Marie Claire: Self-Tanning Masterclass

November 07, 2014

Top tips from Nicole Dash Jones, founder of the Madame LA LA self-tanning range.

MC's step-by-step guide will transform you into a bronzed goddess at home!

Tense the muscles of the body part where you are applying the product, so that you can see your natural contour lines and define your dream shape.’ – Nicole Dash Jones

TIP: Mix in some bronzer with your self-tanning product to create definition and illumination on areas like your bust.

Pre-care:
Create a smooth surface. Start by exfoliating the skin using a wash cloth or scrub to slough off dry skin and create the perfect surface for a smooth, even tan. Any thick hairs on areas like the legs, back or underarms should be removed, as the product can stick to the hair, creating a patchy finish. Ensure that the skin is properly moisturised and prepped for application.

Step 1
Wear gloves or use a tanning mitt during the self-tanning process to avoid staining your palms. Stand on a dark towel during application so that you don’t stain the floor.

Step 2
Start application on your legs,working upwards, to prevent creasing caused when you bend down.

Step 3
Apply a small amount of product onto the glove or mitt and rub onto legs in a broad, circular motion, then the arms, stomach and chest. Ensure that each surface is evenly covered and not streaky.

Step 4
When applying to the face, note your natural tan spots; the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Use product sparingly – you want your face to be slightly lighter than the rest of your body for a natural look.

Step 5
Allow at least 15 minutes for the product to dry and do not shower or bath for eight hours after application.

Post-care
Moisture is key. Keeping the skin moisturised will help to preserve your tan for longer. Avoid any oil-based lotions and pat skin dry, rather than using an abrasive rubbing motion after a shower, bath or dip in the pool. Always apply sunscreen when exposed to natural sunlight to avoid flaking caused by sunburn and to
increase your tan’s longevity.





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