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The golden rules

1. Buff your body

Preparation is everything if you want to prevent patchy results. Exfoliate from top to toe 24 hours before your tan – this creates an even base and wipes the slate clean when your current tan is past its prime. Hair removal is best done a day in advance as well.

Tanning tip:
Always opt for a gel-based scrub – oily formulas leave a residue which prevent your fake tan from developing evenly.

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2. Moisturise

Before you tan, rub a rich moisturiser over your hands, feet, knees and elbows – as the driest areas of skin, this trick stops them from absorbing too much product and going darker than the rest of your body.

Tanning tip:
Apply a little around your hairline and into brows as well to prevent your hair from being discoloured by your tan.

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3. Find your formula

Whether you prefer fast-drying sprays, nourishing oils, gradual formulations or instant glow-givers – matching your fake tan to your lifestyle, or your skin’s needs, is the easiest shortcut to finding the best formula for you. Browse our selection of the hottest brands on the market to find your favourite.

Tanning tip:
If you’re nervous about streaks, choose a product with a guide colour so you can see exactly where you have and haven’t applied.

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4. Work upwards

Whichever formula you choose, make sure you apply it like a pro. To avoid smudges, work from your feet upwards, using long sweeping strokes with your mitt over your legs, tummy, back and arms.

Tanning tip:
Hands and feet are always the trickiest areas to get right – for the perfect finish, use any product leftover on your mitt after tanning arms and legs, then buff in to ensure it’s blended and even.

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5. Play it safe

Keep yout tan looking holiday-fresh by dialling down your shower temperature – water that's too hot can breakdown the bronze-effect faster. Pat dry and moisturise daily.

Tanning tip:
If your tan's fading, keep your glow going with Vita Liberata's Body Blur HD Instant Skin Finish - a wash-off bronzer that will reignite your tan's gorgeous golden gleam.

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Tan-tastic brands

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James Read

Get an A-list golden glow with products from the superstar of self-tan

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Bring a ray of sunshine to your face with Autograph's Overnight Glow Mask

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Vita Liberata

Look no further for a self-tan that looks and fades like a natural suntan

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