Four of the best fake tans
Daring to bare is all well and good but where would we be without the annual ritual of a self-tan disaster. Possibly the hardest thing to judge but essential non the less and as every girl knows milky white skin will only get you so far.
With racing season upon us and a summer wardrobe nearly here, we tested a host of products so that you can head straight for the best products on the beauty shelves. A perfect guide to some easy summer colour.
Best for a foolproof application - Model Co Sunsponge
You will be ready in a flash with Model Co's Sun Sponge. Billed as the first product to use a sponge applicator the bottle isn't exactly suitcase friendly but that's a small price to pay for the ease of use. Three dabs to release the formula means going bronze becomes a breeze and the sponge is great for those awkward leg strokes.
As the formula comes complete with a built in bronzer, it gives a great colour guide for a streak free application. A welcome boost in the battle against the blotch.
Available from Arnotts and selected pharmacies nationwide, priced at €44.
Best for Instant colour- St. Tropez Wash Off Lotion
The St Tropez lotion is pretty much instant which makes gauging your final shade of brown much easier to manage and good way of avoiding those 'you've been tangoed' cliches. The lightweight formula is absorbed easily, so this is recommended for those who have a tendency to miss the odd spot here and there and the fact that it washes off instantly also means you will never have to endure the horrors of a bad application. Perfect if your more green than brown when it comes to sun-kissed skin.
Available from Brown Thomas, Clerys and pharmacies nationwide , priced at €17.40.
Best for a quick top up - Glow Getter by Soap and Glory
If the post holiday tan is beginning to fade, a quick spritz of Soap and Glory's Glow getter will have you back to bronze in a jiffy. Perfect for blending and easily removed, the Sun powder Spray is just one of the reasons why Soap and Glory is quickly becoming everyone favourite product. Gives a blast of beach bronze for even the most die-hard sun queens.
Available from Boots, Priced at €15.
Best for a long lasting tan - Rockstar tan's Self Tan Mousse
Rockstar Tan's Self Tan Mousse is perfect if you don't fancy topping up your tan daily, lasting for up to seven days and smelling almost as good as it looks. It's always difficult to find products that give an even tone, so we were pleased to discover RockStar was developed with Irish skin in mind.
When it comes to application the mousse develops in six hours and adjusts to your skin tone as a tan and tone.
At €29 the price might be a little steep but as well as taking care of the tanning side of things Rockstar have also taken care of the smell. A delicious fragrance of raspberry and almond essence means smelling of biscuits shouldn't ruin a day at the races!
Available from Arnotts, priced at €29.99.