The Only Two Australian Beauty Brands You Need This Summer
In the Byrdie Australia office we chat about Lara Worthington A LOT. Whether we're discussing her latest free hair-styling trick, gorgeous skin, best beauty hacks, daily makeup routine, or favourite sweet treat, not a week goes by without a check-in of sorts. This month? We're talking about self-tanning. Happily, Lara's DIY bronzing line The Base recently teamed up with another of our favourite Aussie beauty brands, Frank Body, to create a visual how-to for nailing the perfect faux glow. The images are gorgeous, but more importantly they illustrate three easy steps everyone can follow for a flawless tan. To celebrate we reached out to Lara for her personal tips on using both brands, plus EXACTLY how she fake tans. Spoiler: She didn't disappoint.
To start with, Lara says her favourite tanning product is The Base's Wash Off Bronzing Gel ($30) an instant face and body colour that's easy to apply: "It's no-commitment and it gives you a natural-looking golden tan that lasts for up to 24 hours." However, if she does intend on tanning before a big event, she'll opt to use a mousse at night two days before. "I always tan two days before an event, never the night before, in case something happens." Her top tip to keeping a tan going as long as possible? Humble body lotion. "I moisturise daily so my tan lasts longer," she says. Surprisingly, Lara stresses that of all her tanning tips the most important is "coverage is key". "Even an all-over tangerine fake bake finish is better than a natural-looking colour that’s patchy or streaky," she explains.
Keep scrolling for the exact steps Lara follows to fake tan.
1. DO EVERYTHING ELSE FIRST
2. PREP THE SKIN
"Self-tanner sinks into dry skin, leaving dark patches. I personally think an exfoliating glove or body scrub (the Frank Body scrubs, $17, are my favourite) is the best way to exfoliate your body before tanning. It may sound obvious but keeping your skin in good condition in-between tans also help your cause when it comes to a natural colour. I always exfoliate before I tan but I also exfoliate to take off my tan."
3. TAN LIKE A PRO
"When applying self-tanner, I start from the face and work down my body in stages, leaving my hands and feet until last. If tanning your face, my number one rule is to go easy. You can always build colour over time by applying a thin layer each day, or add intensity with bronzer."