How to fake tan: an expert guide on how to achieve a natural, golden glow at home

When the British summertime fails you, these simple self-tans won't let you down. Follow our expert guide on how to achieve a flawless tan, whatever the weather.

Getting a natural-looking, no-streaky golden glow at home is no mean feat. Thats why we asked a tanning expert for his insider tips on how to avoid a tanning disaster at home.

Jules Von Hep, celebrity tanning expert and co-founder of Isle 
Of Paradise, gives his top tips for better bronzing…

  • Shave or wax at least 24 hours prior to tanning and exfoliate with a dry brush or scrub. This means the final result will be uniform and fade evenly, just like a natural tan would.
  • Remove any make-up and deodorant but dont use cleansing oil as it forms a barrier to the tan. Apply an aloe vera-based moisturiser to elbows, hands, knees and feet, and if you are fair, to hairline and eyebrows.
  • The texture you choose is all down to preference. Mousse is applied to a mitt and then onto skin; Water is sprayed directly onto skin before being buffed with a mitt; Drops are worked into your face and body moisturiser for added hydration.

  • Always start from the ankles (not the feet, these come last!) and work your way up to the heart and chest. Apply your tan in sweeping motions over the body – never circular – to ensure even distribution.
  • When it comes to tanning the back, you can do this alone! Just turn your mitt backwards and apply product directly onto skin, sweeping from side to side.

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  • Apply two coats to the body and one to the face. Use what is left on the mitt to apply to hands and feet, and wipe in between fingers with 
a damp cloth after application.
  • Give your tan 5-10 minutes to set or speed up drying time using a hairdryer on the cool setting. Wear a loose outfit.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin wont shed as much and will hold onto 
the colour for longer.

The best fake tans – whatever your tanning style

  • Moisturises while you sleep

how to fake tan

Lots of tans require eight hours to develop before you can rinse, which is why the evening is a great time to apply them. But skin loses moisture at night, and dry skin is the enemy of a flawless glow. Thats why we love LOréal Paris Sublime Bronze Overnight Elixir Self-Tanning Night, £14.99. Full of moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, it leaves a perfect tan.

  • Works in an hour

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Last-minute legs-out situation? Nip+Fab Tan Express Faux Tan Mousse, £23.95, is a golden godsend. It works in as little as an hour so if youre in a hurry, rinse off the guide colour after 60 minutes. The longer you leave it on for, the deeper your tan. Wait two hours for 
a medium, olive bronze, and three hours for a darker caramel. And here comes the foolproof bit – the mousse contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate dry patches, ensuring an even, streak-free finish.

  • Best fake tan that will last

how to fake tan

Self-tan can dry out your skin, which causes colour to fade. Cue St Tropez Self Tan Watermelon Infusion Bronzing Mousse, £31, which fuses intense moisture with tanning actives for a more uniform hue. Its because of this added hydration that you can expect your glow to last up to 10 days. Can we just mention the juicy watermelon scent, too!

  • Best fake tan that washes off

how to fake tan

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