Gigi Hadid Source: Instagram.com/allanface
It's not too late to get a (sunless) tan this summer.
The month of August has a funny way of filling you with dread, reminding you that you only have four weeks left to complete that looming checklist of summer must-dos. Did you go to enough outdoor concerts? Drink as many mojitos as you possibly could? Get a (responsible, sun-free) tan?!
In an effort to get bronzed before I kiss the summer sunshine goodbye, I chatted with celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who has personally tanned mega beach-babes Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen for swimsuit shoots. Avendaño informed me that on set, the self-tan process is speedy. “The models often arrive to the location at 1 a.m.," he says, "And [they] need to shower, get tanned, sleep and then be up again at 5 a.m. to shoot.” When the models arrive to [insert exotic island here] the night before the shoot, Avendaño instructs them to take a shower and exfoliate their skin. He has a strict no-moisturizer rule, as this interferes with the way the tan develops on the skin.
To begin the bronzing process post-shower, Allan applies a generous amount of Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Weeks Tan Mousse in Dark all over the body and face. (Ed note: Avendaño is not sponsored by Vita Liberata, but he does sometimes partner with the brand.) He recommends using a tanning mitt to ensure the product goes on evenly, and to protect hands from absorbing excess colour. The morning of the shoot, Avendaño applies the Vita Liberata Marula Dry Oil Self Tan to deepen the glow. He is also a fan of body contouring to appear more sculpted and toned. “Flex your muscle and concentrate a little more product on areas where you would normally see definition," he says. To provide contrast to the bronzed areas, use a highlighter on the tops of the thighs, shoulders and décolleté.
Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Weeks Tan Mousse in Dark ($65, at sephora.com)