Tips for a flawless DIY tan
July 16, 2013
$56 for an 8-ounce container at Belladonna Day Spa
(2900 Magazine St., 504-891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com
ABOUT: Dera Enochson, a makeup artist who worked in product development at Toni & Guy, spent two years developing the formula for this self-tanning lotion, funding the experiment by mortgaging her house three times. The time-released DHA (the active ingredient in self tanners) gives an olive undertone to people with pinker skin.
PROS: Vanilla-, cucumber- and melon-scented lotions smell great, and a built-in bronzer shows where you've applied them. There's no need to prep skin by exfoliating prior to application: "I just slather it on," Enochson says. "We wanted it to be a one-step process." The tan develops in three hours.
CONS: At $56, this self tanner is pricier than other bottled options.
TIPS: It sounds counterintuitive, but people with dark skin should use a light to medium tanner for a candlelight effect, while people with pale skin should use the dark tanner to get a rich, brown glow.
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