There’s fake tan, and there’s faking a tan. The former comes with a bit of a whiff, a distinct touch of orange and leaves the edges of clothes tinged brown. The latter looks like skin that’s been honeyed by the sun or courtesy of cracking genetics. I’m not interested in the former. I won’t recommend products that do that thing.
Here are the heroes I regularly turn to when I need to amp up my glow to hide the fact that I’m really an SPF girl at heart //
Decleor Aroma Confort Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk / I’ve had this one on the go for about a month now and wrote a full review here. This gave me some base colour on my body, but to take things up a notch, I used…
By Terry Tea to Tan Face and Body / Every single time I wear this I’m told I’ve got a lovely tan. Sometimes I disabuse my complimenter of their erroneous praise, sometimes I enjoy watching the puzzlement on another’s face (‘how can a writer who spends almost all the daylight hours in front of a screen look like she lives on a yacht?‘ I imagine they think). Either way: this tan is da bomb. Watery in consistency, it slides on like a stain and leaves no greasiness or stickiness on the skin. It can also be layered for deeper intensity or buffed on with a cotton pad for just a whisper of the brown. The real triumph lies not in the texture (or lack thereof) once on the skin but in the colour: authentic, beautiful bronze. I bloody love it.
By Terry Terribly Densiliss Sun Glow / This serum is a bit of a hard one to categorise. It is neither brown nor peach and it truly straddles the skincare/make-up thing. Put a little layer of it under base (or not, if you’re not a base kind of girl) and your skin will light up both because of the shot of colour and because it hydrates so deftly. I like to massage it on and chase it with…
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel / The secret to so many ‘natural glows’ in the media, this is the choice of those in the know who want no chalkiness or appearance of powder on the skin. This deep, creamy brown can be whisked onto bare skin, mixed with foundation or applied as a bronzer on top (N.B. Never use this over setting powder – it won’t blend properly). I like to apply a little of this right after my veil of foundation.
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Radiant Light / Yes, I really am on a third face product. This one is a bronzer with the unique capability to mimic a ‘healthy’ tan. Slightly reflexive (though not glittery or pearlescent), I use this around my cheekbones to bronze and slightly illuminate simultaneously.
Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons in 04 Naturel Brunettes /… And when I still need a bit more, I whip out Guerlain’s classic bronzer in this shade (they make tonnes: you’ll invariably find one in your shade if you head to their counters and have a little play).