I was recently asked by one of my beautiful readers to do a step by step on how to fake tan!
Fake tanning seems to be hated by some, overdone by many & loved by too few!
I'm naturally quite pale, in fact flourescent if don't see sun for a while, but I don't want to subject myself to the sun too often to rely on getting a tan!
I have done so many make ups on 30 something women who have CLEARLY overdone the whole sunbaking thing... & trust me, their skin is not good.
It gets this hideous leathery feel to it, age spots set in prematurely, & not to mention, their wrinkles are multiplied!
Don't get me wrong, seeing sunlight is definitely a good thing, just don't subject yourself to it for so long that you get an impressive tan!
Leather handbags are great. Leathery skin is not.
So i say...
Fake it 'til you make it!
Firstly, have a shower!
While you're in there, exfoliate your entire body.
I use Lux Exfoliating Body Wash (because it smells so delicious!!) with an exfoliating glove.
Rinse yourself off!
Dry yourself thoroughly & moisturize your toes & hands. If you have dry scaly skin on your elbows, ankles & knees, moisturize them as well!
Wait around 20 minutes for the moisturizer to soak in, then start applying your tan!
I use Le Tan Instant Foaming Mousse in Deep Bronze & Bronze & I will explain how to put both colours to good use!
Start by doing your feet with the Bronze (which is the lighter colour out of the two) & apply it all over, taking good care to cover every toe & around your ankles.
Then get the Deep Bronze (the darker colour) & do your legs, torso & arms.
Use a strong sweeping motion, but don't rub it in too much so your skin can absorb the colour evenly.
Make sure you don't miss any parts of your body! You don't want to look blotchy!
Then grab the Bronze & cover your neck, face & ears, making sure to get every nook & cranny.
(Definitely do your neck, but doing your face is optional. Just make sure if you don't do it, you use a darker foundation to match your body)
I've noticed that there is one small patch of skin on my back that i can't reach very well.. If you have the same issue, grab a friend/partner/relative to do that part for you,
OR do my little trick- Instead of pumping the foam into the palm of your hand, pump it onto the back and spread it out so that you can reach up to that section with the flat, back of your hand rather than a wonky hand & a few little fingers.. which obviously leaves finger marks!
If you don't want your tan to be too dark. Skip the next step & jump to the last!
If you want to look like you've been holidaying in Hawaii, wait 20 minutes for the first layer of tan to dry, then repeat the entire process!
You can do your entire body for the second time with the Bronze if you don't want to apply more of the Deep Bronze.
That part is totally up to you & how dark you want to be.
Finish by washing your hands thoroughly with soap, making sure you wash properly between your fingers! Then grab the Bronze & pump a little onto my hands & wipe the insides VERY thoroughly with a baby wipe so they can blend in with the rest of my tan & my palms don't go orange.
Now go stand in front of a heater, fire, blow dryer to help speed up the drying process & send yourself to bed!
The next day you will wake up beautiful & bronzed!
Jump in the shower (if you don't do it overnight make sure you wait AT LEAST 8 hours before showering) & wash the excess tan off with a body wash (NOT an exfoliating one).
Then smother yourself with a yummy smelling moisturizer to cover the smell of fake tan!
I use Cocoa Butter, because I'm obsessed with it!
I repeat this entire process usually once a week.
During the week, moisturize yourself every day, in fact, twice a day if you can & apply either some gradual tan or the Bronze tan every three or four days to maintain your colour!
Losing your tan is very easy!
I learnt this after frying myself in Bali a few years ago (tsk tsk. naughty Rachael) . I went to so much effort to get a tan which i was super excited about, then 2 weeks later I had a spa..
When i got out, i was white again & the bubbles were brown!
So here are my tips for a lasting tan..
DO NOT HAVE A SPA!!!!
Cut your showers down to 5 minutes.
In fact, don't spend too much time in water in general.
Don't go rubbing yourself dry with your towel, instead pat yourself dry!
& moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! especially in winter!
Enjoy the healthy feeling of being tanned & think of the world of good you're doing to your skin (& body) by avoiding all that sun baking!!!
"How does a blonde do a smokey dark eye without it looking to full on?
What colours are best to use?"
For a smokey eye that isn't too full on I would say this is my favourite look:
Take note: I did this a little heavier than usual so it would show up well in the photo!
It's also quite simple to achieve.
After prepping your eyelids,
(With foundation, followed by concealer & then a translucent powder.)
Apply a beautiful natural shimmery colour powder to your eyelids
( I love MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle')
& the inner V corners of your eyes to highlight.
If you don't want a shimmery powder on your eyelids just leave the translucent powder that you applied after your concealer. Still do the inner corners of your eyes though!
Follow that up with some heavy black eyeliner on the inner rim of your eyes, top & bottom!
(I would use MAC gel eyeliner in 'Blacktrack')
Then get a black eyeshadow
(& a smaller eyeshadow brush)
& smudge it all along your top lash line, creating a blended black line above your lashes.
Use the same eyeshadow & darken the outer V of your eyes, top & bottom.
If you feel that's too heavy you can leave out the smudging all the way along the lashline & just smudge the outer V instead. Just make sure you blend the black into your eyelashes so there are no harsh lines showing!
Curl your lashes, apply plenty of black mascara & you're done!
I have another option for you as well which I wear on an almost every day basis.
It's not quite a "smokey" eye but definitely a great look that isn't too full on,
yet you still feel like you're eyes are strong enough to wear on a night out!
As i did in this picture..
Please note: this eye make up i am about to teach you,
will not make you scrunch your face up or look as stupid as i do in this photo.
That was my own doing.
The process is quite similar to the first look
Prep your eylids.
Apply the shimmery eyeshadow... or not. Again, It's up to you!
Do highlight the inner corners of your eyes with the shimmery shadow though!
Again, apply lots of black eyeliner to the inner rims of your eyes.
Then apply a taupe eyeshadow on your eyelids
Apply it all over your entire eyelid if you skipped the shimmer powder step
& only apply along your lashline if you did apply the shimmer powder to your eyelid.
(I use L'oreal ColourAppeal in '46 Crystal Brown')
Use the same colour & apply along the bottom lashline as well.
Curl your lashes & load them up with mascara & you've completed another great look!
"In between my eyebrows I get very dry skin. When I apply makeup it often makes it look worse. I exfoliate and moisturize and the problem is still there? What can i do to help this?"
It's hard to say what will definitely help this without knowing what's causing it.. & unfortunately I am no dermatologist!
I can tell you a few things to try that may help you though!
Firstly, I'm thinking it could be the products you're using on your skin that could be causing the dryness..
When you exfoliate, try mixing cetaphil cleanser with some bi carb of soda until it has a gritty texture, instead of using a brand name exfoliant. Make sure you wash it off properly while being very gentle with your skin!
I would suggest doing this every 4 or so days for a few weeks & see how you go.
Cetaphil is non drying & doesn't have as many irritations as other skin cleansers.
Follow it up with some cetaphil moisturizer as well. It's really great on sensitive skin! They have a light moisturizing lotion as well as a thick moisturizer. It's up to you which one you choose, whatever you prefer!
Use this twice a day, & especially after you exfoliate to help nourish your skin.
There is also a great product by Estee lauder called Advanced Night Repair.
It's quite expensive but it is incredible.
There have been a lot of success stories with the product as it's been around for years & years & rumour has it that it was once upon a time used on burn victims in hospital.
I've had very dry skin myself in the past & Advanced Night Repair was so nourishing & wonderful & i would recommend it to everyone - even if they don't have dry skin!
For you, i would say to use it once a day BEFORE applying your make up in the morning! & if you want to, before you go to sleep at night!
Also, take a look at the make up your using. Seeing as you said the tinted moisturizer is fine with it, I'm thinking maybe the foundation you're using is too drying.
If you have a big enough budget, use a great quality foundation like Giorgio Armani's Silk Luminous. It's not as nourishing as a tinted moisturizer but definitely isn't as drying as some other brands.
If you've been using a matte foundation that would also make your skin look dry! So look for a foundation that has lots of sheen to it! Even MAC face & body foundation could be good on your skin!
Try not to use any thick cream concealers on the dry area either as these will show how dry it really is! Instead opt for a liquid concealer.
If none of these solutions help, I definitely suggest going to a dermatologist or doctor & having a chat to them to see if there is a more serious problem behind it.. maybe it's an allergy to something you're eating or a medicine you're taking!
If you happen to be on roaccatane for having bad skin, this would almost definitely be the cause of your dry skin.