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):
|L-R: Decleor, James Read, Bondi Sands and Vichy. Tray: £9.35, Hay. Hand cream:£23, Byredo
1. Decleor Aroma Sun Expert
self tanning milk, £24, Feel Unique
I’ve been a fan of this for years: it glides on easily, is uncoloured and leaves a really subtle but warm glow.
I’ve used this for a few years now: it doesn’t break the bank, it’s a bit more subtle than the others so hardly any streaky marks, and it’s gentle enough to use on the face too.
3. James Read overnight tan
, £35, Asos
A new obsession (recommended to me by a blog reader through Instagram!). I’ve never used much product on my face before as it brings me out in spots, but this overnight tan goes on clear like a serum (so no messy pillows) and you wake up looking fresh and without the need for as much make-up – the dream. I tested out the body serum for the first time last week and trust me, it’s worth it. Plus no wasted time wondering around in a dressing gown waiting for it to dry!
4. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold
dry oil, £14.99, Boots
I really like this brand – it’s the only fake tan that actually smells nice (like coconut suncream!) but also I love that you can just pick it up easily from the High Street. The dry oil is probably not for beginners, but this would be a great one to take on holiday to work with your holiday glow. And maybe don’t apply near carpet(!).
- 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).