7 Expert-Approved Tips To Look Tanned, Fast
Before a special occasion (weddings spring to mind), there's a lot of prep to be done: finding an outfit, deciding on your hairstyle and perfecting your makeup and nails. But, what's that, you've forgotten to apply your self-tan the night before and now you look like Casper's paler cousin?
This is a situation we've all too often found ourselves in. And while we're all for that gorgeous porcelain tone, if you're not blessed with an alabaster complexion, then a tan is an easy way to make your skin look glowing and flawless.
So what's the quick fix? Celebrity tanning expert for St. Tropez, Jules Heptonstall, has a fast, fail-free way to tan in five minutes.
"This is called patchwork tanning. It's essentially tanning just the bits that are on show and drawing the most attention to where you want people to look. This isn't about looking super toned, it's about walking into a room and people looking at you and thinking your skin looks amazing."
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"You need to see where you want to be tanned, so put your outfit on. Which bits of your body are going to be on show? Work out what you need to show off and then make sure you take your dress off, there's no good squeezing a bottle of tanning lotion and getting it all over your clothes!"
"You really need to use a mitt, as you won't have time to remove fake tan from your palms. Use St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion (£15), and squeeze it onto the mitt to apply."
Ed Note: If you don't want to use a tan that develops then try a wash-off instead. We love Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer (£20).
"Don't be shy with how much product you're using. Just make sure you use the same amount for each area you're covering. So if you're using a 50 pence piece size for your right shoulder, do the same for the left."
"You need to tan everywhere that your flesh is showing. This means a white foot can be a dead giveaway. A good tip is to ensure that you do your feet last. Simply wipe your feet with the excess left on the mitt and cover your whole foot, the sides of your feet, ankles and lightly on the toes."
"This ensures that the product stays on you and doesn't drip, if you're in a hurry this is the best way to speed up the process."
"If you're panicking about your face, grab some St. Tropez Instant Tan Lotion (£10) and mix it with your foundation to fake a healthy glow."
"Powders are perfect for helping your tan stay in place. Anything oil-based WILL destroy all your hard work and move the tan off your body. Translucent powder fromworks incredibly well but bronzers are great for intensifying the colour or for adding a healthy sheen, a quick dusting and you're good to go."
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St. Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face and Body Lotion Light/Medium (£10)