The ultimate rose&bird guide to no more streaking…

Pre-holiday, pre-party, pre-squezing into those very small hot pants you have been hiding from, this summer it’s all about taking the time and acquiring the skills to apply a fake tan that looks Marbs-fresh. The British ‘summer’ is finally upon us, and we all know what this means; the odd warm(ish) day when the sun pokes it face out from behind the clouds for a few minutes and hey presto, we all have BBQs and get naked! Hooray for the sun and all its blazing glory! rose&bird thought it was high time to prepare ourselves for all of this nakedness whilst ensuring the rose&bird gang have no tell-tale signs of bad fake tanning. We are eliminating badly behaved tans one streaky orange hand at a time with this how-to guide written and researched by rose&bird’s beauty obsessed chief of makeup and nails Amy…

Greetings pasty people! It’s time to be fearless and get those pins out , no more scrubbing tan off your hands with bleach (my best friend at school actually did that.) Forget instant tan that dribbles off in the ever-present rain, lets get fake tanning like pros. I hope you like smelling of biscuits…

It’s all in the prep…

A great looking tan needs lots of preparation. You need a perfectly exfoliated, hair free and moisturised (in all right places) blank canvas of flesh. Tanning prep can sometimes begin two days before application – any waxing needs to be done 48 hours before tanning, and all shaving and exfoliation needs to be executed 24 hours in advance. Plan ahead, it will be worth it in the end, trust me.

Picking your tan…

It is important to be aware of your skin tone before selecting which tanning product to use. It sounds obvious, but if you have very fair skin and use a dark fake tan it will look unnatural and is more likely to go wrong. Once people find a tanning product that fits, they tend to stick with it. I am 100% a St-Tropez girl. I have tried and tested countless tanning products and I am always open to new ones, but struggle to find a more natural yet dark-looking, easy to apply tan as St-Tropez. If I’m looking a bit pasty and need a quick fix I tend to pop some St-Tropez mousse on, but for my full body tanning I always use St-Tropez bronzing spray tan. My only gripe is the smell, and as a smell fanatic with quite a sensitive (and dare I say sophisticated!) beak, I always ensure I tan two days before an event to ensure I no longer smell of burnt biscuits!

Exfoliate…

Goodbye dead skin and old unwanted tan,  hello smooth fresh skin. For the perfect pre tan base, give your self a ruddy good scrub the night before you tan. I love Origins Modern Friction for facial exfoliation, and for the body it’s so hard to resist Origins Ginger body scrub – it smells so tasty. For extra exfoliation apply exfoliators to clean and dry skin before getting in the bath,  scrub gently then add water and lather all other the body in circular movements towards the heart. Your skin will look and feel seriously dreamy.

Moisturise…

Once you have scrubbed your skin of all its sins (T-Day minus 24 hours)  give your whole body a good moisturise. I am addicted to Clarins moisture rich body lotion – it contains the dream skin ingredient shea butter and smells like holiday. Nivia also do a lovely range of body moisturisers; I enjoy the Nivia Q10 plus firming lotion on the run up to bikini body season (every little helps!)

T-Day…

Just before applying the tan it is very important to moisturise the dry areas on your body including your elbows and knees. I am always overly generous with moisturising all over my hands and feet (even on the soles) to avoid the tell-tale fake tan orange paws, and I also use it on the inner part and under my arms.  It’s important to remember which body parts tan naturally in the sun – I don’t remember ever coming back from holiday with brown inner and under arms and chocolate coloured hands and feet so I usually cover my feet with an old t-towel whilst tanning, and then once my body has been tanned I remove it and gently swipe/blend the tan from my legs onto my well moisturised feet. Regarding the face – and this is a personal preference – I like my face to be slightly paler than my body so I am less generous with tan there and I also use an eye cream around the eyes and moisturiser around my hair line pre tan. I sometimes fully moisturise the face pre-tan for a very natural look.

Always…

  • Wear tanning mits or latex gloves when applying your tan, even if you are using aerosol spray on tan.
  • Tan your body in sections so that you don’t miss any parts, take your time and make sure you have good lighting so you can see any mishaps.
  • When using spray tan don’t go too close or too far, a few inches away is enough.
  • When tanning the hands and feet I always use tan that is already on my arms and legs by gently wiping down onto the hand. That way it’s not too dark or too white.

And finally…

Once I am happy that I have applied an even tan I like to pat my body all over – it fees like you are sealing the tan. I use St-Tropez tan remover on the palms of my hands, bottom of my feet, in between my toes, on my finger and toe nails and lightly up my wrists towards my inner arm as well as my eye brows. If you can, allow yourself some time to swan around your room naked until the tan is as dry as possible – just make sure you lock the door! Wear dark, loose fitting clothes to go to bed, and always tan last thing at night to avoid any unwanted marks or strange looks regarding your biscuity aroma!

Prolong and maintain…

Post-tan is just as important as the application itself.  Be a drama queen about moisturising and keep your tan looking fresh by being diligent with moisturisation morning and night. It is also advised to have a full body gentle exfoliate every three days so that the tan comes off evenly and to also give it renewed vigour.

I hope you found this useful, happy tanning people!

Peace out.