I Link It: How to Ensure That Faux Glow Is for Show Friday 10 August, 2012

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A successful self-tan depends just as much on the prep and post-application care as the self-tanner itself. St. Tropez’s Fiona Locke gives her best pre- and post-self-tanner tips.

Admission: I’ve been five years clean. Five years clean of tanning beds, that is. Yes, I was an indoor-tanning junkie, and I will talk about that more later. But when I cut tanning beds out of my life, I introduced self-tanner into it. I became obsessed with the idea of the most perfect-and-natural-looking self-tan—which we all know is hard to come by. In my quest to oust the orange, I found two brands I quite fancy: St. Tropez and Xen-Tan. They have this greenish base that counteracts the carrot-like cast so often associated with self-tanner, and they smell the least like a wet paper bag of any I’ve found. (Though, if you’ve come across a smell-free self-tanner, please let me know in the comments!)

But the actual self-tanner is just part of the equation in a successful bronzing. As I came to find out through interviewing Fiona Locke, St. Tropez’s skin-finishing expert and the woman who bronzes the bods of Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone, for the Makeup.com story “How to Ensure That Faux Glow Is for Show,” how you prep your skin and how you take care of it post-self-tanner is just as important. In fact, you really need to go in with a strategy that goes beyond “slap on the bronzer and call it a day.”

Give these pre- and post-self-tanner tips a read and then let me know if you have one to add!

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