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If you want a wash-off one, the Rimmel Sunshimmer one in Light Shimmer (not the matte one, almost impossible to blend the matte variety) is easy to apply and stays put til you wash it off. You would think the shimmer would look garish and glittery, but actually it is rather nice for a night out and helps make it look even.
If you want a wear-off one, I like either Lancome Flash Bronze or Boots No.7 spray (aerosol spray). The Lancome one you have to spritz and then immediately blend with e.g. a velvotan mitt. A light application should be enough. It dries very quickly. The Boots one gives a lovely natural colour after about 3 sessions of light misting.
Have you thought about trying a body lotion with a hint of fake tan instead?
Not tried Lancome. The Boots sunshimmer wasnt too bad, but still a bit orangey on me.
Johnsons Holiday skin was good when I had some colour already (from sunbeds - gave these up when I got pregnant) but looks streaky on my white limbs.
With the sprays you recommend...is it easy to get it even? With the L'oreal one, I majorly (is that a word?!) missed the underside of my arms, when I attempted it again to correct it, my arms looked waaaaaaay too dark and patchy.
Maybe I am incompetant?? (I am good with all other aspects of my hair and make up though)
I think the Boots No7 (NB the No7, not the No17 - never tried the No17 one) one is easier to get even as it is a bit 'wetter' IYSWIM. The Lancome is quite a dry spray. It will be hard to get it even at a 'second attempt' as you will inevitably go over some bits that you've already covered, so you get patches.
I would recommend you get the Velvotan mitt (or an equivalent - think you can get other brands of them but google Velvotan to see what I mean). Then spray yourself til you're quite wet and blend with the mitt. Do a part at a time. Left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, belly & boobs, back & bum used to work for me. Just wipe the mitt over your face to get a bit of colour.
Keep blending til it's all rubbed in and try not to miss any bits! Wipe once over the back of each hand once the rest of your body is done. Let it dry completely before you get dressed/go to bed. Put a little bit of moisturiser on your elbows before you start. Don't spray directly on your feet, spray onto the mitt and wipe once.
I think the latex gloves are good for the real deal St Tropez stuff as there is no requirement for even application - you just slap it on til you look like you've had a mud bath (without rubbing it in at all, just smooth on) and the gloves are perfect for that sort of application, but for all other fake tans where evenness and blending are key, you really need a mitt.
LittlebearH, I have the same problem of trying to find a tan that doesn't streak as I am SO white.
I use the Dove moisturising tan, I put it on exactly the same as I would a moisturiser and it works fine for me. Sometimes it takes really well and I can get my legs out the next morning, but most times it is after the second application that I get the colour I want.
For a last minute tan where I haven't applied the Dove I use Rimmel Wash Off tan but I prefer the Matt one, not shimmer. I have never had the problem of a streaky finish as you just rub it in.
It really is a case of trying them all until you find the one that suits your skin.
I use Clinique Self Sun Light (proper fake tan) and then if I want to boost it (it's quite a light fake tan) I use Sally Hansen 'spray on legs' mixed with moisturiser to thin it out (think 'tinted moisturiser for the whole body' rather than 'fake tan'; washes off, btw). Took a bit of practice to get the application right, but now I've mastered it I am addicted. It take the glare off limbs in particular .
Famous Daves Fake tan mousse! its a crap name but its the best fake tan i've found, you can also get it in a fair skin colour but the normal one works for me (i have brown hair and average complexion) use it with a fake tan mitt and it dries superfast! I love love love it! you wont be disappointed. I dont rate st tropez at all. famous daves is the only one i've found that comes off evenly too- the rest all leave me looking as though i have some sort of skin disease.
For a wash off, the make believe fake tan from boots is great, I think. I am useless at applying things like this, so I would only ever try a wash off. It is easy to apply, I have no streaks, and the light to medium gives a subtle colour on my white legs.
As it is wash off, it does come off when it comes into contact with any water at all, so be careful!
THIS! I have recommended this fake tan lots on MN and IMHO for a natural look on white skin, this is the best. It is pricey but I've had mine 4 months and about half gone now so lasts ages as it's concentrated.
It is NOT orange, it doesn't smell and I've never ever had a streak - and I'm a celtic blue skinned ginger so I just have to look at a fake tan for it to go wrong. I found it on a blog and it's the only one I'll use now - even the lightest St Tropez/Fake Bake ones are too orangey for me.
1 application for a light tan, 2 for a more noticeable tan. Lasts a week.