A-list Tan Inspiration

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A-list Tan Inspiration

Skincare and St Tropez tanning expert Nichola Joss examines the stars’ glamorous glows and lets us in on the best way to perfect our tanning technique.

Jennifer Needham

Jennifer Needham

Editorial Assistant

Published 1st September 2008

Skincare and St Tropez tanning expert Nichola Joss examines the stars’ glamorous glows and lets us in on the best way to perfect our tanning technique.

Elle Macpherson

One of the original supermodels, Elle Macpherson has been a success in both the modelling and beauty industries with her fantastic range of bath and body products.

“Elle has a fantastic colour,” says Nichola, “She keeps her hair highlighted with golden lights and her tan is a medium natural glow, she looks healthy, glowing and naturally tanned. It’s essential that she moisturises every day to keep skin hydrated.”

Try: Elle Macpherson Honey Butter.

Jennifer Aniston

Gorgeous Friends star Jennifer Aniston is the typical girl-next-door, all-american beauty. Always immaculate, Jennifer’s understated style is one of the most sought after by women across the world.

“Jennifer Aniston’s colour is lightly tanned, coverage is light and glowing and easy to maintain,” says Nichola, “She would benefit from salon-applied St Tropez tanning system and top up with a spray tan. Exfoliating is essential to keep skin toned and firm.”

Try: St Tropez Body Polisher

Anna Friel

Brookside actress turned American TV star Anna Friel has an english rose complexion that keeps her in all the glossy mags as a girl with enviable skin.

“Anna has a natural English glow to her skin, with lightly tanned skin and freckles showing her english rose complexion. A gradual tan would work best for her skin.”

Try: Make Believe Gradual Self Tan and Tan Extender

Michelle Pfeiffer

Ageless beauty Michelle Pfeiffer has had an acting career to die for and as well as this, she has been one of the most beautiful women in the world for decades.

“She has wonderful tanned skin, lightly bronzed and not too dark, she would suit a tan intensifying product to enhance and keep colour all year round as well as daily moisturising and weekly exfoliating to stop skin getting patchy or keratinised” recommends Nichola.

Try: Piz Buin Tan Intensifier Lotion SPF 6

Salma Hayek

Actress Salma Hayek has appeared in more than 30 films and is the first Mexican national to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.  She has a 1 year-old daughter called Valentina Paloma Pinault.

“With her dark complexion and Mediterranean skin, Salma Hayek would definitely be able to keep her deep tan in order with a tanning product such as St Tropez original formula (only available in store) which is deeper and darker,” says Nichola. “This can be topped up with a daily application of gradual tanning moisturiser which will also act as an anti-ageing moisturising treatment.”

Try: Olay Total Effects Touch of Sunshine Deep

Nicola Roberts

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts has changed her hair style many times over the past few years. One thing remains the same though – her flawless translucent skin. Nicola has just bought out her own range of make-up designed for women with a similar skin tone to hers. 

“Nicola radiates health and looks great with her pale complexion and naturally light milky skin colour, she is best suited to this skin colour and would benefit from a gradual tanning product whilst on holiday (with spf protection) to give a little hint of colour if on the beach.”

Try: Olay Total Effects Touch of Sunshine Light

Kelly Brook

Naturally pretty presenter and star of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, Kelly Brook has the look that most women want. Her friendly and warm nature has charmed the nation as her career continues to grow from strength to strength.

“Kelly’s dark colouring and hazel eyes compliment her tanned skin and she looks healthy and glowing,” says Nichola. Try using a lightly applied spray tan, which will not darken your skin but enhance natural warm golden tone of your skin.

Try: St Tropez Everyday Airbrush

Scarlett Johanssen

Hollywood siren Scarlett Johanssen has brought back the 40’s look of red lips and barrel-curled blonde hair. Her unusual features have made her one of the world’s most favourite actresses.

“Again with beautiful milky light skin tone, Scarlett is best suited to this colour and should cover up with SPF. A lightly applied bronzing mist used in the summer months would enhance skin tone and add to her contours giving definition and shape

Try: Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan Bronzing Mist in Golden

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley was the darling of Saturday morning television until her career called her to the states. Now a fully-fledged member of the L.A elite, Cat’s image has also changed into a more ‘Hollywood glamour’ look.

I love Cat’s colouring, golden blonde tones and healthy tanned skin.” Says Nichola. “This colour can be achieved by having a professionally applied tan then topped up the next day with a spray tan for definition and deepening of colour without darkening the tan.”

Try: No.7 Quick Dry Spray

Kate Beckinsale

True English rose Kate Beckinsale is the daughter of late Porridge star, Richard Beckinsale. Her elegant and graceful demeanour stands out from most actresses and she radiates a natural glow.

“Kate’s skin is fair and light, contrasting her dark hair and eyes, therefore she can go for a little more colour to enhance her natural skin tones and using a daily gradual tanning product she will give her skin a naturally tanned glowing colour, healthy and slightly bronzed

Try: L’Oreal Nutrisummer Tone-up in Medium.

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