With your skin soft and your hair silky smooth, it’s time to move onto beauty. With a lit­tle touch of pre-hol­i­day tan and some make-up prep to make sure your cos­metic bag re­mains un­touched on hol­i­day, next on the list is glam­ming it up.

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1Get a glow

While most peo­ple tend to go on hol­i­day to top up their tan, the thought of wear­ing a swim­suit when you’re still re­ally pale can be daunt­ing. If so, put on a light layer of grad­ual tan to give your­self a bit of glowy con­fi­dence.

Be­fore you leave:

Be sure to ex­fo­li­ate your body, get a wax or shave be­fore you ap­ply­ing self-tan. How­ever, you should also leave 24 hours min­i­mum be­tween it all to avoid the tan ir­ri­tat­ing your sen­si­tive skin.

Tan­ning Tip 1 Be­fore tan­ning your face, place a damp face cloth in the freezer for 10 min­utes then place it gen­tly over your face for 30 sec­onds. This will close the pores and en­sure the self-tan doesn’t sink into them.

Tan­ning Tip 2 Al­ways use a tan­ning mitt (or glove) to ap­ply your tan. This not only helps to dis­perse the tan evenly across the skin

for a flaw­less ap­pli­ca­tion, it also pro­tects your hands from stain­ing.

Tan­ning Tip 3 When sleep­ing with self-tan on, try keep­ing your arms and hands over the du­vet. This helps to avoid trans­fer­ence of colour onto the palms. If tan does end up on your hands, work a lit­tle olive oil into the stain and then go over with a salt scrub to tone it down.

Fi­nally, it’s time for your nails and noth­ing says ‘hol­i­day’ more than a glossy, bright colour. Re­mem­ber to get your toes done too, after all you’ll have bound to have splurged on some gor­geous san­dals.

Be­fore you leave:

It’s best to have a man­i­cure and pedi­cure a cou­ple of days be­fore your hol­i­day to make sure they last a good while. Gel nails are the away for­ward for a hol­i­day-proof man­i­cure as they can last up to four weeks. How­ever, if you haven’t got time to go to a salon, make sure you use a good base and top coat to get the most out of your colour.

Dur­ing your hol­i­day:

If you de­cide to go for gel nails, you won’t t have much main­te­nance to keep up on hol­i­day. But be sure to use a cu­ti­cle oil if nailbeds are look­ing par­tic­u­larly dry, and rub in to give them mois­ture. If you give your­self a home man­i­cure, pop in a clear top coat to your make-up bag. This will pre­vent or cover up any chips if you top nails up dur­ing your hol­i­day.

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