Admit it, you've already headed down to Boots to stock up on St Tropez. It's the sunshine's fault – you can't bear the thought of baring your legs this Bank Holiday weekend without some bronzing assistance. So to help get you streak-free we headed down the St Tropez Academy to meet the tanning guru, James Read. He's done the hottest red-carpet stars for the Oscars, he's done Paris Hilton and he even did Lady GaGa for the Jonathan Ross show a couple of weeks ago. So we asked James to give us the lowdown on how to get this season's no-tan tan - think glowy but not Tango-y...
Step 1: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate using the St Tropez Body Polish 24 hours before you plan to apply your tan.
Step 2: Before you get tanning, use the Body Moisturiser to moisturise particularly dry areas such as the ankles, wrists, knees and elbows. To make sure you have removed all traces of any former fake tan, swipe a face wipe around your neck area, paying special attention to the hollow at the base of your neck. (That's James' top tip btw!).
Step 3: Spray the Bronzing Mousse in long sweeps along your body, leaving your hands and feet until last. It comes with a slight tint so you can see the areas you've already done. You don't need to rub it in - trust us, it dries in seconds.
Step 4: Spray a light spritz on hands and feet.
Step 5: Apply some moisturiser to the ankles and wrists. Take a flannel or mitt and buff the area gently, moving a little way up the shin and lower arm to get a natural-looking fade, as you would if you had been tanned by the sun.
And there you go. Natural, A-list-worthy tan sorted!
Now just because we know you're all dying to give it a go, we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win the entire new St Tropez tanning range, worth £100! The new range is formulated using the all-new AromaguardTM.technology, making it free from that tell-tale smell and yes, boyfriend friendly... The goodie bag contains St. Tropez Body Polish, Body Moisturizer, Body Butter, Everyday Body, Everyday Face and Bronzing Mousse – aka everything you need to get the perfect S/S '09 A-list tan! To get your hands on the prize, just answer the following question. (Clue: the answer's in the video, ladies!)
- Bella Blissett