Fake tans are back on the agenda - it's offish. Sure, we've had a few days of proper sun, but our pasty limbs aren't feeling ready for an outing - yet.
Even if you’ve had a little beach vacay, it’s probably pretty much worn off since you’ve been back in the office and there’s nothing wrong with boosting the colour as well as making it last. (Here’s how to maintain a tan.)
Whether you’ve got a wedding and you want to bronze your fair skin, or you just feel like giving yourself a little glow to compete with the girls who’ve been away all summer, find the best fake tan for your skin type to look and feel summery and bare leg-ready.
Thankfully, fake tanning formulas are just getting better and better, and a gorgeous healthy all-year-round glow is a genuine possibility. Not only does it make you feel fresher and less like hibernating but it's not harming like those pesky UV rays. All in all, it's definitely worth it. (‘It’ being the application bother, slight after-scent and risk of turning your collars a rusty orange.)
How to apply fake tan? Our best fake tan tips are to apply it before bed, sleep in loose clothing you don't mind getting bronzed, and then washing it off in the morning to minimise that infamous biscuity smell. (Hashtag fake tan problems.) And don't forget the mitt to avoid that classic error: tanned palms. If all goes wrong, never fear - here's how to remove fake tan, in 3 simple steps.
When it comes to fake tan, we're sort of past the point where anything goes. We want bespoke, natural-looking tans that last, with no rogue streaks or tell-tale tidemarks. But with so many products out there, it's easy to get stuck using your old favourite without trying the new-on-the scene formulas – which might actually be better suited to your needs. Or, you may be braving it au natch this year - are you team faux tan or no tan?
Even if you’re generally a natural look girl, we can all do with a bronze boost once in a while — just check out the best fake tans for pale skin, like Madame La La in Light and Clarins’ Liquid Bronze which you just add to a moisturiser. The formula is also one of the best fake tans for sensitive skins. If you just want something failsafe, try the best gradual tanners.
The need for natural, which has overcome the beauty industry in the last few years, has reached the tanning world too. Though in the past, organic products may not have filled people with optimism, there’s nowadays there’s some serious self-tanning contenders. The best natural fake tan we’ve tried is TanOrganic — an easy-to-apply oil that actually smells perfectly pleasant.
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