The best bronzing buys for summer

What with our unpredictable weather, your best bet for catching a tan is by applying it yourself, says Katie Wright.

WE all hope by the end of summer we’ll be bronzed to perfection, but somehow the reality — not enough holidays, the good old Irish weather — always scuppers our plans.

Thank heavens, then, for the self-tan saviours that will turn lacklustre limbs from pale to golden, even when it’s pouring outside.

Even better, this year there is a whole heap of innovations making the bottle-bronze process easier than ever.

Whether you’re a fake-tan fanatic or a newbie to the DIY game, these are the products that will have you glowing in no time.


The best bronzing buys for summer

Love a weekly sheet mask? Switch your regular treatment for St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask, €19 for a pack of two at Boots, for a powerful dose of hyaluronic hydration and light tan in five minutes, or a darker glow in 10. 


The best bronzing buys for summer

Not only is Tan Luxe Hydra Mousse, €44.40, packed with nourishing raspberry oil and vitamins, it’s also the first ever completely clear tanning mousse, meaning no more stained clothes or bedsheets. Genius free p&p.


The best bronzing buys for summer

Aussie import, Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Foam For Men, €10.62 at Superdrug, is a foam tanner formulated with a fresh masculine scent for all those bronzing blokes out there.


The best bronzing buys for summer

Like an Instagram filter you spray on, ModelCo Tan Airbrush In A Can, €18.45, is a glow-giving spray-on self-tan. The beloved Aussie brand has just landed here in the UK, bringing that Gold Coast glow to our shores — hurrah. free p&p.


The best bronzing buys for summer

A lightweight spritz that works as a make-up primer and setter, UTan & Tone Coconut Tanning Water, €13.71 at Superdrug, delivers an even, sun-kissed glow in four to six hours.


The best bronzing buys for summer

Solait Overnight Tan Mask, €3.40 at Superdrug, imparts a gradual golden glow while you sleep. Use it nightly until you’ve achieved your desired colour.


The best bronzing buys for summer

Previously only available as a loose powder, Vita Liberata Trystal Pressed Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in Sunkissed, €30, now come in a handy compact.

Swirl on with a kabuki brush (short make-up brush with big, dense bristles) for instant bronzing plus a natural-looking tan that gradually develops over time, even when you’ve taken your make-up off ( free p&p).


The best bronzing buys for summer

For a rich two-weeks-in-the-Caribbean tan, you need Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1Hr Instant Tan Extra Dark Tan Mousse, €9.59. The new shade develops rapidly and lasts up to seven days. ( free p&p).


Unless you were born fairhaired, staying blonde is a labour of love - and a major financial commitment.

The best bronzing buys for summer

New research reveals 81% of blonde women are completely loyal to their colour, with 73% spending an average of €684 a year to maintain their golden mane.

The survey, by Fudge Professional, also found 76% of women believe their hair colour is part of their identity, and 40% of bottle blondes would rather go make-up free than face the prospect of a world without peroxide.


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