The fastest and safest way to achieve a golden tan is to fake it! We all know about the dangers of lying out in the sun but most of us still want to look like bronzed goddesses. Fake tan is therefore the perfect way to give your skin a hint of colour for a natural sun kissed look.
One of the big changes in beauty trends is that a much lighter tan has now become more fashionable. Just a subtle glow is all you need to make you look and feel your best. The other point worth mentioning is the improved formulas. You'd be very unlucky to find a product nowadays that leaves you looking orange. Modern fake tans are far easier to apply so there's less risk of streaking and they don't smell as much either!
The key to applying fake tan is to do it in stages. Try to build up a tan as you would naturally in the sun rather than trying to change colour drastically in just a few hours. Prepare the skin by using a body scrub or dry skin brushing to smooth any rough areas before using a moisturiser, concentrating on any dry patches like knees and elbows. Apply the fake tan by rubbing in thoroughly to prevent any visible lines. By doing this a couple of times over a few days you can build up to the desired depth of colour.
Four i4beauty FavouritesLancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Magic Mousse - £16
This tinted mousse means you can see exactly where and how much you're applying to guarantee an even finish.
No. 7 Self-Tan Mousse - £7.10
Again the mousse formula makes application simple. This one gave a far more subtle result making it an ideal choice for those with fair skin looking for a natural effect.
Ambre Solaire Instant Shimmer Bronzer - £8.49
This product has the best of both worlds; light-reflecting particles for an instant effect and a self-tanning agent that develops more gradually. The golden shimmer finish gives a very glamorous effect.
Estee Lauder Sunless Self Action Supertan Spray - £15
This spray dispenser makes application quick and easy and the liquid formula means it's quickly absorbed so you don't have to wait around for ages before getting dressed.