It’s fake-tan season, guys. How do we feel about that? Exhausted at the prospect of exfoliating and then getting the stuff all over the sheets so our bedrooms look like gritty crime scenes?
I’m always cynical about fake tan on post-winter skin (it just takes better on a complexion that has a bit of a natural tan), but we are not meant to have a natural tan, are we? We must resist. We must prevail. The everyday rush and struggle rules out laborious prep. I look in the mirror, feel despairing and need a solution. Perhaps more organised people put aside an evening for fake-tanning. Not this chaotic creature. Happily, I’ve stumbled upon Vita Liberata’s idiot-proof, hurry-proof, lazy-proof Ten Minute Tan. Slapped on — haphazardly, it must be said — over moisturiser and ta-dah! I went from stressed-out, wan loon to tawny, honeyed health bomb. On the outside, anyway. Brilliantly natural colour, not so subtle as to be pointless and almost suspiciously easy. As an added boon, it seems to blur. Pores, pimples and general signposts of fatigue are blended into the background.
Then, for heritage glamour, I always use Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzer (£36, at houseoffraser.co.uk) . But, at present, I’m obsessed with Trish McEvoy’s Light & Lift Face Colour Duo (£60, at libertylondon.com). A champagne highlighter shade radiates without too much flash and a warm bronzer sculpts cheeks and jaw. And suddenly here I am in springtime Technicolor. Ready for anything. Except yoga. I loathe yoga.
Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan, £29.95 (vitaliberata.co.uk)