This is the fun part! It's important here to set aside enough time to tan properly – a rushed tan only results in an uneven tan.
The first rule is that you must use a tanning application mitt, which will not only ensure a smooth, streak-free tan, but also protect your hands. Pump a small amount of product onto the mitt and apply in long, sweeping motions, buffing as you go. Start with one arm, then move down towards your stomach, and finally to your legs. Swap the mitt to the other hand and repeat on the other side.
Applying the tan on your own? No stress! You can use the Loving Tan Easy to Reach Back Tanning Applicator, or follow the advice of tanning guru James Read, who told Mecca Maxima that a wooden spoon inside a tanning mitt secured with a rubber band works a treat.
Leave your face last, using only the residue on the mitt so as to not over-apply. Alternatively, if you don't want to tan your face, you can squeeze a couple of drops a wash-off tanning gel in your foundation each day. We love The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun Holiday Glow Creator.