How to give your skin a faux-looking glow

For first time tanners with pale skin, to those in the know. We share three self-tans that will give your skin a believable looking tan within a few hours. By Trudi Brewer.

 Model wears:  ST Tropez  Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse,  Lonely  Connie swimsuit, $240 and  Gucci  Aviator sunglasses, $615. Photographed on location at Waikiki beach, Hawaii.

Model wears: ST Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse, Lonely Connie swimsuit, $240 and Gucci Aviator sunglasses, $615. Photographed on location at Waikiki beach, Hawaii.

If you're a nervous self-tanner

If self-tan scares you, or you have very pale skin, the best way to ease yourself into DIY tanning is with a gradual tanning moisturizer. Use this like you would a body lotion, every day when you get out of the shower and within three days, you should notice a natural-looking tan. Gradual tanners not only deliver a light layer of colour they leave your skin looking well nourished and also lower your risk of streaks and an uneven-looking application. While this is a body moisturiser with a light level tan, you still need to wash your hands after applying it, otherwise, you will get slight staining around the nails.

ST. Tropez Gradual Tanner
 

ST. Tropez Gradual Tanner, $40.

Build up a natural-looking tan perfect on pale skin tones, for everyday use. there is no nasty fragrance or tell-tale tanning lines with this moisturiser, just a healthy glow that every woman craves during summer.

There are two shades Light/Medium or Medium/Dark.

If you are a regular self-tanner

You're likely to have a favourite by now when it comes to giving your skin a faux glow, but there’s always something new in the world of self-tanning and we are nuts about the latest water tan. It's by far the fastest tanner we have ever used, gives a fantastic-looking tan within a few hours, and the best news it does not smell. No orange, streaky skin and the hydrating finish it gives the skin feels clean and smooth afterward.

ST. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Mousse
 

ST. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, $60.

This hydrating water-like foam gives a sun-kissed glow on the skin that doesn't streak or stain your clothes. It's perfect to apply in the morning and you will be looking tanned by the afternoon.

If you are a tanning pro

Your tanning expertise makes you the ideal candidate for a bold bronzing mousse. Armed with a tanning mitt (invaluable for avoiding staining on the hands and nails), apply this golden, long-lasting tan from ST. Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse, which keeps your skin tan for 2-3 weeks — which is four times longer than your usual tanner. Only use this product if you’ve got the skills you need to apply around tricky areas (ankles, knees, and elbows) and you know how to apply evenly so you don’t have streaks.

ST. Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse
 
 

ST. Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse, $75.

Apply with a mitt, for a seamless coverage, and then rinse off after four hours. Expect an intense, but natural-looking, extra bronze tan.