Winter is well and truly here, as your BFF’s prepare to jet off to chase the sun, a serious case of Instagram-induced FOMO is immanent. You may be chained to your desk and forced to face our dreary Winter-weather, but that doesn’t mean that you too can’t get a gorgeous glow (sans return airfare to Europe!)
Whether you want a believable tan, just need an instant boost of radiance or your limbs are on the verge of transparency, we’ve rounded up the best glow-inducing products to help you get through the season.
THE ULTIMATE [FAUX] TANS
It’s no secret that some of the most desirous tans come straight from a bottle; but the key is making it undetectable; did I spend 2 weeks in Miami or did this happen on Thursday evening post shower while it was 4 degrees outside? We won’t tell if you don’t. This calls for a formula that works for your skin.
Here are some of our favourites…
The perfect tan for when: You have zero time but need a glow that is not one bit orange
Fake Bake 60 Minute Self-Tan – I have no idea how this works, but I am so thankful I discovered it! Fake Bake’s 60 minute self-tan is green-based, which means you’ll NEVER turn orange. And as it promises, it delivers a natural glow in just 60 minutes. It’s an easy to use spray formula that can be buffed and blended with the complimentary tanning mitt that this formula comes with.
The perfect tan for when: You have dry Winter limbs but still need a luminous glow
Ella Bache Great Tan Without Sun – a revolutionary cream based tanner that is incredibly moisture-rich thanks to powerful antioxidants, vitamin E and cocoa butter. This tan is like your favourite moisturizer, enriched with a dark self-tanning agent that takes around 2-3 hours to develop; it leaves limbs silky smooth and nourished and blending is an absolute breeze (no tell-tale faux tan streaks here!).
The perfect tan for when: You need an undetectable colour boost for your face only
J-Bronze Face Flawless Tan – one of the best facial tanners I’ve ever used; it’s not-at-all greasy and is enriched with anti-aging ingredients, perfect to swap your evening moisturizer to wake up with a radiant complexion.
The perfect tan for when: You want limbs with an alluring glow and hint of colour, on demand!
NARS Body Glow – this multipurpose oil has reached absolute cult-status, and with good reason! It’s ever so hydrating and infuses skin with a subtle, bronzed shimmery sheen. It leaves skin smooth and supple; perfect for gliding over your legs, arm and décolletage. It also smells like a tropical holiday in a bottle; so it’s really the next best thing to a return airfare to Tahiti, available at MECCA.
THE GREATEST GLOW-INDUCING LOTIONS & POTIONS
The power of the perfect bronzer is unprecedented. When applied correctly, it can boost radiance, slim your face, highlight your best features and brighten your complexion. When paired with the ultimate illuminating lotions, potions and powders, you can enhance your flawless [faux] glow as required.
DERMALOGICA – Super Rich Repair
A super nourishing moisturizer is absolutely essential to treat your face with after you’ve applied fake tanner AND are braving Winters environmental aggressors. Without a hydrated canvas, even the best bronzers will look cakey and dull. Dermalogica’s Super Rich Repair is enriched with powerful peptides and glucosamine that work overtime to ensure your skin is nourished and protected, the result is silky smooth, impeccably hydrated skin.
Laura Mercier – Illuminated Tinted Moisturiser
Super lightweight coverage and incredible hydration are imparted from just one light layer of this heavenly tinted cream. Blur imperfections and create a perfect, dewy canvas ready to bronze as required.
HOURGLASS – Ambient Lighting Bronzer
From the cult ambient-lighting series of powders, comes your favourite new bronzer. This powder is ever so finely spun and in the perfect warm-bronze hue to boost any complexion. The texture of the powder means it can be layered and layered and never looks cakey. It has subtle golden shimmer weaved throughout to take that luminous ‘glow’ to the next level. You can grab it at MECCA.
IT Cosmetics – Vitality Face Disc
This mega multi-tasking disc is equipped with a bronzer, blush and luminous highlighter – it’s the perfect travel companion (for when you’re ACTUALLY travelling overseas) and is a one-stop complexion enhancer. What’s so great about these powders is that they are actually incredibly hydrating (thanks to the infusion of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, acai, green tea and Vitamins A, C and E!) – a super long lasting glow and anti-aging properties? We’ll take two…
Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess All-Over Illuminator
When you have a collection titled ‘Bronze Goddess’ – it is really hard to fault it. This multi-purpose blendable stick gets our pick as it is so versatile; it’s perfect to highlight cheekbones, layer upon a [faux] bronzed face, to run along your collarbones or to add a little warmth to your complexion, thanks to it’s peachy rose, illuminating hue.
Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée
Sun-kissed sheen in a compact. This hydrating powder is the perfect universal golden pearl colour to enhance your favourite features, swipe it over the bridge of your nose, cheek and brow bones as a finishing powder.