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By NICKY CHAMP

There’s only one more month of winter to go (can I get a woop woop?) and with the unseasonably warm weather in some parts of the country you’re likely thinking it could be time to venture out in skirts and shorts again. Here are what products are good to use in the cooler months and how best to apply them – so you don’t get mistaken for a Jersey Shore cast member.

1. The gradual one.

Eco Winter Skin, $29.95, is great for those of us who prefer a low maintenance skincare routine and for fans of organic products. Eco Tan founder Sonya Driver created her own range after her sister’s melanoma scare and has developed fully certified and organic tanning products for both in salon (spray tans) and at-home use.

Winter skin, as the name suggests, is a great product to use in the cooler months – as it’s a honey colour and not a deep dark brown. It’s also great to use right throughout summer if you have fair or pale skin and have never found the right shade. It’s a gradual tanning moisturiser that dries instantly, doesn’t go on streaky and gives your skin a lovely glow and none of that orangey business.

Screen Shot 2013 08 02 at 2.31.40 AM How to fake tan without looking like an oompa loompa.2. The wash-off one.

ModelCo Bronze Dry Touch, $29.95, this new four-hour water and perspiration resistant bronzing sunscreen is non-permanent so it won’t get all over your sheets and clothes.

It washes off easily with soap and water and you won’t believe how easy it is to get an instant bronzed look with such minimal effort. It’s quick drying, fast-absorbing (what you want on chilly mornings) and best of all has an amazing scent, so you can say good-bye to that stinky fake tan stench that tends to follow you around all day.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a fan and ModelCo founder, Shelley Barrett says, “I wanted to create a lightweight, truly matte sunscreen for everyday use – one that not only protects the skin but leaves you looking radiant, with skin that glows.”

St Tropez also have a killer product in their Instant Glow Mousse, it’s just like their cult Bronzing Mousse but like the ModelCo product washes off immediately with soap and water.

3. The not-too-oompa-loompa one.

Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel, $27.95. At this time of year you want a subtle hint of a glow (unless you’re heading off to a tropical island) and nothing too brown and the Bronzing Gel from Trilogy does the trick nicely.

Easily buildable, you can apply it once for just enough colour to take the pale edge off your pins or you can apply daily for a deeper bronze which lasts 2-3 days. 100% natural. croppedimage240520 Instant Bronzing Gel How to fake tan without looking like an oompa loompa.

Tip: If you already have a favourite tanner but it’s a little too dark to use now, you can thin it down with moisturiser.

4. The just-on-my-face one.

Applying fake tan to your face can be scary and requires a different product to the one you’re using on your legs, particularly if it has a shimmer or is a dark shade. So a nifty trick is to sub out your blush for a bronzer instead.

Instead of concentrating on the apples of your cheeks as you would with a blush, focus on creating a contoured look using whatever bronzer you have on the outer parts of your face. I like bareMinerals mineral powder in warmth for this.

To do this: use a large brush and starting at your temples and trace around your cheekbones and bring it out again along your jawline – imagine drawing a large 3 on each side of your face. It takes a couple of goes to nail the look but it’s a quick trick to match your face to the rest of your body if you tanned it or just want to feel a little less pasty.

If you did want to try a specific fake-tan face product, St Tropez have this one, Model Co have Face Self Tan and the new on the market, Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen (with inbuilt lipbalm!) $24.95 which is like a tinted-milk that doubles as a primer – think a BB Cream with a SPF50+.

Do you wear fake tan outside of summer? What are your favourite products?

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