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You don't have to hit the sands of Miami to show off a perfect faux tan. Here's how to master a healthy, sun-kissed glow.
A safe tan is a fake tan, so here are the secrets to smooth, even toned, tanned skin — straight from a bottle.
The endless summer tan
A light formula allows for less stuff-ups and streaks, so we're lucky there's a load of gradual tanners on the market this year. To prevent the inevitable tan fade, it's advisable to use a gradual tan moisturiser straight away. This keeps it topped up and flawless for longer.
It's all about the face
Let's be honest, it's that sun-kissed, glowing face that makes everyone look so super hot after a spray. And there's no reason you can't look like that everyday if you use a self tanner for the face.
It might seem like a pain to add another step to your skincare regime but it beats looking pasty or ashen.
We recommend the new Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Tanning Moisturiser for face, $9.95, because it contains cocoa butter, vitamin E, and a soy skin tightening ingredient, to keep skin firm. It also has SPF 15, so it'll give your skin an all-over natural bronzed glow while protecting it from the harsh UV rays.
The perfect prep
Applying fake tan yourself can be a chore, but the right preparation is vital for a long-lasting, even glow. You really must smooth away loose, surface skin cells fake tan tends to stick to.
Try massaging a face cloth doused with body wash over your entire body to create a smooth surface. It's also important to always rub body moisturiser into knees, elbows and around the edges of your feet to prevent ugly tell-tale tanning spots.
Plus, wear loose, dark clothing to bed afterwards and ensure you moisturise all over the next day — long showers and dry skin equal a fast fade so be sure to avoid them.
Prep must-haves: SunSense Pre-Tan Moisture, $9.50; SunSense Pre-Tan Scrub, $9.50; Aviva Organics Conditioning Body Polish, $48; The Body Collection Fabulous Fake Pre Tan Body Scrub, $12.95
Make-up or make down?
"Less is more" is so true when it comes to make-up on a tan. Not many touch-ups are required when your skin colour is already an even, caramel tone from hairline to toes.
The day after a spray tan, you may dab the thinnest veil of concealer around your nose to cover any redness, a touch under the eyes if you've had a late night, followed by a light dusting of mineral makeup down the centre of your face to deal with unwanted shine. Define the eyes with a coat of mascara and finish with a slick of nude gloss.
Acknowledgements: Cleo Staff
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