You don’t need a modelling contract to look like you belong on the runway. With the help of self tanning products and smart styling tricks, you can have the same beautifully bronzed skin and flawless body that you see on the pages of high-fashion magazines.
Below, we share five insider tricks that models use to look their best, as well as the products required to get a catwalk look at home.
1. Exfoliate your skin regularly.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, aim for two or three head-to-toe exfoliating sessions a week. Scrubbing off dead skin cells and debris with exfoliating cleansers not only turns your body into the perfect canvas for self tanning; it can also make your skin look brighter and prevent breakouts. If you’re planning on spray tanning or using self tanning lotions, always exfoliate a day in advance to optimise your results.
2. Slim down and get effortless colour with spray tanning.
While you can get good colour coverage with high-end self tanning lotions at home, spray tanning is by far the easiest way to achieve a gorgeous and even tan in just a few minutes. Since darker skin instantly hides imperfections and creates the illusion of thinness, getting an all-over spray tan is also a great way to look model-thin without resorting to crash diets. If you’re spray tanning for a special event, always do a trial run in advance to find your ideal colour, and leave plenty of time for correcting potential mistakes.
3. Try contouring for special events.
For the ultimate runway-ready look, splurge on custom spray tanning with body contouring. Instead of stepping into an automated booth, you’ll be transformed into a walking piece of art by an experienced salon airbrush artist. If paying for professional airbrushing isn’t an option, recreate the look at home by outlining your cheekbones, nose and décolletage with a shimmer-based skin illuminator.
4. Moisturise daily.
It’s important to apply a rich body lotion following every shower both before and after self tanning. Moisturising keeps your skin hydrated and healthy on the inside, which means it looks firm and supple on the outside. When it comes to self tanning, moisturisers are key to longer-lasting colour because they prevent uneven fading and form a protective barrier over the top layers of your skin.
5. Keep your colour fresh with self tanning products and makeup.
Even the best faux tans fade, so you’ll need to occasionally refresh your colour if you want to double your tan’s lifespan. You can lift fading colour with gradual self tanning lotions over time or quickly mask it with matte bronzing powders for on-the-go results.