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Beauty How-To: Fake A Bake

The essential tips and tricks to achieving a ray-free golden glow with fake tan.

Year-round sunshine, pool clubs and miles of pristine sandy beach can make hitting the UAE rays all the more tempting. But leave the tanning oil at home and place the sun lounger under the shade, as we’re sharing our ultimate beauty guide to getting a faux glow from the safety of a bottle. 

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    Comforting Body Polisher, Dhs220, Molten Brown, visit Mall of the Emirates

    The first step to achieving a streak-free faux glow is to thoroughly exfoliate – think of it like sanding down wood before you paint, you want a smooth surface. Opt for a rich formula to give your skin a hydration boost. Molten Brown Dubai’s Ylang-Ylang infused body polisher will leave your limbs gleaming.

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    Nourishing Body Lotion, Dhs115, Caudalie at Sephora Middle East, visit Mall of the Emirates

    Next up, apply a light lotion (look for oil-free formulas) concentrating on any extra dry areas, such as the elbows, knees and heels.

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    Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self-Tan Applicator Mitt, available from Boots Pharmacy, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif

    While there are plenty of fake tan options on the market, we find that mousse works the best. If you’re new to DIY tanning, try St. Tropez’s wash-off formula. The Instant Glow Mousse offers a natural colour with a speedy drying time. Working from your neck downward, use a foam mitt to apply all over your body in circular motions. Use any excess product on feet and finally on the tops of your hands. These areas tend to pick up the most colour, so be careful not to go overboard.

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    Instant Glow Mousse, Dhs107, St. Tropez at Sister’s Beauty Lounge, visit Mall of the Emirates

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point

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