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Editor's Vlog: the best summer self tanning products

August 2nd 2015 / India Block / 2 comments

Pale is definitely interesting, but if you want to go bronze without the sun damage check out our Editor-in-Chief Susannah Taylor's favourite self tanners.

DIY fake tan has come a long way from the streaky, stinky tanners of the 90’s, allowing you to risk it without smelling like a biscuit. In her latest Editor’s vlog, committed faker Susannah shares her top beauty recommendations for the perfect faux glow.

If you’re dipping a tentative toe in the water of fake tan, St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, £9.50 is for you. Hop in the shower, lather up and leave for 3 minutes before rinsing off. It’s fool-proof to apply and leaves you with a light, buildable glow-to-go.

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion, £2.62 is a beauty editor favourite, nourishing your skin whilst giving it a gentle tan. At under £3 it’s a complete steal, too.

For suncare and self tan fit for royalty, Susannah crows Clarins as Queen. This Self Tanning Instant Gel, £20 has a fresh scent a non-oily texture. It sinks in quickly and develops into a lovely, smooth bronze without a hint of orange.

When it comes to your face, the last thing you want to tangle with is the risk of looking tangoed. Susannah’s all-time favourite is the gorgeous Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care, £75. Just remember to wipe it from your eyebrows with a cotton bud after application.

If you’re worried about unsightly tan-hands then this St Tropez self tan dry luxury oil, £25 is ideal. It can be easily applied using the St Tropez Applicator Mitt and develops into a beautiful golden tan.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, £32 is a blush that doubles as a highlighter. Make like a makeup artist and apply it on all the areas the sun would naturally hit, such as the cheekbones and bridge of the nose for a sunkissed sheen.

For a faint glow sans shimmer, Susannah recommends By Terry Soleil Terrybly Hydra Bronzing Tinted Serum, £59. This is all glow and no naff glitter.

For a bronzer that won’t break the bank, Susannah loves Bagsy Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder, £12 (). The cute compact is the perfect size to slip into your handbag for touch ups on the go. For a natural look, lightly dust it all over your face with the Kiko Powder Make-up Brush: Face 103, £6.90.

Join the conversation

  • annie
  • August 3rd 2015

Enjoy this. Also love Clarins facial tanning milk + the Clarins booster for face & body. And the Crème de la Mer gradual tan is gorgeous. Recently gone back to the St Tropez mousse for a proper full-on tan and it's great!
I love the nail polish that Suzannah is wearing in this video. Can you share with us what it is?

  • Caroline
  • August 2nd 2015

Love this!! Consider myself a bit of a fake tan queen but am now off to try some of these that I don't know!
Really like the "In Shower" St Tropez, it was a slow starter but worth it after the 3rd shower. Shame you can still detect a bit of the old familiar biscuit aroma though! Colour is lovely when it comes through though!
My all time fav though is super cheap and available from Boots, it's Rimmel!!
It truly is fantastic. It is instant, spray on. I use it on my face, chest, arms and legs, (get the matte one so no silly sparkles!!) and I think it is very natural looking. I only ever use the LIGHT colour because if I want a darker colour I just spray on another layer. It dries almost instantly, goes well over my moisturiser - some moisturisers need to have sunk into the skin longer before applying the spray so they don't conflict and wipe each other off!! I spray it on and rub it across my skin straight away and I'm done!! It doesn't streak. If you do overdo it you can just wash it off, dry the skin and start again. No scent whatsoever, or having to wait for it to develop. It stays put on your skin until you shower. For hands I simply spray a dot on the back of each hand and rub the two backs against each other, easy!! After applying I always rub the palms of my hands with a baby wipe and I'm good to go! Can you tell I'm a fan?!!! Susannah please give it a go!!

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