12.95; ModelCo Blend Buffing Mitt, $11.95.
Faces don’t tan as well as the rest of the body. Not sure why – they just don’t. To fix this you need a good bronzer. Like these two.