|Photograph: Christopher O’Donnell
Fake tan. It’s something I do most days without even thinking about it (especially in the summer). It’s almost a taboo, associated with teenage years, horrid smudge marks and tacky nightclubs. I’ve never done spray tans, it involves way too much organisation on my part but I swear by self tanning, so thought I’d share a few of my favourite brands I’ve used over the years (I called them in for the purpose of the shoot, but all trusted and used by me previously):
- I don’t do everyday tan really, I’m too timepoor, so would rather do it less frequently and it last longer. All of these tans I have chosen work to that effect. I go for a medium tan (I have done dark which has looked good but hard to get off your hands!).
- The key to making it look even is to really rub it in, especially around those joints. Don’t leave it feeling wet. When you get to your hands, do a circular motion and kind of glide over your fingers lightly, don’t rub it onto your fingers.
- Try and do it before you go to bed so that you can shower off any excess in the morning and scrub any problem areas (should you need to!).
- Don’t overdo it. I do it maybe twice a week during the summer, and try to top up with sun. I apply it as and when, and don’t make it part of my routine, so I don’t ever look too orange.
- Do look in stores like TK Maxx, I have spotted James Read tan in there, as well as Decleor.
- You don’t have to do the whole body if you don’t need to. I often just fake tan my chest as that’s the part that is exposed to the sun the least (weirdly, my legs stay brown all year round).