Advanced search

Whether you’re a beauty novice or a confirmed fashionista, this topic is for consulting Mumsnetters on all things style-related. Plus, check out our Swears By page for the inside track on the next Mumsnet must-have.

Fake tan

(31 Posts)
janx Mon 15-Apr-13 07:24:16

Going on holiday at the end of May and want to look less than milk bottle white. I never seem to have much success with those build up moisturisers that tan... Can you advise me please

Sugarice Mon 15-Apr-13 08:01:02

I swear by St Tropez for the body and Lancome Flash Bronzer gel for my face when I'm doing it myself.

For a holiday though I always get a spray tan done by a professional to ensure an even all over job, I get a sun kissed glow rather than 'just back from a fortnight in Fiji, nut brown' job which I once did blush When I walked out of the salon I looked ridiculous until I washed it off 12 hours later.

janx Mon 15-Apr-13 09:24:32

I was thinking a spray tan... Bit nervous of it ... Where do you recommend?

frankietwospots Mon 15-Apr-13 13:11:45

I would recommend a St Tropez spray tan. Check your local beauty salons to see who offers it. There may even be some special offers on given the crap weather we've been having. Remember to wear an old pair of black knickers! You'll need to exfoliate all over the day before and shave your legs two days before. You do feel a bit like a car being spray painted but I find it quite amusing, especially when you have to adopt superhero style poses!

SirChenjin Mon 15-Apr-13 13:15:53

I second St Tropez, but also use St Morritz (sp?) at home and it's great for a fraction of the price. Exfoliate and moisturise the day before, and then put another thin layer of moisturiser on your knees, elbows and heels before the tan as well. If you have fair eyebrows then a smear of vaseline over them stops you developing tanned eyebrows (not a good look!)

SirChenjin Mon 15-Apr-13 13:16:08

Oh, and use a tan mitt

QueefLatina Mon 15-Apr-13 14:03:58

I love St Moritz. I put it on once a week with surgical gloves rather than a mitt.

I tried a spray tan once but looked a bit Judith Chalmers so never again.

(Sorry Judith)

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 14:11:48

You can buy boxes of 100 latex or vinyl gloves in sainsburys pharmacies, they are about £6-7 a box.

Much cheaper than special st trop gloves. Always ask for powder free.

Yonihadtoask Mon 15-Apr-13 14:26:21

I like the fine mist spray home tans.

I recently used l'oreal
and also tanatomicals

Both worked well - and didn't smell overly 'biscuity' as most do.

Trick when doing a home spray - stand in the bath, on an old towel and spray. Then hose down the tiles behind you, and the bath.

SchroSawMargeryDaw Mon 15-Apr-13 14:27:56

I love the Amy Childs fake tan mousse. I don't get on with St Tropez or Fake bake, they look orange to me but that one goes nice and light and olivey. And it smells of strawberries and cream!

You get the spray of it too.

SchroSawMargeryDaw Mon 15-Apr-13 14:30:46

Beware if you are going somewhere really hot though.

I had a perfect lovely fake tan last year going to Florida and it melted off!

SirChenjin Mon 15-Apr-13 14:33:28

What is this Amy Childs of which you speak Schro?

SchroSawMargeryDaw Mon 15-Apr-13 14:50:40

The orange person from TOWIE, I hate the show btw but the tan is brilliant.

I got it from Tesco, it was about £16 and I used it for SILs wedding last summer.

freddiefrog Mon 15-Apr-13 14:54:39

I like the l'oreal one linked ^ too

I don't want a tan-tan, just not to dazzle people with the reflection from my white legs. It just gives a little hint rather than a full on tan

I spray it on in the shower cubicle, but tbh it's never made a massive mess that needs hosing down

Jjcrackers Mon 15-Apr-13 14:54:54

Is there one that lasts in the pool? I always come out like a patchy mess after St Tropez

SchroSawMargeryDaw Mon 15-Apr-13 15:00:38

Jj I'm the same, St Tropez doesn't agree with me, I think it must be because I am so pale.

I think most should last in the pool a bit.

freddiefrog Mon 15-Apr-13 15:31:24

The L'oreal one is ok in the sea, I've never had it go patchy. Don't know how it reacts with chlorine though

IslaValargeone Mon 15-Apr-13 15:36:16

Has anyone tried that one that is supposed to last a few weeks?
Can't for the life of me remember the name of it.

SirChenjin Mon 15-Apr-13 16:53:20

I'll look out for the Amy Childs Schro, thanks - promise it doesn't go orange??

SchroSawMargeryDaw Mon 15-Apr-13 16:57:02

Promise! Obviously just don't put layer after layer on. It goes a lovely colour though, unlike any other one I have tried and I have tried loads!

SirChenjin Mon 15-Apr-13 16:59:36

If I end up looking like an Oompa Loompa I shall hunt you down on these boards Schro! grin Thanks for the tip, sounds v good.

noddyholder Mon 15-Apr-13 17:01:18

I use st tropez naturals. Did it last night and look so healthy today but it is very light not a real deep bronze. Although it may be if you apply 2 days in a row

SchroSawMargeryDaw Mon 15-Apr-13 17:02:19

I'll just NC, you'll never find me. grin

Hope it goes well if you find it. I got it by accident really, I was drawn in by the strawberry and cream smell!

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 15-Apr-13 17:03:26

My beautician reckons xen tan is better than st tropez so i'll use it once I've used the last of my st tropez up.

mummysbigsmiles Mon 15-Apr-13 17:17:34

I love xen tan!! It smells like marzipan and gives more of an olive natural tan colour rather than orange.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: