Tips for get­ting that bronze glow

Los Angeles Times - - IMAGE - By Alene Daw­son Twenty-four hours prior, but for last-minute emer­gen­cies I can do a two-hour ex­press tan the morn­ing of the event. im­age@latimes.com

We’ve come a long way since the “tanorexic” early 2000s and the or­ange to oth­er­worldly hues celebri­ties like Paris Hil­ton pa­raded on the red car­pet as if leather-look­ing skin was an up­mar­ket ac­ces­sory. The decade faded with the In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer’s 2009 re­port adding ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion from tan­ning ma­chines to its high­est can­cer risk cat­e­gory: “car­cino­genic to hu­mans.” But the de­sire for a bronzy, beau­ti­ful glow is still deep. For some tips on how to look nat­u­rally tan with­out UV ex­po­sure, we talked to Ka­t­rina Brown, St. Tropez’s West Coast “skin fin­ish­ing” ex­pert whose work has been seen dur­ing fash­ion week, on tele­vi­sion (“The Voice,” “Danc­ing With the Stars”) and in mag­a­zines in­clud­ing Sports Il­lus­trated. What is the big­gest change in tan­ning since the early 2000s?

In the early days, a lot of tan­ning prod­ucts did go or­ange and peo­ple over­did it, whether they got brownor or­ange.... Now the color tech­nol­ogy is bet­ter and the tan­ning trend in L.A., es­pe­cially with celebri­ties on the red car­pet, is about hav­ing a nat­u­ral color and not look­ing like you had a spray tan but just look­ing like you have beau­ti­ful, glow­ing, lu­mi­nous skin.

The other thing, with re­gard to get­ting a pro­fes­sional air­brush tan, is I know how much prod­uct to use for it to look nat­u­ral. For at-home, achieve a nat­u­ral color by go­ing just one to two shades darker than your skin color. The St. Tropez tan­ning trends web­site page has “vintage,” “pas­tel,” “luxe” and even “wed­ding day” tan­ning tips… I imag­ine a lot of peo­ple have prewed­ding tan­ning dis­as­ters.

Oh, ex­actly. I’ve had brides come to me with ab­so­lute dis­as­ters formeto try to fix. I al­ways rec­om­mend hav­ing a “bride trial” sowe can spray tan them, and they know ex­actly what color they’re go­ing to be on their wed­ding day. When brides wear white it au­to­mat­i­cally over ex­ag­ger­ates the tan so I al­ways do just one shade lighter. There’s a lit­tle trick to stop any tan com­ing off on the wed­ding dress. If the bride gets a lit­tle bit ner­vous and starts sweat­ing, you just dust their body down with baby pow­der to ab­sorb the tan that’s com­ing off the skin so it won’t ruin the dress. What prod­uct do you rec­om­mend for peo­ple whowant to get a glow with­out adding color?

I like the clas­sic for­mula, the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronz­ing Mousse ($42, sttropez­tan.com). It’s so easy to ap­ply. Agreat trick is to ap­ply the mousse with a St. Tropez [Ap­pli­ca­tor] Mitt ($6.50$10), let it dry and just rub a ba­sic mois­tur­izer over the ar­eas you’ve ap­plied the tan­ning mousse to even it out so it won’t be patchy.

Our One Night Only In­stant Glow Body Lo­tion ($9) is just a bronzer. It doesn’t have any DHA [the in­gre­di­ent that in­ter­acts with amino acids to darken skin]. It’s great for the red car­pet be­cause you can ap­ply it, then wash it right off in the shower. Another great prod­uct to il­lu­mi­nate your legs, chest or body is St. Tropez Dry Oil ($50). It has a beau­ti­ful shim­mer to it. I’ll some­times mix that with some of the Gold Skin Il­lu­mi­na­tor ($22.50). You know when you see celebri­ties pho­tographed and their skin is re­flect­ing and lu­mi­nous? That’s what I mix to­gether. On talk shows when a celebrity crosses her legs, they seemto just shim­mer.

Yes, that’s when you ap­ply the mix­ture [or even just the il­lu­mi­na­tor] fromthe knee right down to the an­kle on the front of the [shin] bone. You can also put a lit­tle bit on your clav­i­cle bone and on the side of the bi­ceps. You can also con­tour [with darker color] around the abs, shadow around the up­per thigh or the but­tocks— any­where youwant to look a lit­tle bit more toned. What are the big­gest mis­takes peo­ple­make be­fore and af­ter com­ing to you?

Be­fore­hand, not ex­fo­li­at­ing, in­clud­ing un­der the arms and be­tween the breasts, so [the tan] will be a lit­tle un­even and not last as long. I re­ally like to spray peo­ple who are freshly show­ered. Af­ter­ward, if they wash their hands, or spill wa­ter on them, it’s like wet paint. You’re kind of left with drib­ble lines. So be­ing around wa­ter isn’t a good idea. The other thing is they go and do a Pi­lates class.... Not a good idea to sweat in a tan un­til af­ter your first shower. If some­one’s got a big event, when should they cometo you? Howdo youmake your tan last?

Mois­tur­ize ev­ery day af­ter ev­ery shower and wash un­der the arms and in­ti­mate ar­eas with body­wash; use just wa­ter to clean wher­ever youwant your tan to last. Ex­fo­li­ate where you want your tan to come off.

ST. TROPEZ prod­ucts in­clude Skin Il­lu­mi­na­tor ($22.50), left, and, from the self-tan line, Luxe Dry Oil ($50), Ex­press Bronz­ing Mousse ($44) and Bronz­ing Mousse ($42).

Pho­to­graphs by St. Tropez

KATE MOSS is the new face (and body) of St. Tropez self­tan, which can­make skin bronze with­out us­ing a tan­ning bed.

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