THE EXPERT FAKE TAN TRICKS YOU NEVER KNEW
Your ultimate guide to faux that glow this summer 10 The Tan Commandments
Most of us know that we should exfoliate before fake tanning, apply to clean skin and that hot showers, sweat and oil are immediate postbronzing no-nos. However, you might not realise that buffing on a layer of talc before you go to bed can stop you staining your sheets with tan. Read on for more pro tips youõll wish youõd always knowné
. Avoid irritation
Wax 48 hours before fake tanning so that the pores will have closed and any wax residue will have been rinsed off the body. Prefer shaving? Do it the day before you tan to avoid redness. Look loves Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, £9.99, as it’s perfect if you’re worried about any irritation.
Your elbows, ankles, knees, feet and hands develop darker than anywhere else, so using an oil- free moisturiser prior to tanning will give a more even finish.lookloves Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Crème, £34.
3. CREATE A Claw
To get self-tan in your knuckle creases, bend your fingers so your hand looks like a claw. If you cover all the body’s nooks and crannies, your tan will look more natural when you move.
. GO slow
Fake tan looks more effortless when applied gradually, so try a light layer three days before your event and assess how it develops before building up colour with another layer the next day. The longer you take to apply your tan, buffing and getting all the right areas, the better your colour will be. St Moriz Advanced Pro Formula Dry Oil Self Tanning Mist , £9.99, Superdrug, is a great, buildable shade.
. Stop at your ankles
Avoid overly tanned feet and hands by applying a lighter amount of faux tan towards your wrists and ankles. Mix in a small amount of tan with your hand cream for sun-kissed hands and blend with your body moisturiser for lightly bronzed feet. But always apply using gloves or a mitt. Try Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, £19.
. protect your hairline
Having a spray tan? If you’re fairskinned, blonde or a redhead, ask your tanner to apply moisturiser or Vaseline around the hairline and over your eyebrows before you’re sprayed. Vaseline Lip Therapy, £2.99.
8. close your pores with peas
Just like dry patches of skin will absorb colour, so will open pores. Rub a bag of frozen peas over your legs before you apply self-tanner to prevent loads of little brown spots from appearing. The cold will help to close any enlarged pores.
. Make your own back Mitt
Long-handled body brushes are great for exfoliating your back, but they can also help you with tanning that hardto-reach area. Simply put your mitt – covered in fake tan – over the bristles and apply colour down each shoulder and over the middle. Genius, right? We love Cherry Lane Bath brush, £1.99. Combine it with St Moriz 5 In1 Advanced Pro Formula Tanning Mousse, £7.99, Superdrug – the smooth texture glides over the body, making it easy to apply.
10. Stop Staining your Sheets
Jordan Cook, St Moriz’s expert tanner says: ‘I find that if you buff in a little bit of talc lightly all over your body before bed, this stops any transfer and doesn’t make the tan any lighter.’
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