Are you a bit of a fake tan fan? Or have you wished you could but not had the confidence to apply it? Style coach Julie Cobbe shares her top 10 fake tan tips to get you glowing with ease!
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We all love to feel good and, now more than ever, our style and beauty routines play a profoundly important role in putting a spring in our step when everything else seems to want to bring us down.
It gives us a signature that makes us proud no matter what the day. It tells the world a bit of our story without us having to say a word and most importantly it allows us to immerse ourselves in our very own creative bubble.
So why is it that lately as we look around we see people opting for the “more is more” approach to fashion and beauty with false eyelashes, fantastically full hair & worst of all faker than fake tan?
Not everyone is a whiz at the beauty basics. This, I am fine with – but really ladies, sometimes less is more!
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Why Fake It?
Why oh why do women (myself included) feel to the need to change what we have naturally in the search for something that is hard to maintain, difficult to get right and sometimes makes us feel like a lesser version of someone else, rather than the best version of ourselves.
Fake tan is absolutely the worst offender. The victims of this tangerine dream are mainly brainwashed by the newest religion – the celebrity. And most disturbingly, we reside in sun-starved Ireland where a good summer ‘glow’ is the most we can hope for.
We all want our style to look Saint Tropez chic, we all want our look to make a statement of effortless elegance. But does fake tan really do this?
I hate to point out the obvious here but fake tan looks fantastically stupid (if rather amusing) on the 9 out of 10 women who don’t know how to get it right.
Less is more is a mantra we should all be repeating.
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Get Ready with These Fake Tan Tips
The above video is a pretty good tutorial on how to apply fake tan, but you will definitely want to bear the following tips and steps in mind before you start:
- Opt for a moisturiser with a gradual tan for a more natural look.
- Always exfoliate before you get started to lift those dead skin cells and reveal ready to tan revitalised skin beneath.
- Always moisturise before you tan and allow to dry before starting.
- Always use gloves or a mitt. No one wants orange fingernails (big giveaway!)
- If using tan on your face, a clever trick is to apply Vaseline on your eyebrows & along your hairline to stop any dodgy tide marks.
- Use a buffing mitt to even out your tan and wipe away any excess.
- Invest in self tan remover to take away any stains from your hand.
So, if you are going to jump on the tanning wagon, please do it with the real you in mind. Enhance, rather than empty the bottle, and remember that most people just want to just see the happiest, smiliest, most comfortable version of yourself.
With thanks to Julie Cobbe, style connection coach, for her tips.
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