Every Brilliant Fake Tan You Need To Know About

Every Brilliant Fake Tan You Need To Know About
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Vincenzo Grillo
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We might be loving the fact that the sun's out, but getting our pasty limbs out is a whole other story. Check out our round-up of the best fake tans to make sure you really do get that all-over gorgeous glow...

Was getting your legs out for the first time this year a little traumatic owing to their supreme whiteness of hue? Don't worry; fake tanning formulas are just getting better and better, so now quickly achieving a bit of bronze without any of the damage of pesky UV rays is a distinct - and believable - possibilty. 

Before you get going, you should probably read up on how to apply fake tan; even the best formula will look caked and streaky if applied to skin that isn't properly prepped. And, yes, that means exfoliation and moisturising. Also, don't apply yours and then just squeeze yourself back into your skinnies - instead, wear loose-fitting clothing and make sure you read the instructions on when to wash it off so that you look tanned, not tangoed. 

If you're not a seasoned fake tanner and therefore aren't au fait with the myriad pitfalls, make sure you apply with a mitt - tanned palms are not a good look on anyone. Also, try deploying the advice we got from top tanner to the stars James Read and apply a thin layer to your armpits - avoiding it is a tell-tale sign of a fake tan. That said, the bottom of your feet and your palms are no go zones. Finally, make sure you wipe any tan out of brows and from your hairline. We've got you covered if the worst happens, though - here's how to remove fake tan in three simple steps.

Now, all you have to do is pick the fake tan for you. A final hint before you plough into the gallery: creams, gels and mousses have come on a long way, so choose the formula that best fits your skin type and that you feel comfortable using. Now, to the edit of our tried and tested winners... 

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