The best fake tanning tips for an even, golden glow

Fake tan products have come a long way. Previous frustrations like unnaturally orange colour and uneven fading are mostly minimised thanks to new innovations and there are options to suit everyone, depending on the kind of application – and effort level – you prefer and when you need results. Hydrating lotions and creams are better for those with sensitive or dry skin, foams and mousses give quick results while tan ‘eraser’ products help remove the remnants when colour wears off after several days. 

  1. Never shave or wax straight before tanning -it will open your pores and give that ‘speckled egg’ look. Instead do it the day before.
  2. Exfoliate first, but if you’re using a product, ensure it’s free of any oils – a harder task than you might expect. It’s sometimes easier to use an exfoliating glove to ensure there is no barrier between your skin and the tan colour.
  3. Always use a tanning mitt to apply your tan for an even finish. Apply to the centre of mitt and then clench your fist so the product is distributed evenly before applying to skin. For a smooth, fast application, use a mitt on each hand.
  4. Apply a small amount of moisturiser to the hairline, eyebrows and any dry patches on your body like elbows and ankles prior to starting, will ensure colour isn’t patchy or obvious afterwards.
  5. To reach your back, slide a tanning mitt onto a spatula and secure with a hair tie before applying product and rubbing it in.
  6. Leave your elbows, knees, hands and feet until last and use the excess left on your mitt after doing your legs or body rather than adding any more product.
  7. To tan your face, use tanning drops you can add to your regular moisturiser to custom blend a subtle colour that won’t clog pores and cause acne. Alternatively use a dense face brush to buff on a tinted fake tanning product for even coverage. Don’t forget your ears!
  8. To speed up drying time, apply baby powder over your tan with your hands or an old fluffy face powder brush to remove stickiness and prevent any colour transferring. Alternatively, use a hair dryer on cool.
  9. Apply moisture rich body lotion every day to maintain the tan. As soon as it starts to get patchy, use a tan eraser to remove evenly.
  10. For best results, avoid showering or sweat-inducing activities for 10-12 hours. If you want a low-key glow, experiment with washing it off after an hour or so.

Book to screen adaptations to get excited about in 2022

Conversations With Friends

After the success of 2020’s Normal People, Sally Rooney’s debut novel Conversations With Friends is set for a TV adaptation. Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), Jemima Kirke (Girls, Sex Education), Sasha Lane (American Honey) and newcomer Alison Oliver have been cast in the 12-episode series.

Normal People’s director Lenny Abrahamson will be taking on the new TV series, with British screenwriter Alice Birch and Rooney herself handling the script. The show has been filming in Ireland and is set to be released sometime in 2022.

Where The Crawdads Sing

The queen of literary adaptations, Reese Witherspoon, is producing the Where The Crawdads Sing movie adaptation, with Normal People’s Daisey Edgar-Jones cast in the lead role as Kya.

Newcomers Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson have been cast as the two male leads, playing Tate Walker and Chase Andrews, respectively.

Filming on the Where The Crawdads Sing movie wrapped in July 2021, with the film set for a release date of 24 June 2022.


Based on the 1897 play by Edmond Rostand, Cyrano is a musical romantic drama that tells the story of talented writer and swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac who is secretly in love with his dear friend Roxanne.

Directed by Joe Wright and with original music written by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Cyrano stars Peter Dinklage in the titular role, along with Haley Bennet, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film will be released in the US on 21 January 2022, with international release to follow.

Deep Water

Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thriller’s Deep Water is getting the Hollywood treatment, with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas starring as the leads in the movie. The story follows a couple in a loveless marriage and the film adaptation is slated for a 14 January 2022 release.

She Said

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star in this true story about the New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. The film is early on in production, with Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Samantha Morton and Adam Shapiro in the cast, set for a release date of 28 November 2022.

Death On The Nile

Detective Poirot is back in the second film adaptation of the Agathe Christie series, following 2017’s Murder On The Orient Express. Kenneth Branagh is reprising his role as the French detective, with Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie and Russell Brand starring in the ensemble.

The Death On The Nile film is scheduled for release on 10 February 2022.

The Nightingale

Real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning play French sisters Vianne and Isabelle in this sweeping tale based on the book by Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale is set in Nazi-occupied France during WWII and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.


Jane Austen fans will be delighted to hear a new adaptation is in the works, this time following the story of Anne Elliot in Persuasion. The film stars Dakota Johnson as the lead, along with Henry Golding, Suki Waterhouse and Richard E Grant is expected to be released in 2022 (date TBC).