Four of the Best: Fake tans
Ah, the dreaded tan. Possibly the most difficult look to get right. Preparation and application is everything when it comes to tanning. With this in mind, we at Independent Woman grabbed the mitts and headed for the beauty aisles and having scrubbed the streaks and cleaned the sheets, we can now bring you our four fake tan favourites!
Lancome Flash Bronzer Self Tanning Leg Gel
Light limbs in need of some colour will be bronzed in a jiffy with Lancome's Flash Bronzer Leg Gel. Despite the name, this shimmering potion can be applied all over and as the formula is nicely tinted, application is a breeze and skin is left with a beautiful golden sheen while you wait for that deeper colour to develop. Enriched with Vitamin E, 30 minutes is all it takes for a caramel shade to come through and once developed, those pasty limbs are as good as golden for the next five days.
Available from selected department stores, priced at €28.50
St Tropez The Naturals Self Tan Lotion
Paler beauties looking to avoid the bronzed look altogether will love this latest offering from St Tropez. The Naturals Self Tan Lotion brightens skin while injecting a subtle hint of naturally luminous colour! No Streaks, no bronze, no biscuit smells and as if a great glow weren't enough, the lotion is also packed with skin smoothing goodies like avocado and mango seed oil.
Available from Brown Thomas, priced at €34.95
Wow Brown Ready to Glow
Ladies on the hunt for a liquid glow may find Wow Brown's Ready to Glow is just the thing. Developed by Irish beauties Fran and Don, the super dark, quick drying formula is perfect for seasoned tanners looking for a tan rich top-up. Developing over 8 hours, the end result is easy application and a surprisingly even colour. Great for suitcases, the airport friendly 100ml bottle also comes with a handy spray nozzle which means leaks and spills are a thing of the past - hurrah!
Available from Wow Brown, priced at €20
Tantastic's Self Tanning Gel
Skin tight on time will be bronzed in an instant with Tantastic's Self Tanning Gel. What you see is what you get with the instant formula which glides on smoothly and dries in a jiffy. Perfect for last minute top-ups, packed with Vitamins B and E for hydration and water soluble in case you overdo it, this is perfect for first time tanners and anyone looking to get some glow on the go. Genius.
Available from pharmacies nationwide, priced at €21.50