The weather might have been unseasonably warm and sunny of late, but we can expect the thermometer to start falling within weeks… Autumn may be just around the corner – but I’m not prepared to let go of my summer glow, which I’ve worked so hard on over the summer months.
So this week, I’m a mission to gather together a selection of bronzing, tanning, and highlighting products. Want to join me? My top picks are below…
The great thing about bronzers is that you can build up the colour layer by layer, which ensures the perfect result (there’s nothing worse than watching in horror as an application fake tan develops into an unnatural shade of orange – and there’s no hiding when it’s on your face…)
For me, you can’t beat the colour of Stila’s Sun Bronzer, £18 – I go for Shade 01, which suits fairer complexions, but Shade 02 will suit darker skin tones. It has a silky texture that is a pleasure to apply, blends very easily, and is impressively long-lasting.
If you don’t already own a good quality bronzing brush, I would really recommend investing in Guerlain’s Terracotta Kabuki Bronzing Powder Brush, £32.70. You’ll be surprised by what a difference a good brush makes to the application, providing a perfectly balanced result.
The key to successful self-tanning is to start off with a blank canvas – so I always start by removing traces of old tan. A good body scrub will do the job, but St Tropez Tan Detox, £24, is a more pampering way to do it. Simply pour under the tap when running a bath – and relax in the tub as it soaks away any remaining tan on skin.
When it comes to the tanning, I’m a big fan of Clarins Delectable Self-Tanning Mousse, £16.80, which gives me an even, natural-looking result. Oodles of Mirabelle Oil, Aloe, and Vitamin E make sure that skin is hydrated, giving skin a glowing, radiant appearance.
Don’t forget to use a tanning mitt, which ensures that the coverage is balanced and prevents hands from turning telltale orange. He Shi Tanning Mitt, £4.50, is ideal.
Once you’ve got a glow worthy of a couple of weeks in the Caribbean, it’s time to show it off… I adore highlighting products, but they need to be used sparingly – especially if they contain shimmer.
For face and décolletage, I apply a few dabs of St Tropez Radiance Mousse, £18.47, and blending into skin. Stick to cheekbones and collarbone for a stunning radiance.
And for body, it’s worth treating yourself to St Tropez Wash Off Instant Shimmer Stick, £14.40. Run it down both shin bones to give your legs the illusion of length – and for nights out, add a little to arms too for a look that turns every head in the room.