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The A-lister's self-tan secret, bronzing expert Nichola Joss knows all there is to know about getting a non-streaky fake tan result, having worked her tanning magic on everyone from Elizabeth Hurley to Anna Friel. Here, she shows you how to master the perfect fake tan in four simple steps.
Fake tan clings to patches of dry skin, so it's crucial to exfoliate first, paying attention to the knees, elbows, toes, décolletage, ankles, wrists, hands and neck. Afterwards, apply a light application of body moisturiser all over (if you can, do this step the night before and use a rich body moisturiser for even better results). Next, very lightly moisturise again over dry areas like knees and elbows.
Wearing latex gloves (try St. Tropez Latex Application Gloves), work the tanning product into your palms (a colour-guided product is easier to use) and start to apply, working from the outer points of your body inward.
Avoiding the feet and ankles, begin at the bottom of your legs and sweep up the calves, avoiding the knees, to the thighs and bottom, then to the tummy, breasts, sides of the body and lower back, massaging the product in so it's evenly distributed. Next, work from the wrists (avoiding the hands) up to the shoulder blades.
Dilute the remaining product by mixing with moisturiser and apply to your feet, knees, wrists, underarm, neck and décolleté, with a large sweeping motion. On your face, sweep the tan-and-moisturiser mix over the cheekbones, forehead, chin, and down the nose, then work from the middle of the face outwards, down the neck and out to the ears.
Remove gloves and sweep the backs of your hands against your thighs to collect product residue.
Finally, wrap a baby wipe around your index finger and wipe over your nails, inside every toe space, over the soles of your feet, inside ears, nose, belly button and eyebrows, where product can collect. For a professional-style result, use a towelling cloth like St. Tropez White Body Mitt to gently buff over your body – this will remove excess residue and ensure you can get dressed quicker, whilst helping you achieve an even result.
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