With the warmer weather well on it's way, at least it was last week, I don't really know what has happened to the British climate the last few days - we've had sleet, hail and even snow up here in the north! Anyway, aside from the freakish weather, we are on the cusp of May which is usually when Spring is drawing to a close and we can truly embrace the summer.

It is the time of year when more parts of your body are on show and, for pale girls like me, you begin to realise just how pasty your skin looks. No longer can I apply bronzer alone to help provide a healthy glow, it is time to bring out the fake tan. I always find it hardest to fake tan my face as I am quite particular with what products I apply to my skin. I seem to have a sensitive complexion in the sense that I can easily break out if my skin is not used to a product. I have a few key products therefore that I like to use in order to create a natural looking tan on my face that easily blends into the rest of my fake-tanned body.

Firstly, I always focus on the skincare side of things. Much like when you are fake tanning your body, it is important to exfoliate and moisturise the skin to help maintain the tan for a longer, more even finish. Usually I cleanse my face and then use the Nars Skin Purifying Foam Cleanser. It not only washes your face but it also gently exfoliates the skin taking away any dead skin cells and leaving an even finish. When it comes to moisturising I have been using the Three Organics Control Me Facial Oil everyday. It is great at providing moisture with out leaving the skin feeling oily or clogged. Once I have let this soak in for a few minutes I then apply a small amount of the St Tropez Gradual Tan in Medium/Dark. This is a really subtle fake tan that helps so add a healthy, sun-kissed glow to the skin without giving the umpa-lumpa effect.

I usually apply fake tan to my face on an evening before bed so that when I wake up, I have a more healthy and glowing complexion in the morning. It is then that I can apply my make up accordingly and add any final touches. The Seventeen Instant Glow Cream Bronzer is great for days when I want a slightly more tanned look than the St Tropez gradual tan has provided. But without a doubt, my favourite bronzer to apply is the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer that adds such a natural colour to the face.

How do you like to add colour to your face? What are your essential products?


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