Health: Achieving a Saint Tropez tan doesn’t have to be dangerous
Faking it can be just as good
"People are becoming more aware of the dangers of the sun," Julia explains, "but they still want to enjoy the effects of what the sun can do and enhance skin tone for the summer or for an event."
Her advice is to ditch self-tanning beds and create a tan with the help of the right products and a round sponge.The most important things to remember during the process of fake tanning are to prepare your skin and choose the right products, Julia says. Also, for a smooth and clear application, be sure to exfoliate. "Skin has different layers and can appear darker in certain areas," she explains.
Before buying any product, ask for samples and test the undertone of colours as some may appear more orange, red, or bronze depending on the person. And we all know that no-one really wants an orange Lindsey Lohan tan.
To enhance skin colour, you should go two shades darker than your natural skin tone: "This will give a nice glow to your skin without the sun, and you'll look normal. You don't want people to notice you did something different."
Be careful when applying products and remember those often forgotten areas like knees, elbows, finger joints, and the inside of your arms. Be sure to focus on these so your tan is even and natural looking. If the makeup is too pigmented, Julia recommends adding water to dilute the product for a quick fix.
It is also advisable to avoid using too much. "Don't think that adding more is going to make a difference," says Julia, "the 'less is more' mentality is true with bronzing as well."
When applying makeup to the body, consider places that stand out most, like your collarbone, she advises. When it comes to the face, always start at the outer part and work your way in. Start with cheekbones and temples. The area that is first touched gets the most pigment and allows for a nice finish as you work your way in, which will make your tan appear more natural.
For more coverage, use Make Up For Ever's Face & Body Liquid Makeup, which is waterproof and originally designed for synchronised swimmers. Liquid makeup diminishes the appearance of veins and scars and is one of Julia's favourite products.There's no doubt about it, if done properly, faking it is a great way to look radiant without any of the risks associated with UV exposure.