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AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO YOUR BEST FAUX TAN YET

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO YOUR BEST FAUX TAN YET AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO YOUR BEST FAUX TAN YET
Photograph by Claudia & Ralf Pulmanns / Trunk Archive.

MECCA squad goal for Summer 2017: a fool-proof, entirely convincing faux tan. For the best chance of success we’ve gone straight to the top, asking the pros for their insider tips. Here, James Read (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s tanning guru), supermodel-turned-beauty-boss Josie Maran, and more, reveal their personal tricks for perfecting a skin-safe, believable glow.

1

THE TAN MAN’S TRICKS

"Always apply my sleep serum to a clean face and after a few minutes, apply your regular moisturiser over the top. Use it as prep a few days before you start tanning and this will make your self tan darker in colour. It’s also important not to over apply self tan as this will cause build up and look unnatural. And my tried-and-trusted trick to prevent that white-hands-brown-arms look? Wait at least 6-8 hours before washing your hands after tanning."

—James Read, Founder of James Read Tan

2

IT’S ALL IN THE PREP

"#letsbefrank, you’ll be thankful in 10 years that you faked it, not baked it. We always do a full body exfoliation before tanning, to remove dry, flakey skin and make sure our tan goes on smooth and streak-free. We pay particular attention to the knees, elbows and ankles, where tan tends to grab onto. The high caffeine content in this scrub also smooths lumps and bumps which is ideal in bikini weather."

—Founders of Frank Body

3

MAKE LIKE A SUPERMODEL

Personally, I’m a night-time tanner—I love applying about an hour before I go to bed and waking up a golden goddess. I apply my tanning oil with my specially designed mitt, first shaking the bottle to activate the ingredients. I cup my hand in the mitt and pour a small amount into the centre. I start with my legs and then work upwards, applying in circular motions. When I’m done with each section of my body, I gently go back over the tough spots (knees, ankles, wrists) with the dry, clean side of my mitt to buff and diffuse.

—Josie Maran, Founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics

4

TEA TIME

"Tea To Tan was inspired by the memory of my mother, who would use a tea concoction on her skin to maintain a natural tan. My personal tip for a perfectly even tan: spray directly onto a foundation brush and buff it into the skin for a 100% healthy glow."

—Terry de Gunzburg, Founder of By Terry

5

APPLY AND GLOW

"This body foundation is a true skin saver—especially when I don’t have the time (or inclination) to fake tan. I love it because it adds a really flattering, instant hint of colour, the slightest hint of shimmer and, best of all, doesn’t rub off on your clothes."

—Jo Horgan, Founder of Mecca Cosmetica

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