I’LL HAVE THE MOUSSE
Iadmire women who plan ahead for events by selecting an outfit and booking a hairdresser, tan, wax and nails.
I am not one of these women. About two hours before heading out I’ll try on a few things, hastily apply a speedy tanning mousse and, while I’m drying, do my hair, nails and make-up.
This method isn’t for everyone, but there are times when you need a fast tan, and mousses are a gift from the “getting ready” gods.
I’ve tested a pile of them (a different brand on each limb over many weeks — you’re welcome) and here’s the upshot.
Xen-Tan’s thick velour tan application mitt is my pick, but always wear a rubber glove underneath or clean hands with a make-up wipe immediately after in case any seeps through.
Apply in long strokes and go easy on joints — knees, ankles and elbows, they pick up more product.
Some products smell stronger than others with St Tropez scoring my pick for yummiest fragrance.
Surprisingly, all brands colour your skin to the same shade! For paler skins, Fake Bake’s 5 Minute mousse is the least scary when applying as it is lighter in colour.
By all means get a spray tan, but for the cash or time poor, dare to DIY with mousse (try a test run first!). It’s fast, fabulous, and virtually foolproof.