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.


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.


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.


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!

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: louweeez Master Fan // Fri, 28 December 2012 10:40am

    I use st tropez skin Illuminizer in rose and violet to accentuate my paleness… I try to be as alabaster as possible! Happy New year Hayley, an especially exciting year coming your way I expect! All the best xoxox!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 28 December 2012 03:26pm

    Id love to try tanning my face but im still nervous about doing it. I love your tip on mixing the tanner with my nightly cream.
    I dont party anymore now that I have 2 kidlets but I hope everyone has a wonderful nye bash.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 11:22am

    I add a little extra glow with illuminator and bronzer :)

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 02:49pm

    Great info Louweeez, I’m too pale and not keen on fake tan, bit I like the sound of the Illuminiser.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 11:08am

    another great article, but i hate fake tan, im more than happy to embrace my paleness like louweez :)

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 11:44am

    See my previous posts. I do hope everyone else had a wonderful NYE though.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 5 January 2013 10:05am

    i use st tropes tanner and mitt and love it

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 07:16pm

    great article

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 23 May 2013 06:34pm

    i also love st tropez tan

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 20 June 2013 08:19pm

    I love a sun kissed tan. A self tan that you can build colour.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Wed, 10 July 2013 08:34pm

    I love St Tropez products, it’s a great brand.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 11 June 2014 01:18pm

    I like to use tanning an bronzing products in the colder weather also.


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