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The Beauty Editors' Picks - Tantastic

Thursday, 29 April 2010

We've spoken with five of Ireland's top beauty editors in an effort to see what pushes their beauty buttons. In week one we talked about hands & nails, week 2 it was all about face creams, last week it was all about the make up products the editors can't live without. But today we talk all things tan as the country's top beauty babes give us their sunless tan secrets.
After our beauty editors we will have a tanning demo in studio with the lovely Suzanne Walsh.

The layers are gradually peeling off as we head towards summer. Soon enough we'll be flashing the flesh once more and none of us want to reveal the translucent, goosepimply skin that is natural to us Irish babes!

Suzanne Walsh - Our Beauty Expert

2008 and 2009 has seen Suzanne's well respected and trusted role in the Beauty industry flourish with regular TV and personal appearances keeping her very much in demand.

Suzanne Walsh previously worked in the UK operating her own hair & beauty salon. She worked as a beauty therapist for Channel 4's reality TV series, The Salon appearing in both the first and second series, which attracted up to 3.6 million viewers. Suzanne is credited with being the viewer's choice when the public was given the opportunity to vote a member of staff from the first series back into the second series.
During 2005, in conjunction with her sister, Suzanne established a thriving beauty business in Ireland which is regularly featured in the media for its unique and excellent client care and professionalism. They added another salon called 'Pure Beauty' in Prosperous in 2007.
Suzanne has coupled her knowledge in the beauty industry with excellent writing skills to become a well respected Beauty Journalist writing for The Irish Independent, Evening Herald and various magazines.
No stranger to TV, Suzanne recently took part in RTE 1s Celebrity Jigs N Reels and is the resident beauty specialist on 'The Afternoon Show' and has appeared on TV3 am, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook as well as on At the Races for the Cheltenham Festival and Sky Sports. Suzanne featured several times on The Marianne Finnucane Show on RTE Radio 1.
Famous clients of hers have included Boy George, Coronation Street's Julie Goodyear, d'side, Kerry Katona, Bridget Nielson, Frankie Dettori, Tony McCoy, Amanda Brunker and many more.

. Liz Dwyer - Beauty Editor of IMAGE magazine
. Jessie Collins- Editor of Irish Tatler
. Mairead Nic Giolla Phadraig - Beauty Editor of The Star's 'Chic' Magazine
. Aisling McDermott - Beauty Editor of
. Caroline Scott - Beauty Editor of The Gloss magazine

Their picks are as follows:-

Mairead Nic Giolla Phadraig

. Self Tanner-Body: Bronz' Express Lotion €20.95

A star product from Ireland's best-selling range. A fool-proof lotion that can be applied to unexfoliated skin for the most real-looking fake tan.
Easy to use and results are amazing! My winner hands down!

. Tanning Aide: Academie Sun To Drink €16.95

A tanning aide that is ingested for ten consecutive days prior to sun exposure. Bring the dormant melanocytes to the surface of the skin ready to be activated in the sun. Accelerates the tanning process, but the real reason why I love it is because it helps me avoid a nasty sun rash on my first week of a sun holiday! Tastes delicious too!

Caroline Scott

. Chanel Soleil Tan de Fluide Enlumineur €37.50
I like to mix this with my regular foundation or tinted moisturiser for a glowy, believable tan. Many self tans look too dark on the face and look inappropriate in a professional setting.

Liz Dwyer

Clarins Multi Active day, €37.00 and L'Oreal Sublime Bronze, €11.32

Aisling McDermott

Fake Bake Fair gradual tanner, €34.50

Tips from Suzanne Walsh

Pre- application advice:

. Prepare the skin at least 12 hours prior to application. Exfoliate thoroughly & if necessary use oil free moisturiser on dry areas such as knees, elbows, hands & feet. Moisturisers that contain oil can prevent the absorption of self tanning products.

. No body lotions, deodorants or perfumes should be used on the skin on the day of tanning. Our skin absorbs a certain amount of deodorants etc and when tan mixes with deodorant residue a green colour can result. This is a common complaint but easily avoided.

. Waxing & shaving should be completed at least 24hrs prior to treatment.

. If you're using a new tanning product for the first time carry out a patch test to ensure a reaction free tan.

During application:

. Best to wear as little as possible for a full body tan a dark coloured g-string is ideal.

. A tanning mitt is ideal to keep the palms tan free. Also moisturising your palms well about 10 min before tan application will allow the excess tan to wash off the palms once the tan application is complete. Latex gloves are also good and can be bought in local pharmacies

After tan application:

. Avoid contact with water for at least 6 hrs.
. Leave your tan to develop overnight if possible or if recommended.
. Wear loose dark fitting clothes and be aware of bra strap marks. Avoid activity which may cause perspiration for 12 hours
. No swimming chlorine in the water will bleach the colour
. Avoid other beauty products and treatments until your tan has developed.
. Avoid touching the skin during development period as this may cause staining of the palms

Wow Brown 'Ready to Glo'- €19.95, available from

Model Co. SunSponge, €44, available nationwide

TanOrganic:- €29.99, available nationwide from May

Tantastic - €25, available in pharmacies nationwide

10 most common mistakes and how to solve them!

1. Streaky Palms

Use latex gloves when applying tan to rest of the body. Use the Self Tan remover if hands have darkened.

2. Streaky Tan - you must have:

. Over-rubbed the tan when applying,
. Used moisturiser all over beforehand rather than only designated areas
. Neglected to exfoliate beforehand
. Come into contact with water
. Had something on the skin beforehand
. Not used enough tan
. Not buffed

3. Dark Patches around the elbows, ankles, knees, toes:

. Don't forget to:
. Moisturise these areas first
. Use a mixture of tan and moisturiser
. Exfoliate beforehand

4. Patchy Tan All Over

You may have forgotten to exfoliate - different areas of the body may be dehydrated, and by exfoliating you will even out the skin.

5. My tan is looking dirty as it wears off

You are not exfoliating, which means your skin is rough. By the third or fourth day you should start exfoliating again, which helps the tan wear off more evenly, and also has the skin well-prepared for the next application. The drier your skin, the dirtier the tan will look as it wears off. This applies to every single brand of tan on the market.

6. My tan is too light

The tan will develop only to the colour you will naturally tan. If you want a darker tan, reapply the next day. However, the results will not be as dark as you might like if you have applied moisturiser all over the body, over-rubbed the tan, used too little tan, or showered less than 6 hours after application.

7. My nails go brown

Regardless of brand, all tans will stain all nails. St Tropez wipes will completely remove tan from nails however. Remember to get in around the cuticles and at the back of nails.

8. I burnt in the sun when I wore self tan

You always need to apply an SPF of at least 15 when exposed to sunlight. Fake tans offer no protection.

9. The tan comes off on my clothes

Most tanning lotion needs 6-8 hours to develop, and then you shower. If you need to be able to tan-and-go, use the mousse or mist rather than the lotion
Tan will not come off on clothes if you leave it to develop long enough. It will wash off sheets and all types of material (except Lycra) at a low wash

10. I only get 3 days from my tan

The drier your skin, the quicker your tan will wear off, regardless of the brand used.

If you suffer from dry skin, exfoliate well and moisturise the skin in the days before you apply tan Once the tan has developed and you have showered, you can use your own regular moisturiser for dry skin every day, but start exfoliating on the third day of the tan to help it wear off more evenly.