Golden tanned skin is always tres popular in the beauty world – but we all know that bronzed skin is safest from a bottle, not the sun. But while embracing the faux glow is better for both health and skin, there are certain tricks that will keep things easy, golden and even – rather than patchy, time consuming and, well, orange (see picture for example).
Top faux glow tips – get a spray tan
The easiest way to glow is to head to your local spray tanning specialist. A spray tan can be customised to what will work for your skin, usually lasts for a full week, and even better, comes out even and golden all over. But there are some spray tanning points to keep in mind. First, talk to the tanner. Tell them what you want (and if you’re new to to all, start with the lightest shade to be safe). Ask questions about the tan spray they use. Is it suitable for sensitive skin? How does is work on different types and shades of skin.
There are a few drawbacks to a spray tan. Firstly, it’s expensive, especially if you get them done regularly. Secondly, you’ll have to strip down (we’re talking panties, or for the best effect, birthday suit), so make sure you’re comfortable with that. Thirdly, you really need to go in clean, with no make up, moisturiser or even deoderant, then not wash it off for about 9 hours so it can develop. But, particularly for a special occasion, it’s worth it.
Top faux glow tip – tan in a bottle
There are a myriad of DIY fake tans on the market. It’s easy to choose your preferred depth of tan, and apply it from your own bathroom. St Tropez offer a great range of products, from tanning mists, to mousses, to even tan extenders to prolong that golden glow. Ella Bache also has a good array of different tanning products that suit a variety of skin types, and ModelCo’s ‘Airbrush In A Can’ can give you the seamless look of a spray tan whenever you like. On the cheaper end of things, Palmer’s ‘Bronze Sunless Tanner‘ is just as a effective, smells yummy, has a built in bronzer – and is a snip at under $12.To be honest, it’s one of The Beauty Sneak‘s personal faves. Just remember, with any of these sunless tans you need to EXFOLIATE like a demon first to remove any dead skin cells (and guarantee an even application).
Gradual tanning is a more subtle way to build up a golden bronze, combining a gentle glow with a body moisturiser that you can use every day. It’s a great way to gradually get to the colour you want – and perfect for beginners. Palmers do a great one called ‘Natural Bronze‘, which keeps your skin soft as a baby’s, all while giving you a natural tan. Dove ‘s ‘Summer Glow‘ is another such easy-to-use gem.
Top faux glow tip – bronzers for face
The Beauty Sneak not a fan of the tanning one’s face with a DIY, since it’s a tricky one to hide if things go pineapple shaped (or orange coloured). So bronzers are key to keep your face and body all matchy-matchy. A good bronzer is a great investment – whether you’re tanned or not. It gives you a quick boost of instant colour, and can be a great beauty pick-me-up when you’re feeling a bit blah.
Stila’s ‘Sun Bronzer’ is a fantastically easy way to sweep on a gentle tan. And Too Faced’s ‘Chocolate Soleil Bronzer‘ not only delivers a great colour, it smells like – you guessed it – chocolate. On the more affordable side of things, Natio serves up both powder and liquid bronzers to give your face a golden tan, without costing a bomb.
So it’s easy to get that natural ‘I’ve just spent a week at the beach’ look without patchy colour, hours of effort or too-orange skin. But remember, whether you’re rocking a fake tan or not, make sure you ALWAYS have sunscreen on.
Do you prefer bronzed, beach bunny skin, or the flawless porcelain look? Share, and pass on your top tanning product (if you have one).