NYE 2012: Beauty Countdown – a Fabulous Faux Tan
Fri, 28 December 2012 9:00AM
New Year’s Eve is a mere three days away, which no doubt means that you’ve got your party dress picked out, started to think about how you’re going to wear your hair, and even pinned a few pics to your inspiration board for your makeup style.
With that little frock in mind, the beauty maintenance routine to turn your attention to right about now is surely fake tan.
The last time I slapped some self-tanner on – rather haphazardly, might I add – was a few days before Christmas, and now it’s looking a little worse for wear. If you’re in the same boat, never fear – three days is the perfect amount of time in which to create the perfect bronzed glow to ring in the new year.
3 DAYS TO GO …
It’s time for a thorough body exfoliation. Not only does this banish fake tan build-up, it also makes for a rather pleasant beauty experience, since you’ll leave your shower with baby-soft skin and smelling something resembling a fresh bouquet of flowers. Or a lovely bunch of coconuts.
Grab an exfoliating mitt – I love Puretan Reusable Self-Tan Removal Mitt, $24.95, Puretan – which works to remove excess fake tan as well as gently buff away any dry skin, leaving your skin ready for your fresh coat. When you are in the shower, wet your mitt and squeeze any excess water out. Step away from the shower stream and add a small dollop of exfoliant to your glove, like St Tropez Tan Optimser Body Polisher, $33.95, Priceline. Exfoliate in a circular motion, ensuring that you pay close attention to the driest parts of your skin, including knees, ankles and elbows, as old tan tends to build up in these areas.
Today is also the day that you should deal with hair removal. You see, shaving and waxing can temporarily sensitise skin, and if you immediately follow up with fake tan, you can make matters worse. In my case, I break out in small red bumps – not the best look for a party frock. If you’re a shaver, I also recommend using a gentle and hydrating shaving mousse, rather than regular soap, which leaves skin feeling silky-smooth and moisturised.
2 DAYS TO GO …
Wait until tonight before applying your fake tan. Have a shower, ensuring that you have washed off any deodorants, moisturisers and makeup. Once you are thoroughly dry, lock yourself in the bathroom for the night and get tanning!
Before you begin, I can’t stress enough the importance of using a tanning mitt – I don’t know where I would be without my St Tropez Application Mitt, $10.95. It makes the whole process infinitely easier, as it smoothes the tan onto the skin beautifully, making the process much less of a chore. Apply approximately two to three pumps of your favourite fake tan, working on the largest areas first; once you have buffed the tan in a circular motion into your arms, back and legs, you should still have enough tan on your mitt to go back and sweep the mitt into the inner area of your arms, your ankles and wrists. If you notice any streaking, flip the glove over to the thin material on the back of your glove and quickly buff it off. Pay close attention to your heels, the palms of your hands, ankles and knees. Tip: if you soften the skin here first with body moisturiser, this can help to dilute any possible tan build-up.
Go to bed tonight with a set of dark pyjamas and sheets, and make sure you don’t go near a shower for at least eight hours.
1 DAY TO GO …
Primpers, it’s only one day to go to the big night! After you’ve had your morning shower, ensure that your skin stays hydrated by applying a rich body moisturiser. Or, you can apply a coat of tan extender to ensure that you get an extra day or two out of your new bronzed bod, like ModelCo’s Tan Extender Self Tan Enhancer, $12.95, Adore Beauty, enriched with green tea, caffeine and ivy extract to improve the condition and texture of your skin.
If, by the end of the night, you feel like you’re going to need a little more colour, I recommend applying a quick coat of St Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Body Lotion, $29.95, again using your tanning mitt, and only on the areas where you feel that you’ll really need it. I find that I only ever need a little extra on my legs.
Tonight would also be the time to consider tanning your face. Rather than going for a full wash of colour – I live in fear it will go dramatically wrong – I usually mix a little fake tan in with my night cream, which gives me a subtle, and natural-look, golden glow by morning. However, I can also vouch for Le Tan Instant Face Tan, $7.99, Priceline, a delicious-smelling facial faux tan. If you choose to go down this route, after you have finished, grab a baby wipe and brush gently over your eyebrows and up near your hairline to avoid any build-up.
Primpers, it’s time to get your glow on! Since there are guaranteed to be a gazillion photos taken, you want you (and your skin) to look positively luminous. Here’s where illuminator comes in. Not only can you mix in a little with your foundation, but we love using St Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold, $29.95, to dab along your collarbones and the top of your cheekbones for a beautiful, golden finish.
What are you waiting for?
Hop to it, Primpers. Tanned, golden skin awaits!