Sunday, 20 October 2013

My A/W Fake Tanning Guide

I love a bit of fake tan, especially during the A/W season. It makes me feel more confident and adds a healthy glow to my face and body. Today, I would like to share some of my favourite fake tanning products I use and repurchase regularly, plus some new additions  to my routine.

To add a healthy, bronzed glow to my face, I have been using the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Lotion* (£18.00). It is exactly what I was looking for and I totally understand the hype around it.  It is a light lotion, very easy to use, totally fuss free and non streaky. You simply pour it onto a cotton wool pad, sweep over your face and neck (after exfoliating and toning the skin) and follow with a moisturiser. It is absorbed into the skin within a couple of seconds and you don't have to worry about looking patchy or orange. If you want a more intense effect, you can use your fingers to massage it into the skin, or apply two thin layers of  the product. I use it at night time a couple of times a week and it works wonders. It gives the most natural looking tan and it is 100% foolproof!

If I wake up in the morning looking slightly pale, I reach for the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning Primer* (£18.00). If you love the original Instant Smoothing Perfecting Touch, you will fall in love with this stuff! It smooths the skin, leaving it silky soft and adds a very subtle glow. It is perfect for those who are scared of using regular self tanning products, or ladies with very fair skin. The initial glow looks very natural and the very light brown colour develops after a couple of hours. It won't be dark though, don't worry. It will make you look more radiant and provide the perfect base for makeup.

For a temporary tan on my face and decolletage,  I use the Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate*. It can be used alone, under makeup or mixed with your foundation. I can achieve quite a dark look with it, but I usually apply a small amount for a lovely looking glow. 

On my body, I use my all time favourite Xen-Tan Dark Lotion (£24.95) or the  Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan (£20.95). They are both amazing and very moisturising. Dark Lotion gives a dark 'holiday tan', while the Moroccan Tan leaves me SUPER dark and I would only recommend it to those with real fake tanning experience! Have a look at  the before and after photo here (OMG!!!). None of the Xen-Tan products make me look orange and they smell incredible. I simply apply them at night and wash off in the morning.

If I managed to skip my weekly fake tanning night, I can always rely on the  He-Shi Liquid Tan (£31.45 for 300ml). It gives an instant tan in minutes and it is absorbed into the skin really quickly. I love it!

Always remember to prep your skin - exfoliate it properly and moisturise with an oil free lotion the night before tanning. To keep your tan looking gorgeous all week- moisturise every day with your favourite body butters and lotions :)

Full reviews: Dark Lotion, He-Shi Liquid Tan

The best way to apply fake tanning lotions and liquids is with a tanning mitt. My favourite one is by He-Shi (£3.85 via feelunique), but he Xen-Tan (£3.75) one is fab too. I really dislike cheap tanning mitts, because they fall apart after one or two uses. You can also use disposable gloves with tanning lotions and mousses.

If you have a fake tanning disaster and end up patchy and streaky, try to wipe off the mistakes with baby wipes, or scrub your skin with exfoliating gloves. I got this Tan Organic 'eraser mitt' in a beauty box in the past and it is fantastic for removing fake tanning mistakes!

Let me know what your favourite fake tanning products are and if you have any tips for the perfect fake tan, share them  in the comments below.

*PR samples



  1. Hey :)

    I steer away from self tan. I had one very bad experience and literally was the colour of an umpa lumpa...and I have red hair so I look pretty awful. Good post though, it'll be helpful to all those self tanners out there :)

    Do we get to see your tan in your next post?


    Hailes Hearts Fashion.

    1. I think you would like the Clarins ones for your face. They are very subtle. You can also try gradual lotions for your body.

      PS. You can see my fake tan in the linked reviews of the products mentioned.

  2. I need to try that Clarins Primer! I'm so rubbish at fake tanning that I reckon I'd get a lot of use out of the eraser mitt! lol

    Jen xx

    1. It is lovely and adds a natural looking glow. You also get quite a lot of product for your money :)

  3. I adore xen tan Moroccan tan, I also love their face tanner for a nice subtle glow. I've not tried Clarins products before so much give these a try!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

    1. Moroccan Tan is the best :) I love the face tanner too.

      I would definitely recommend Clarins. They are one of my favourite brands for skincare and makeup.

  4. I love how quickly Clarins products absorb into the skin! And although I'm not one to use fake tanners this really gets me in the mood to go out & make a few quick purchases, I can always use some more color!!

    A Brunette In The City

    1. Clarins always get it right, don't they? I just can't fault any of their products I have tried so far.

      I used to be terrified of fake tanning, after an Umpa Lumpa disaster as a teenager, but the formulas from brands like Xen-Tan look very natural and are olive toned, not orange :) St Tropez is great as well.


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