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This summer’s tans are soft, subtle and, most importantly, look like your own…
‘For a subtle sheen, mix fake tan with your daily moisturiser to gradually build colour over a week,’ advises St. Tropez expert Jules Heptonstall. Then create a lit-from-within luminosity using a radiance-boosting primer and bronzer applied where the sun naturally hits your face. ‘Use YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones, £31/3,100 points (10g), to draw a stripe from the apple of one cheek, across your nose to the other cheek, and blend with a brush,’ says YSL’s Fred Letailleur. ‘Then tap a highlighter over cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow to reflect light.’ Finish with a glossy lip oil, such as Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey, £19/1,900 points (7ml).
‘To take your glow to the next level, it’s all about shimmery, glossy skin,’ says Jules. ‘Apply an oil-free moisturiser to your hands, elbows and feet, to avoid blotchy marks, then mix a little of the same moisturiser with St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, £33/3,300 points (200ml), on the back of a tanning mitt. Sweep on using light strokes, and rinse after an hour. Blend Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, £28/2,800 points (100ml), down shins and across your collarbone and shoulders for a sheer, gleaming finish.’ A touch of shimmer on your face will complete the look – we like Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze Boots Exclusive, £4.99/499 points.
No one wants skin that screams ‘I came from a bottle!’ – early summer calls for a light veil of barely-there colour. ‘The key to a natural finish is to exfoliate first to remove oil and dead skin cells,’ says Sandra Vaughan of Fake Bake. Choose a lotion that has a colour guide, such as Fake Bake Flawless Darker Self-Tan Liquid, £25/2,500 points (170ml), and don’t be put off if you’re fair, as the clever formula adjusts to your skin to develop the right colour. ‘Using the soft side of a mitt for your body and tanning gloves for your face, apply the lotion in a circular motion. Rinse after six hours, and apply an oil-free moisturiser to keep skin hydrated.’
All featured swimwear is new and exclusive to Boots; available in larger stores only. When in the sun, wear sunscreen that’s at least SPF15 and four stars, spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, and cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
Words Natalie Ticehurst Photography Will Whipple Beauty direction Donna Francis Hair and make-up Lisa Valencia at Carol Hayes Model Tenna at Premier. With thanks to Beaches Ocho Rios Resort, Jamaica