Forget Oompa Loompa orange and tell-tale streaks, we’ve got beauty expert Emily Berryman to spill the beans on the best fake tans out there to make sure you get the perfect wedding day glow. These ones are virtually fool-proof…
St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, £25
When Julien Macdonald showcased this amazing £3 million diamond wedding dress at London Fashion Week earlier this year, this was the tanner he turned to. Giving a gorgeous caramel sheen to the skin for up to 10 days, it’s a doddle to apply and leaves the skin feeling lush and nourished. www.st-tropez.com
M&S Autograph TAN Instant Tan Velvet Touch Gel for Face & Body, £7.50
At a price that won’t bust your wedding budget, this is a great buy for tan novices as its transfers resistant formula washes off with soap and water, and gives a lovely natural glow to the skin. Think weekend at Wimbledon rather than Bahama baked. www.marksandspencer.com
If an afternoon in a beer garden has left your bridesmaid rocking ugly strap marks, use an instant tan to disguise her white bits! But DO be careful if she is wearing a light coloured dress.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body, £26
For bespoke bronzing, this super-concentrated self tanner is designed to be added to your usual moisturiser – anything between four and six drops depending on the colour you want to achieve. Well, off-the-peg tans are so tiresome, daaarling. www.clarins.com
Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse, £7.99
The thrifty tan of choice for the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Tanya Burr and Vogue Williams, this celebrity staple develops into a rich, even tan in just 60 minutes (so less walking around your house like a zombie) and has a lovely floral scent – makes a change from the normal revolting tan pong! A fantastic buy for under a tenner! www.feelunique.com
Step away from that self tan if you haven’t exfoliated first. Dry patches and flakes will cause your colour to go streaky, however expertly you apply it.
Sex Symbol Aerotan, £16.95
Another great wash-off tan for an easy grumble-free glow, this modestly named tan comes in a handy spray, making it ideal for reaching tricky areas. And yes, you can totally turn a blind eye when your fiancé ‘borrows’ it; which he will. www.sexyhair.co.uk
Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face, £29.50
Developing into an enviable back-from-the-beach glow within two or three days, this clever gradual tanner takes the fear out of fake tanning your face. Packed with oodles of anti-aging antioxidants and natural radiance-boosters, we’ve been stockpiling the stuff since our first swipe. www.timetospa.co.uk
As with your hair and make-up, make sure you have a few practice runs with your fake tan before W-Day. By the time the big day arrives, you’ll be a tanning pro.
No.7 Naturally Sun Kissed Gradual Body Tan, £9.95
The perfect partner for fair skinned brides who crave a hint of colour rather than serious TOWIE tones, this fab daily moisturiser slowly builds into a lovely light tan while keeping your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. www.boots.com
Kerstin Florian Sunless Tan, £37
A savvy selection for brides prone to dry skin, this luxurious tanning cream is brimming with shea butter and nourishing botanicals to feed your skin while you top up your tan. Pricey but worth every penny. www.kerstinflorian.co.uk
Remember to apply your fake tan around two days before your big day to avoid colour transferring onto your beautiful dress.
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