How to fake a summer glow
Nothing gives a confidence boost quite like a summer glow, and while colour trends come and go, it never goes out of style. Here's our guide to looking like you just got back from a beach holiday, even when you've only been to Margate.
Fake tan can be daunting, but a natural-looking finish is 90% about the preparation. Always exfoliate first (24 hours beforehand is ideal) to get rid of any dead skin cells that could cause patching, and moisturise any particularly dry areas, like your elbows, knees and ankles. To ensure an even application, use a tanning mitt for your body, concentrating on the main areas first then swiping the leftover residue over hands and feet. Use cotton pads for any face-specific tans.
Now you're looking suitably bronzed, a base with dewy, sheer coverage will help you achieve that 'I've just got back from the beach and my skin is still flawless' kind of look. Apply with a damp beauty blender for a natural finish.
For the magpies among us, highlighters are the holy grail of all beauty products. Mix a little bit with your foundation for an illuminating base or just apply to the most prominent areas of your face - your cheekbones, brow bones and down the centre of your nose.