It’s around this time of year that we start to unearth our pale and wintery limbs in favour of a more sunkissed glow. Although it’s tempting to go hard and fast, it’s still early summer and keeping it realistic is key – no one’s going to believe you caught that deep olive hue from a weekend in Brighton just yet!

Luckily, these three wonder products bridge the gap between the seasons to give you a subtle, buildable tan overnight.

Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, £19 Clarins, H2O Tan Mist, £20 James Read, West Coast Tan, £25 Madame LA LA


    1. Oh no darling please don’t do that, there are SO many amazing products out there now that are fool proof-long gone are the days of orange streaks and that biscuit smell. If you need any recommendations let me know-I’ve tried them all! X


      1. Yes, please! I think I’m most afraid of uneven and/or orange application, and the product coming off on towels, sheets, clothes, etc. :(

        What would you recommend trying for an absolute beginner?


        1. That is a common worry, I feel your pain! For your face (you should always use a face-specific one to not dry out your skin), I’d say James Read’s Sleep Face Mask – it’s a clear gel so treat it like a moisturiser, blending down your neck a little and tissue off the excess around your hairline. Another fool-proof one for your face is Clarins Tan Booster – this is amazing – you just include 4 drops into your normal night moisturiser and apply as normal and it gives a really lovely colour by morning.

          For your body, St Tropez’s In-Shower gradual tan is a winner. It sounds scary but it’s near impossible to mess up. You shower as normal, wash off all the soap and apply the tan all over whilst your skin is wet – you don’t need to rub it in excessively, just enough to cover the skin and leave it for 3-5 minutes and wash off with water only. It may not look like anything to begin with but as the day goes on, it develops gradually. I use it twice a week and it keeps a gorgeous colour throughout.

          As your confidence builds, and your ready for a tan with a guide colour, Vita Liberata is the best brand as it has skin-loving ingredients in it and lasts a lot longer than most tans. Make sure you use a cotton or foam mitt with a latex glove and use long sweeping motions rather than circular which most people do. Put mosturiser on your hands, feet, elbows, knees and behind the knees and just sweep the excess tan over your feet and hands, no more, and tissue dab the toes and knuckles.

          I hope this helps, let me know how you get on! x

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          1. Wow! You are really a pro! Thank you this is all so helpful!! The Clarins one definitely sounds like one I want to give a try when I build up enough confidence! Thanks again :)


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