Tuesday 16 January 2018

Seven things you’re probably doing wrong when it comes to fake tan

Millie Mackintosh suffered a wardrobe malfunction in her Sass and Bide dress. However she still managed to look stunning in the strapless side-split gown. The reality star completed her look with a half-up hairdo and gold bangles
Model Kendall Jenner
British actress Sienna Miller attends the Evening Standard Theatre awards in London
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Freya Drohan

We caught up with the man responsible for giving Laura Whitmore, Millie Mackintosh, Blake Lively and Sienna Miller their year-round glow to find out his fake-tan-faux pas.

Jules Heptonstall is a global tanning expert with experience working on tv sets (The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing) and spraying the industry’s most glamorous women.

Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore

Seeing as Jules was trusted to spray Millie Mackintosh for her wedding, convince Irish beauty Laura Whitmore to have her first spray tan (she’s hooked now) and work with Kendall Jenner at Milan Fashion Week (he says she’s simply lovely, incase you were wondering) we reckon he knows just about everything there is to know about the perfect false tan application.

A popular male beauty blogger, Jules was enlisted by St Tropez to become their 'Skin Finishing Expert' for the launch of their new advanced bronzing mousse and innovative self tan luxe oil - the first tanning oil of its kind.

Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House
Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House

A man after our own hearts, Jules says a tan isn’t just about the colour - “it’s about the confidence.”

Here are his top tips to a fool proof finish:

1. Exfoliating is essential as you need to make sure you have removed any left over tan. One day before applying your tan, exfoliate tip to toe - pour some baby oil into the bath as you soak to soften and help lift stubborn tan.

2. If you are waxing or shaving, make sure you do this 24 hours before tanning to make sure the skin is calm and settled.

3. Moisturise your elbows, knees, ankles, feet and any light hair immediately before tanning to make sure they don’t absorb the product.

4. Always use an applicator mitt to give an even, streak-free finish and avoid staining the palms of your hands. Apply the tan in sweeping motions beginning at your legs and working upwards.

5. When tanning your hands and feet, you don’t need to add any additional product to the tanning mitt - just use the residue left on the mitt from the body application, this is enough.

6. After application, wipe the palms of your hands, in between your fingers, your fingernails and your toe nails with a baby wipe to avoid any leftover colouration.

7.After you are finished tanning, rub a small amount of moisturiser onto your palms where they meet your wrists to blend the tan and ensure your skin doesn’t look dry or patchy.


One of our biggest complaints about false tan is when it rubs off on our clothes or sheets. To avoid this, Jules recommends St Tropez’ new Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse. This fast-acting product allows the wearer to decide their desired shade of tan by washing off the first layer after one, two or three hours.

For those who want a natural looking, healthy glow, St Tropez have also introduced a tanning oil which they unveiled on the models at Julien McDonald’s SS 15 show (above and below) at London Fashion Week last September.

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The non-greasy and non-pore blocking Luxe Facial Oil is a celebrity favourite to give a hydrated, golden sheen to the complexion. The lightweight and iridescent Luxe Dry Body Oil will also become available in March.

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