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Tanning Tips – Choosing the Correct Shade

With so many different tanning products available, and so many different shades to choose from, it’s hard to know exactly which one will suit you. To make life even more difficult, fake tan can now be applied in several forms, including creams, gels, sprays and mousses.

Tanning products: Mousse, gel, spray, wipes, cream

Tanning towel/wipes tend to give a lighter tan, as will tinted moisturisers and, depending on application, gradual tanning products.  However, most other forms of fake tan will generally provide the same tanning results.  For example, if you use St Tropez mousse you will be able to achieve the same tan tone as you would using their cream version of the exact same product.

How do you know which ‘dark’ tan is really dark and which ‘light’ tan is truly light?
The fact is, you don’t and won’t until you’re caked in the stuff.  It is always sensible to try out a patch test first. Apply the fake tan to a small area of skin, wash off after 8 hours and then you can judge the result. However, just like when you try a paint sample on a small part of your room, this is never a completely accurate test of what the entire end result will look like.

Bad tan. Tanning disaster! Wrong tan shade.

My advice for those of you who have fair skin and want to go slightly darker but are not sure how dark – do not go for ‘dark’ or even ‘medium’ tanning options. Instead, go for a ‘light’ shade and build it up to your preferred tone. A couple of applications may seem like a lot of effort, but it will be worth it as you will be in charge of the result!

If you already have a base tan, or have olive skin and want a dark result, then you can afford to go for a ‘dark’ option. However, if you are worried about the true colour and tone of the tan, then start with a ‘medium’ as it is likely that this will not show up too much on your skin, so you can judge the over all colour without a really strong result. If you are happy, then go for the ‘dark’ stuff! And enjoy looking fabulously tanned!

Article by Jennie Longdon

Jennie started writing for The Beauty Cloud in July 2013. You can follow Jennie on Twitter

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There’s a New A-Lister in Town

Recently, we’ve been spoilt with award ceremonies.  From the Oscars to the Brits…all of our favourite celebrities have been out in force, glamming it up and parting until the small hours of the morning.

But there is one attendee that has really stood out for me. No, I’m not talking about the extremely handsome Jared Leto and his amazingly silky hair…

Jared Leto

…I’m not talking about the gorgeous Pharell Williams and that ridiculous hat…

Pharell Williams

…I am in fact, talking about the new kid on the block, the thing that everyone wants to get their hands on…Vita Liberata.

Vita Liberata

If you are not familiar with this brand of fake tan, then shame on you. It is easily one of my favourites. And it’s not hard to see why the celebs are going crazy for it!

The lovely staff from Vita Liberata were backstage at this year’s Brits Spa. After spending two days beautifully tanning up our favorite celebs, the staff and the big head honchos at the O2 Arena, it’s no surprise that on the day of the Brits, the VL staff were completely bombarded by A-Listers who were going crazy for the stuff.

One of the most popular products seemed to be their Capture the Light illuminating skin finish. This amazing product comprises illuminating skin finishers with Opaque or Translucent coverage which can be used as stand-alone skin perfectors, or alongside the Vita Liberata tanning range to accentuate a natural bronze tan. It retails at just under £30 a bottle, and is worth every penny.

Beyonce and Katy Perry

James CordonBut if you don’t trust me, maybe Beyonce can convince you? Her team completely stocked up on this product before her amazing performance.  Not a Beyonce fan?  Then, perhaps Katy Perry can persuade you? Her makeup artist helped herself to lots of this magical stuff too.  And it seems it’s not only women who want an illuminated finish with James Corden grabbing a bag before the show began.

VL productsI strongly recommend trying out the Vita Liberata range. From their pHenomenal 2 – 3 week tan to their Anti Age Tanning products, they really do get it right every time. Their products not only create a beautiful, natural looking tan, they also cater for your skin’s needs.

I would say that this brand really is leading the way into the future of fake tanning! (Full range can be seen on their website – http://www.vitaliberata.co.uk/)

If it’s good enough for Beyonce…it’s good enough for me!

Tanning Friday! Fake Tanning Tip – Problems ‘at hand’

I always recommend using a tanning mitt to apply fake tan, but we don’t always have one to hand! Therefore, if you must use your own mitts, then always wash your hands very well, immediately after application. Sometimes though, maybe we didn’t scrub hard enough, maybe the product was just too strong, for whatever reason,sometimes we get orange palms.

St Tropez Self Tan RemoverEven the most experienced tanners have this problem from time to time.

St Tropez, experts in everything tanning, have come up with a solution! As great as they are at making us sun kissed gods and goddesses, it would now seem that they are just as good at reversing the effects!

St Tropez Self Tan remover

Simply rub this product into your hands like a hand wash and as if by magic, 

Thank you St Tropez!those embarrassing stains are removed!

You can pick up this little emergency helper from BeautyBay.com for only £9.45 with Free Delivery!

Tanning Friday – What to wear while faking up!

7aThere are many questions regarding tanning, most of the time you will read advice on skin prep for before you have your tan, and how to apply the product.

However, you must know what to do once the tan is applied! There’s no point in going through all of the correct motions before and during tan application, if you’re not going to see it through to the end, and look after it once you’re all faked up.

Always wear loose, dark clothes. Long sleeves and long trousers are crucial, as they protect the entire tan while it’s developing, as well as anything that you may come into contact with.


7bDark tracksuits and pyjama sets are a great idea, and the recent craze of ‘onesies’ has provided another comfy option for us fake tanners. Granted, it is not the most flattering look or sexy and romantic option. But I’m afraid, if your partner wants a gorgeous, tanned beauty on their arm, then they will have to put up with the occasional frumpy trackie!  

Only wear items that you do not mind staining, as the dark coloured clothing helps to protect the bed sheets throughout the night while your tan is developing. They act as a barrier to prevent the colour from rubbing directly onto your lovely, clean bed sheets.

7dAnd hey…once you’re tanned up and looking like a beautiful bronzed goddess…then it is time to ditch the frumpy clothes and put on your sexier items for that very patient partner of yours!

Next week I will be reviewing a new tanning product by the fantastic Vita Liberata, which is both ground breaking and incredible! You don’t want to miss it…