While your upcoming getaway to warmer climates might have been postponed, thankfully there are still plenty of ways you can achieve that ‘just-back-from-holiday’ glow from the comfort of your own bathroom. And, it doesn’t have to take hours to get that streak-free, smooth finish. In fact, our speedy guide to achieving a natural-looking, sun kissed glow will have you Skype-ready in less than five minutes…
Two Minutes To Create A Smooth Base
Every good tan starts with some essential skin prep to create a seamless and hydrated base. Start with a quick exfoliation, using circular movements to slough away any dry, dead skin and then follow with a moisturiser. We love Elemis’ Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator and their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich. Don’t forget to pay special attention to your neck and decolletage area, as any dryness can result in a patchy tan.
30 Seconds To Fake That Sun-Kissed Glow
If using self-tan makes you nervous at the best of times, Marc Elrick AKA the king of tanning and founder of Tan-Luxe has a very handy tip. “The easiest quick-fix option to applying self-tan is to add a few drops of the Tan Luxe Face Drops into your usual moisturiser,” says Marc. “Your radiant glow will develop within two-to-four hours and your skin will look so healthy – even behind camera on those FaceTime calls with friends of work Skype meetings.”
Another favourite is Sisley’s NEW Self Tanning Hydrating Facial which hydrates and bronzes the complexion (with no streaks!) in just two hours. For a most instant hit, try Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Antipollution Sunshine Drops. Whichever you decide, be sure to also blend up to your hairline and down your neck and over your décolletage too.
30 Seconds To Add Subtle Highlights
Highlighter is undoubtedly the best makeup product for creating a healthy glow and accentuating your self-tan, so that you’re camera-ready in seconds. We love Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Light Wand as it offers a soft-focused glow and you don’t have to worry about brushes as the innovative applicator makes it possible in just one quick swoop. Apply along the top of your cheek bone, a little under your brow bone and a dot on your cupid’s bow.
Not only will you have achieved that glow-from-within look in four minutes, but if you took Marc’s advice your complexion will look more radiant as the day goes on…