Nothing says summer like a gorgeous (faux) glow, and we just learned the best self-tanner trick that’ll have you radiant from now through Labor Day. Enter James Read, the self-tanning expert who’s responsible for the sun-kissed skin of British bombshell Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
To give Huntington-Whiteley that lit from within look, Read follows a simple yet effective technique where he applies three (yes, three) thin layers of self-tanner. The key here? Go slow. “I layered in the tan in fine lines,” he told E! News. “By the time I got to the third layer, it looked like one because I built them up. It makes the tan deep and last longer.” He also suggests waiting ten minutes between each layer to ensure that the product has fully dried. Just the right amount of time to catch up on whatever show you’re currently binge watching (Queer Eye, anyone?).
If you’re in a hurry and need that hint of color fast, Read suggests mixing an instant formula with your go-to moisturizer: “The tanner in the moisturizer will lift the express tan that you have. In a couple of hours, you’ll get a really nice tan that will have a wet look that makes the legs look reflective.” A gorgeous glow while we walk strut out the door? Consider us sold.
Thanks for spreading the (bronze) wealth, Read.