Top Tips for Applying Fake Tan

There’s no need to sport the orange look when you have a fake tan these days! Here are some of my top tips to achieving a more natural look!

  1. Exfoliation is the most important part of the process. Give yourself a good all over body and facial scrub to remove any dead skin and leave you silky smooth. Puff balls won’t do the trick!!
  2. Use a body moisturiser on your under arms, knees, ankles, feet and hands. Let it soak in before you start the tan application.
  3. Have everything you need ready. Latex gloves, tanning lotion and a soft cloth to buff the skin. a flannel will work well for this.
  4. Put the gloves on then start with your legs and work your way up.
  5. Starting above the ankles smooth the lotion onto the skin in upward strokes to just below the knee. Use both hands one after the other. Use light feather strokes around the ankle and top of the foot and also on the knee cap.
  6. Add more lotion to the glove and work from above the knee up to the buttocks. Its your choice if you stop here or continue above the knicker line.
  7. Next do your stomach. You can blend the cream/lotion into the skin vertically or horizontally!
  8. Now do your arms. Work from the wrist bone up to the elbow. Bend the elbow and use feather strokes on that area to avoid product build up.
  9. Then work from elbow to shoulder and feather into the armpit. Blend across the shoulder onto the chest from either side of the body!
  10. Remove the gloves and wipe the back of your hands on your buttocks or backs of thighs to pick up a small amount of the colour. Leave the tan on for a minimum of 4 hours to develop and rinse off.

Now you’re ready to go out and glow!

Some Beauty Questions Answered

Question: If the product stings it must be doing some good?

If a product is stinging then you should stop using it immediately. Stinging is a sign that there is either an allergic reaction and the product is too harsh for your skin or there is damage to the skins barrier function.

Question: I don’t need to wear sunscreen unless I’m on holiday do I?

Its important to wear a sunscreen 365 days a year. Not only is sunscreen the best anti-ageing product it protects the skin from any UV exposure.

Question: If I wear sunscreen will I still get a tan?

If you don’t wear sunscreen you’ll burn and cause permanent skin damage which could lead to melanoma’s later in life.

Question: Are alcohol based products and toners are better for oily skins?

Alcohol in products can be very drying and strip oils from the skin. This will cause the skin to increase its oil (sebum) production making the skin oilier.

Question: Are Facial or Baby wipes great for removing my make up?

Wipes of any kind should only be used in emergency’s. They only remove the surface layer of make up but you still need to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Make up wearers should always double cleanse.

Question: Why I do I need to exfoliate?

Exfoliation of your face and body should be done at least twice a week. Use a mild exfoliator for mature or sensitised skins, a medium exfoliator for oily, normal or dry skins. Avoid very scratchy exfoliators as these can damage the skins barrier and cause sensitisation. Body exfoliatiors can be more grainy because the skin is thicker on the body. Exfoliation aids the penetration of skincare products by removing the dead skin cells.

Question: Why do I need a skincare routine?

A good skincare routine ensures your skin keeps looking great later on in life. It may look great now but a regular routine and facials keep skin in tip top condition.

Question: Isn’t eye cream only for older women?

Eye cream is for men and women and should be used from about the age of 25. Use a grape pip sized amount for each eye and apply with your ring finger to avoid dragging the skin.

Question: If my skin is oily do I need a moisturiser?

The simple answer is yes. All skins need moisture, just use the right product for your skin type. Look for oil free moisturisers.

Question: How do you treat dry patches on the face?

I would check that its not a skin condition e.g. eczema or dermatitis. If its just occured I would exfoliate your face, then apply a nourishing masque and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and apply a rich moisturiser to the dry patches and your normal moisturiser to the rest of your face.

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The Pros and Cons of Fake Tan for Brides

Should you use fake tan on your wedding day? I get asked that question all the time. Well, fashionistas may question whether fake tan has had its day, but in my view the confidence boosting effects of a radiant looking skin are timeless. We all know from experience that it easy to make mistakes and that even A list celebrities still sport the oompah loompah look from time to time, we ve seen the pictures. For your wedding day, when you want to look at your most beautiful, you must be practised and prepared. So, if you re a fan of the tan, it as well to know something of the pros and cons of the various forms of self-tanning methods available.

Sun Beds

Pros Some people advocate the use of sunbeds because, used responsibly, they can minimise the risk of burning the skin whilst maximising tanning. If you do choose to use a sunbed to create your tan make sure that the salon follows the safety rules stipulated by The Sunbed Association.

Cons We all know of the link between over use of sunbeds and the rise of dangerous, potentially fatal, skin cancers. If sunbeds are used irresponsibly there is also a risk of permanent damage resulting to the eyes and premature aging of the skin.

Spray Tan

Pros A professional spray tanning session usually takes under half an hour and there is very little chance of areas of skin being missed or streaks appearing. This method quickly covers over any lighter areas left by previous tans and the amount of tan applied can be easily controlled.

Cons Compressed air is used in applying spray tan and this can be dangerous when used round the eye area. You obviously have to have someone else to assist you, in my view a fully trained professional, should apply the tan for you.

Tanning Creams and Lotions

Pros The cosmetic companies that produce these products are not only interested in providing you with an effective tan, they actively compete with each other to improve the texture of your skin through the use of vitamins, oils and moisturisers. Every skin type is catered for so there will definitely be a product out there that suits you. Have fun looking for the right one, but make sure that you find it way ahead of your wedding day!

Cons Many tanning creams and lotions emit a strong chemical smell when first applied. Blotchiness and unevenness can occur when applied incorrectly, particularly on older, freckled or scarred skin.

Foam Tan

Pros This type of tan also conditions and moisturises the skin, it easy to apply and quick to dry. It light and doesn t clog pores. Foam tan often comes in more than one shade, so you can choose the light, medium or deep shade to control the depth of your tan.

Cons As the foam is often light and white it is not clearly seen on the skin when being applied. It can be easy to forget exactly which areas the product has been applied to and this can result in missed areas, patching and forgetting to wash the product off the palms of your hands!

You need to prepare your skin properly before using self tanning products and practise with them way ahead of the wedding to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and most particularly your beautiful tan, on your big day.

Remember that you should:

Do a small patch test on your skin at least 24 hours before applying a product you are using for the first time

  • Never apply your tan immediately after a bath or a shower. You should give your pores time to close
  • Remove every trace of make-up, deodorant and perfume prior to applying the product
  • Exfoliate your skin before hand using a tried and tested method that you know will not irritate your skin
  • Moisturise the drier areas of your skin which are usually the knees, elbows and heels before tan application
  • Read the directions on the package carefully and don t be tempted to leave the product on your skin longer than stipulated, you don t want to turn orange!
  • Start applying the product from the feet and work upwards using small, circular movements, apply with feather strokes to the tops of the feet and between your toes. Don t rush the process
  • Make sure you apply the product to your ears and the back of your neck
  • Apply your tan two days before the wedding, so if there are any problems you will have time to correct them
  • On the morning of your wedding day wash all your body carefully, including around the ears and between the toes, with your chosen shower gel or perfumed soap. Thoroughly rinse your entire body and then pat dry, don t rub, using a soft white towel to ensure that your tan will not rub off on your wedding dress.

If you have a pale skin tone my advice is not to go for a deep tan effect on your wedding day, choose something light with a hint of shimmer. You should create a look of elegance and beauty, incorporating immaculate make up and perfectly styled hair, but one which allows the real you to shine through. This is the look that you want to be captured in your wedding photos and your tan should subtly complement this look, rather than overshadow it.

Here are some of my favourite self tanning products:

For Fair to Medium Skins – Dove Summer Glow

For Darker Skin shades – St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion

For the face – L’Oreal Sublime Bronze

To give your face a healthy glow, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

Wedding Hair and Beauty Tips

There are a few things to consider if you re not hiring a professional who can advise you for your wedding day.


If you re very emotional, invest in a waterproof mascara to ensure you don t end up with panda eyes on your big day. It best to only use waterproof mascara when necessary because it can be very drying to the lashes and cause them to fall out over a period of time. For a softer approach choose a dark brown mascara and top up with black for the evening reception.

Fake Tan

If you want to fake your tan on your wedding day it best to have a trial run at least a month before so you know exactly how it will look. Once you re happy with the result book the appointment for 2 days before the wedding to give the colour a chance to develop and settle down. Be aware that fake tan does rub off so if your dress is pure white or pale ivory your arms may rub against it.

Hair Dye

Don t do a drastic colour change right before your wedding, this is best done at least 6 weeks before and then retouch the roots a week before your big day. If you have a vibrant colour in your hair make sure that all excess tint is rinsed away to ensure it doesn t come off on your dress or skin. Highlights should be done no more than 3 days before to give your hair a fresh look.


If you choose a hairstyle with wispy tendrils that come down to your jaw line, it might be best to avoid lipgloss on a windy day. Hair sticks to lipgloss like glue and you don t want to be pulling strands of your lips before the big kiss!


Always apply make up before you put on your wedding dress and thoroughly wash your hands to remove all traces. Don t use loose powders once you have put your dress on, the particles can drop down onto the dress and cause staining. If you don t have a dress that you can step into, apply your make up and then place a silky scarf loosely over your face to protect the dress.

Fabulous For The Beach

If you re getting ready for your sun holiday and want to look great on the beach here are a few things that will help you look great.

A full body exfoliation will remove all dry skin to give your skin a polished look. A weekly scrub in the shower is very invigorating and helps the skin to absorb your body moisturiser.

If you want to use fake tan make sure you exfoliate weekly to remove any excess build up, concentrating on your knees, heels and elbows where the skin is driest and the tan will appear darker.

Use a sun cream with a minimum SPF 15 and monitor the amount of time you re in the sun. Try to avoid the sun between 12pm and 3pm which is the hottest part of the day and when you re more likely to burn. If you do burn easily then cover up during the hottest part of the day and wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30.

Get into a routine of drinking at least 2 litres of water daily, this will keep your skin fresh and hydrated whilst out in the sunshine.

Have a detox weekend before you go, avoid alcohol, tobacco and caffeine, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and grilled fish or chicken and drink lots of water to cleanse your body.

Have a manicure and pedicure just before you go, this will give the finishing touch to a great bikini body.

On the beach less make up is needed so invest in a tinted moisturiser to suit your skin tone, look for one with an SPF 15. Alternatively for the first few days on the beach a bronzer can be used on the face to give you a tanned look.

An eyelash tint will give the lashes colour and saves time having to apply mascara before hitting the beach.

As your tan develops, ensure you moisturise your face and body daily to rehydrate the skin

To improve the appearance of dimpling on thighs, dry body brush daily from knee to hip following each brush stroke with a stroke of the other hand, working upwards towards the heart stimulates the circulation and helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Wear sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes and the eyes themselves, look for sunglasses that have a UV400 protection to deflect harmful rays from the eye area.

Wear a hat when lying in direct sun or walking on the beach to protect the face from UV rays and prevent sun damage and premature ageing.

Happy Holiday

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This Heatwave

Its so hot here in the South of England, something we’re not used to. One product that I can recommend having in your handbag is Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Wipes SPF15 for a quick top up of sun protection. These wipes are great for the kids too. I used one wipe to cover my face arms and legs and it was enough. The RRP for a pack of 15 towelettes is £22.00.