In the tanning Olympics, the bronze medal is the only one that matters.
Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with olive skin or the ability to attain that sun-kissed glow. Lucky for us, these days we can purchase it in a bottle… kind of. If you’re anything like me and fake tanning is life, you would understand that there are four tan varieties you may need depending on the occasion: 1. The long-lasting tan 2. The fast-developing tan 3. The wash-off tan 4. The touch-up tan And having these products on hand makes it easy to get the perfect tan for every occasion.
The Long-Lasting Tan
Naked Tan 2 Hour Self Tanning Cream This has been one of my favourites for years. It was the first fake tanning product to give me a natural-looking olive tan. It is a reliable product and the formula/colour has always stayed consistent. This tan requires two hours of developing time. It is PERFECT for a Thursday night at home in preparation for the weekend because you can kick back with some Netflix while the tan does its thang, then just shower and go to bed. You’ll wake up with a gorgeous glow that should last you around a week, so it’s great if you’re going away or if you have a special event.
The Fast-Developing Tan
Le Tan Express 30 Minute Bronzing Mousse This tan is great if you have last-minute plans (or plans you’d forgotten about, whoops!) and still want to look nice. I would suggest applying a few coats with the Le Tan mitt (best fake tanning mitt known to man!), then use the 30 minutes of developing time to pick out your outfit and decide on hair and makeup. It’s also VERY affordable, develops into a beautiful colour, and you can let it develop for up to two hours if you have a bit of extra time and want some more depth.
The Wash-Off Tan
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs This tan is INSTANT. I recommend using it if you don’t have time to wait for a tan to develop, or if your current fake tan is fading and you want a fresh one applied over the top (that you can later wash off). Although it is called “leg makeup”, you can of course use it as a full body tan! It’s available in a spray and lotion formula, with many shades to choose from. This product works best when applied with disposable plastic gloves!
The Touch-Up Tan
Ella Bache Great Facetan Without Sun Fake tanning products usually come off on your face and hands before anywhere else, so you can use this product to touch up after a few days. This fake tan develops over two hours. You can apply it before bed as a moisturiser, as it contains an antioxidant complex great for skin (winning!). You can also wear it under makeup as the instant bronzer gives you a radiant glow, and the tan develops throughout the day.
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