Alongside the hair and make-up artists backstage are Jules Heptonstall and Michaella Bolder – St Tropez experts charged with making the models skin shine with a “Fashion Tan”. This afternoon at House of Grazia – a pop-up event we’ve created with Matches Fashion to bring London Fashion Week to the people – we grilled them on how to create the catwalk tan at home. So whether you’re looking for rich and dark or honey-natural, here’s your guide…
Honey-tone tan – as seen at Mary Katrantzou
Mary’s direction for the St Tropez team? To give the girls a deep, rich golden honey tan that looks healthy and happy.
Mix St Tropez Body Butter and St Tropez Instant Glow Wash Off Mousse in an Application Mitt and apply using the front (nude coloured) side. Then use the back of the mitt (black coloured) to pat it dry to take the sheen off and make it look more naturally matte. Wait two minutes before putting your clothes on to make sure it’s dry.
Glamazonia tan – as seen at Issa
Issa designer Daniella Helayel wanted her models to have that dark, humid, sticky-heat look that comes from being in the tropics (who doesn’t?).
Start with a St Tropez Wash Off Dark Spray (it’s 360 degree technology means you can spray it upside down so the tan reaches all those hard to reach body bits) and use the black side of the Application Mitt to blend.
Slick St Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Shimmer Stick down the front of arms and legs and across the chest. Blend it with the bit of your hand where your palm meets your wrist to make it even. Top tip: don’t use it more than 2mm below or above the knees to keep the illusion of length.
Then lightly dust a St Tropez Powder Bronzer along your jaw line to add definition.
Sci-Fi Skin – as seen at Erdem
Erdem is known for his minimalistic beauty backstage – wanting just a simple lip, hair scrapped back and expert skin. This season his direction was that the models skin should shine like aliens…
Start with a base coat of St Tropez Instant Glow Wash Off Mousse to even out skin tone and remove the blue hue of cold/wintry skin.
Apply lashings of St Tropez Body Butter to legs and arms to give a wet look effect. Don’t rub it in as hard as you would moisturizer to keep it gleaming.
Use St Tropez Illuminator in Violet on the front of legs and up the side of thighs and arms to add depth to the sheen and really make it shine. It was developed for the catwalk so really makes your skin come alive under the lighting.
There you go! Your foolproof guide to three types of tan! And if you’re still scared waking up with streaky-hands, here’s Jules’s top tip: use an Aloe Vera based moisturizer to neutralize the tan and make it blend with your natural skin tone.