Our interest in running an actual marathon? That’s debatable. But Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale is a totally different story. It’s a shopping event that feels more like an epic marathon, spanning a full 21 days, with new deals and amazing sales dropping every 24 hours. And today, March 19, is a special day, because it’s when a crucial springtime product is 50 percent off. Yep, we’re talking about St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse.
If you’ve ever applied (or, ya know, attempted to apply) self-tanner, you know it must be three things: streak-free, odor-free and not at all orange (seriously, there are no exceptions on the latter). St. Tropez’s classic mousse ticks all those boxes. It also goes on foamy and mousse-like, without turning into a messy liquid as soon as it touches your skin, and it also dries super quickly, so there’s minimal room for error. Plus, it doesn’t have that telltale self-tanner smell; instead, it’s infused with a sweet floral scent that you’ll actually want to slather all over your body.
While it can be applied with your hands, we suggest springing for St. Tropez’s handy Double Sided Applicator Mitt ($8) to keep your palms from winding up five shades darker than the rest of your body.
St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse counts Kim Kardashian, Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid and Alicia Vikander as fans, plus countless beauty editors and other self-tan pros (including the hundreds of happy customers who left five-star reviews on Ulta). And the fact this self-tanner is 50 percent off today only means we’ll be stocking up for the season and sparing our skin the UV damage that comes from baking in the actual sun. After a long winter spent indoors, our pasty skin is looking forward to doing some healthy bronzing.
OK, curious how to best apply your new self-tanner? Here are our tips for getting the best streak-free bronze:
Step 1: Exfoliate your skin 24 hours prior to application to slough off dead skin and buff away dry patches for a smoother, more even application.
Step 2: Just before use, moisturize any dry areas that are prone to discoloration, including elbows, knees, ankles, feet and even knuckles.
Step 3: Apply a dollop of product to your applicator mitt and apply to the skin with long sweeping motions, starting at the ankles and working your way up. When you get to your back, turn the mitt around to the unused side and start applying in the same way. Once you’ve evenly coated your whole body, lightly glide any excess tanner from the mitt over the tops of your hands and feet.
Step 4: Wait a few minutes until it’s completely dry before getting dressed.
Step 5: Let your new tan develop for about four to eight hours before showering. Then revel in your new faux glow.