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How to tan like a pro

Sunless tans have come a long way since the days of making you look like a piece of streaky bacon. Now your spray tan can offer you so much more than just a golden glow – it can give you ‘airbrushed’ skin, and even create the illusion of defined abs. And clever formulation advances mean you can now get your glow on 15 minutes before you leave the house for a hot date, or get an instant tan that plumps up wrinkles too.
Tan and contour
I will tan… and contour my curves

Ever wanted J-Lo’s gym-bunny abs? Well, lean in. Tan-touring (contouring using fake tan) has been having a moment in salons for a while now, but with a little practice and a blusher brush you can do this at home.

Apply fake tan all over, let it dry, then dip a blusher brush in tinted fake tan and draw a straight line from the centre of your cleavage to your navel. Create an hourglass shape by drawing a crescent on either side of your navel – from the rib cage to the hip bones – and continue to overlap the lines, getting wider and wider as you overlap, to give yourself a rounded, feminine shape.

Make sure you always use a tinted formulation to do this – so you can see where you’re applying it –and only use a small amount of product, gently building it up.  

Try: Honey Bronze Face Gel, 25ml, £13, The Body Shop

Tan like a pro

I will tan… like a pro
Don’t let the threat of streaks and orange palms put you off getting a beautiful faux glow. The latest spray tans rival the formulations the pros use in their tanning booths; with multi-angled spray nozzles and quick dry formulations, these products are fool-proof, even for a beginner. You’ll be looking gorgeously golden before you know it.

Try: Rodial, Brazillian tan airbrush, £46, 200ml, Harvey Nichols
Anti wrinkle tan
I will tan… and fend of wrinkles

Who doesn’t love a multitasking beauty gem? Especially one that makes your skin look smooth and adds a sun-kissed hue. If you’re heading on holiday it’s the perfect space-saving beauty buy to stash in your suitcase.

Try: HeShi Overnight Ageless Tanning Balm, £23, 50ml, Harvey Nichols

Tan and smell fab!
I will tan… and smell divine
The eau de biscuit days are long gone for eager fake tanners. Now you can have beautifully golden skin that’s gently scented with coconut, apple, rose or neroli. Who needs fragrance? 

Try: La Mer, Face & Body gradual tan, £75, 200ml, Harvey Nichols

Tan while you sunbathe

I will tan… while I sunbathe  
If you’re heading to the beach and are concerned about blinding other sun worshippers with your milk bottle limbs, you’ll be especially pleased to hear that self tan now comes with added SPF. Just be sure to top up your sunscreen throughout the day!

Try: Ultra-Sun Body Tan Accelerator SPF 30, £28, 150ml, House of Fraser

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