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Beauty masterclass

Fake tan for legs

How to achieve sunkissed perfection for your pins

Do your prep

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    Fake Bake’s James Harknett’s pro pre-tan tips

    DO shave or wax at least one day before tanning to stop the colour settling in pores, which can give skin that dotted appearance.

    DO exfoliate beforehand. Smooth skin is less likely to streak, so try Boots Extracts Tropical Coconut Body Scrub, £6.50/650 points (400ml).

    DON’T moisturise before tanning, as it can stop colour from going on evenly (but do use a little on dry areas, such as knees and ankles).

    DO wipe moisturiser over toenails to prevent them darkening.

    AND THEN… When you’re ready to tan, rest your foot on the bath or loo, with your leg bent to open the creases on the knee cap. Apply from the top of your thigh down to your ankle. Your feet are the driest area, so mix moisturiser with your tan to stop them absorbing too much colour.

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Choose your tan

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    FOR A WASH-OFF TINT: SPRAY We love: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Tan Glow, £9.99/999 points (75ml) – it covers veins, freckles and imperfections.

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    FOR A TAILORED GLOW: GRADUAL

    We love: This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38/3,800 points (120ml). Use it every day for a darker, longer-lasting colour, or less often for a subtle look.

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    FOR A QUICK-DRY COLOUR: GEL We love: Lancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Gel Legs, £26/2,600 points (125ml). The lightweight, easy-to-apply formula dries quickly, so you can get dressed right away.

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    FOR FAKE-TAN PROS: LIQUID We love: Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid, £25/2,500 points (170ml). Spray a few pumps onto the mitt (provided with the product) and apply from the thighs downwards, using circular motions.

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Help it last

‘Drench legs in moisturiser after the tan develops,’ says James. ‘Sanctuary Spa Long Lasting Moisture 4 Day Moisture Body Oil Spray, £7.50/750 points (125ml), gives skin a glossy sheen. To make legs look longer, just apply it down the front.’ Need to put socks on immediately? Shake some talcum powder into them first to stop your tan rubbing off! 

Pro Tip

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    ‘For a slick finish, dab fake tan onto a make-up brush,’ advises James – try Bare Minerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, £24/2,400 points. ‘Apply it like a foundation to awkward areas, such as ankles and feet, to avoid ugly patches.’

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Always wear appropriate SPF when in the sun. Spend time in the shade or cover up to minimise sun exposure.

Words Caroline Brien Photography John Rowley, Pixeleyes Model Adeline at M+P Models With thanks to The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort, Maldives

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