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Get The Look 18 April 2020

How To Fake Your Summer Glow All Year Round

The easiest ways to keep your summer glow through the cooler months

With the dangers of the sun well and truly documented, fake it til you make it has long been the philosophy around a truly healthy tan. The beauty industry has truly revolutionised the way we tan in recent years, so here at Shop-Monde we’ve compiled the faux tanning products of the moment, and take it back to basics of how to achieve the best at-home tan.


Words By Caitlyn Batterham

Step 1- Be Prepared

Prepping the skin for fake tan is the most important thing you can do to ensure the longevity of your tan. Use an exfoliating scrub that will clear away surface detritus and dead skin cells to make sure the tan glides smoothly over soft skin, instead of clinging to anything other than your skin. One contentious topic in fake tan prep is when or when not to shave – most people agree that when shaving your legs it’s good to leave time between the hair removal and the application of the fake tan, to avoid the tan settling into the pores and giving a spotty effect. Another way to avoid this effect if you’re in a bit of a rush and have to shave immediately before applying fake tan, is to run cold water over the newly hair free skin, to close the pores.

Hunter Lab Pinot Grape Skin Body Scrub, $29.00, RY

Step 2 - Fake It

Next step, after drying off your smooth and dead skin free body, is to apply the fake tan. Depending on your formula, use a mitt in gentle circular motions, going downwards to evenly spread the tan across your body. When applying the tan to your elbows, knees, ankles and wrists, add a little moisturiser to the tan already on your tanning mitt, to help the tan attach evenly and to avoid concentrated clumps of tell-tale orange on your joints. Coloured mousse formulations are often the easiest to apply, as you can see where you have already applied the tan. An easy way to get your tan done is to use an-in shower formula from St Tropez, or opt for a tanning oil, which will spread evenly and dry almost instantly, allowing for a last minute burst of golden colour.

Eco Tan Cacao Tanning Mousse, $34.95, Nourished Life

Step 4 - Getting It Off

Not so much a step in the fake tanning routine, but one that you must remember if you’re wanting to create a fresh slate for next weekend. There are all sorts of fake tan removers on the market, specially formulated to strip away the flaky remains of one weeks fake tan, clearing the way for a streak free re-application. Make sure every skerrick of tan is removed with an exfoliating soap or scrub, and remember to follow up with a moisturiser before going into the beginning of the next tanning routine.

ModelCo MC2 Tan Remover Exfoliating Soap, $10, Look Fantastic