The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Shari Tagliabue -

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.

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