Get a (Believable) Faux Glow in Winter

Celebrity Style Jan. 13, 2011 AT 12:51PM
Get a (Believable) Faux Glow in Winter Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Jerritt Clark/WireImage.com

Want a red-carpet worthy glow in the midst of all of the snow? It is possible!

"Even though it's winter, you can still have a gorgeous tan," celeb skincare expert and editor-in-chief of SelfTanningQueen.com Sinead Norenius tells UsMagazine.com.

First, realize that a cold-weather tan is different than a warm-weather one. The key to a warm and youthful glow is to trade down your shade. "Switch to light or medium sunless tanner or a gradual tanner," she explains. Norenius suggests Beautisol's All Seasons Glow ($39, beautisol.com).

Prep your skin with a bit of exfoliation and hydration. "Buff rough areas like elbows and knees with a dry washcloth so you still get color but without the blotchiness," Norenius tells Us. Then follow with a hydrating moisturizer to help skin look "dewy and youthful looking," she says.

Apply the tanner (and avoid yellowed hands) with a glove like the St. Tropez applicator mitt ($6, sttropeztan.com). "Sweep over the body in long strokes, beginning on the legs and working up to the arms and shoulders," Fiona Locke of St. Tropez Tan tells Us.

For the face, Locke suggests using a cosmetic sponge or fingers to blend the product out toward the hairline and down the neck.

Finally give skin a red carpet boost with St. Tropez Skin Illuminator ($22.50, sttropeztan.com) to shins, decolletage and cheekbones for a subtly shimmering effect.

Repeat the process every three or four days to maintain the glow.

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