(Beauty Panel: Challenge #118)
There’s nothing like golden skin for the summer. Here are my favourite products and techniques when it comes to faking a sun-kissed tan.
1. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
I have been devoted to this self-tanner for a number of years because I find the formula to be so spot-on. It dries fast, gives a great tone, and I’ve never had any of those awful orange streaks that we all fear so much. It’s my favourite!
2. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
When you want a little extra oomph for your tan, this is the product to turn to. I usually spray the formula onto a dark facecloth or tanning mitt, and then apply to my skin. It gives just the right amount of extra colour. Since it is also water resistant, it is great for wear throughout the day, and comes off easily in the shower.
3. Grapeseed Oil
Once you’ve got your skin looking gorgeous with a tanned tone, give the colour a little sheen. I love using grapeseed oil as a body moisturizer. It soaks into the skin beautifully and leaves it glowing.
4. For the face
My absolute favourite powder bronzer for the face is M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Give Me Sun.” It is a great medium toned bronzer, without any shimmer (I like to add that separately if desired). Which leads me to my next favourite…Benefit High beam is a gorgeous highlighter that really helps show off your summer skin.
5. Bright nails
One of my favourite tricks for helping skin look even more tanned is wearing bright nail polish. It’s a great way to add contrast and tricks the eye. My two faves (and I always get comments about tanned skin whenever I wear them!) are “Lemon Fizz” and “Pool Party” – both from China Glaze.
Products used: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in “Tan Glow,” Now Solutions Grapeseed Oil, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Give Me Sun,” Benefit High Beam, China Glaze Nail Laquer in “Lemon Fizz” and “Pool Party.”