Beauty: Five of the best... fake tans for the face
ANDREA BYRNE – PUBLISHED 03 MAY 2014 02:30 AM
I've always been a bit cagey about using fake tan on my face because invariably after a full-body spray tan I would break out in spots. But, as I've recently found, the key is in the preparation and, obviously, the right product.
Firstly, make sure your skin in cleansed and toned. A gentle toner is important as you want your pores closed shut before fake tan application. If you've no toner, running an ice cube over your face will have the same effect.
Now pat your face dry. You don't need to use much product. A coin-sized amount should be enough for your face and neck.
I'm not a fan of spray facial bronzers as I don't feel in control of where the product is being sprayed. I prefer gels and creams.
Once applied, get a facial wipe or an old damp face towel and wipe away any product from the hairline and eyebrows. If you're fair and don't want too much colour, Clarins' Liquid Bronze and St Tropez's Gradual Tan are perfect as they'll deliver a healthy glow that will sit nicely under your make-up.
Fake tan novices should try Ambre Solaire's 1-week Glow as it's tinted, making it easy to apply evenly.
If it's a strong but natural colour you're after, nothing beats Lancome's Flash Bronzer. Its gel-texture is pleasant to work with too.
Now with a cult-following, James Read Sleep Mask, which contains hyaluronic acid and red algae, will make your skin look plump and hydrated as well as tanned. Triple victory. Remember, very few facial tanners contain sunscreen so you will need to apply an product over them.
Baby Dolly Kiss & Blush, €30, Yves Saint Laurent, available in selected department stores nationwide.
I am so in love with this cheek and lip product that I'm not sure what I would do if, God forbid, it became discontinued. Yes, it is that gorgeous and the velvety and matte texture and soft pigment means it's very easy to work with too, and not a bit drying.
Waterproof Brow Set, €17.50, MAC, available in Brown Thomas and BT2 stores nationwide.
Finally, a product that will tame and fill in our brows while also withstanding water, sweat and humidity. A summer essential.
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