The Best Ways to Fake a Tan Pronto
Oh, and look 5 pounds thinner while you’re at it
Protecting ourselves against sun damage also means missing out on that just-got-back-from-a-glam-beach-getaway look. But we know the secret to getting a golden look without real rays. Here, four ways to look sun-kissed without the sun--whether at home or at the salon. Oh, and one even tones you up.
WANT TO BUILD A GRADUAL TAN?
Nobody wants to show up for work looking like an Oompa Loompa. So build up a bronze tone with St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion ($25). It’s a clear gel that you apply on wet skin. Leave on for three minutes, then rinse clear.
Repeat regularly for that totally natural look.
WANT DARKER AND SOFTER SKIN?
You’ll want a multi-purpose formula such as TanTowel Self-Tan Towelette for Face and Body ($27). The ten-pack of towelettes exfoliates and moisturizes, while amino acids bring up a hue that is comparable with your skin’s natural tone, not orangey (again, we’re not going for the Oompa Loompa thing).
WANT TO REDUCE CELLULITE?
Aussie brand Skinny Tan ($40) is newly available stateside with its genius idea--combine an anti-cellulite cream with a tanner. Skin-smoothing guarana reduces the appearance of dimples right away, while a bronzer in the cream immediately darkens your tone. Then, in a few hours, the tan develops and lasts for seven days.
WANT A PRO TO DEAL WITH IT ALL?
Go to Portofino Beverly Hills for a custom airbrush treatment (starting at $100). An experienced aesthetician selects one of 225 skin tones, lets you choose from dozens of fragrances like cool mint and lavender and applies extras like subtle shimmer and sheen finishes. You know, as if you were getting an auto paint job. Best of all, you can ask for contouring, so a little bit of lighter tone can accent your collarbone and, ahem, a darker shade can make those thighs look surprisingly more willowy.