I want to take some time to talk about self tanning as it's a part of my job and is in everyone's world! Shooting summer campaigns in winter makes things a whole lot easier for stylists and make up artists like me, when a good self tanning product is in demand. I've used lots of brands in the past but Moroccan Tan is my go to. The colour is flawless, and blends well within your skin tone to achieve the most natural looking colour possible, within a convenient time span!
If you're fair or dark like me there are a range of products which would suit your lifestyle and skin.
People with colour get on board - I've been using self tanning on my skin for years, just didn't tell anyone. When I do tell someone I was using self tanning they would say 'but you're dark already'.
This is the reason why I use it, it evens my skin tone and with Moroccan Tan they have added organic Argan oil to their formula which gives my skin that holiday and carpet glow. And who wouldn't want that.
Everyone knows the process - exfoliate, spray, set and moisturise. But sometimes the tan doesn't end up as even as expected or as clean.
Tip: skin has layers, and to achieve an even tan and ensure that all skin folicals are even we must prep and prime the body!
When cleansing and exfoliating the skin, sometimes you may not realise that the harshness of the product makes the skin irritated and peel, and is not hydrating and protecting it at the same time. Morrocan Tan has come up with a solution to achieve skin that is smooth like a baby's bottom! ⁃ Argain oil, a skin hydrate which gives you that youthful glow.
⁃ Rosehip oil, which calms dry skin with natural fatty acids
⁃ RaspberrySeed oils which is a natural lubricant and provides moisture retention in the skin
⁃ Organic Aloe Vera, everyone's favourites as it rejuvenates and softens the skin
Morrocan Tan is actually my daily body cleanser as it's safe to use daily and extremely good for the skin.
Another important tool and step is to prime the skin... think of it like putting on foundation. To get a good base you must prime. Morrocan Tan primer is designed to prep the skin prior to tanning as it takes away the excess dead skin cells! Apply this the night before and buff into the skin. The rosehip oil and aloe Vera will protect the skin from premature ageing and improves the appearances of fine lines (reduces a scaly tan)
Now that you have prepped and primed your skin, it's time for the tan.
The instant tan comes in three different packaging and textures. However all of them will help to soften and moisturise the skin whist delivering a bronze tan.
- Tanning Lotion - I love the lotion because the colour appears immediately and the full colour will develop within 2-4 hours. Apply with a mitt - on shoots to save time I would apply the tanning lotion on the model and do their makeup and hair while they're standing up ... by the time I finish hair and makeup the tanning would be fully developed.
- Tanning mousse - has the same result as the lotion, lots of my clients and friends prefer the mousse over the lotion. I think it comes down to what texture you like ... for me I like the lotion over the mousse. I think the mousse and the sound that it makes trigger a memory of me putting a half of a can of mousse in my hair before I went out. Hmmm not a good look or memory.
However I do use the mousse when I have a client or a model who comes to me with a streaky spray tan ... I find using the mousse with a mitt I can smooth out the streak.
- Airbrush spray - this is the quickest way to apply tanning, it's like a spray gun in a can. The 360 nozzle, allows easy and quick application from all angles. A great one to take away with you when you're traveling. Tip on application:
Always start off with a light coating of the product and then build.
Test patch it to see how much the colour develops on your skin.
I find on knees and elbows - one coating is fine.
Spray your hands once when it's flat then the second time when your hands are doing the bear claw so the tan will get to your angles.
If you're finding this overwhelming just head to the Moroccan Tan website and find your nearest tanning salon and get it done professionally.
This shoot was the first time that I used the amazing YVES SAINT LAURENT
Le Teint Touche Éclat - Illumination Foundation.
Immediately as I applied this foundation I was totally in love with the beautiful creamy texture that has a build able coverage, but most of all I loved how it targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of my models face.
Let me put it this way - Imagine your skin looking the best that it could look. Kinda like when you apply that beautiful snap chat filter - don't pretend that you don't know what I'm saying girls :
Model: Ellie Louise Coker (Chadwicks)
Hair: Alysha Jane
Makeup: Tre Dallas
This would have to be one of my favourite campaigns that I've been involved with. It showcased the beauty of my home town Melbourne to an elite international audience.
Agency: Ten Feet Tall
Makeup: Tre Dallas
Photography: Andrew Maccoll
Stylist: Phillip Boon
Models: Chervil (Vivienes), Chris Ling, Cassie Hancock (Viviennes), Chelsea Butler (Viviennes).
Hair: Alysha Jane, Aneta Nabradalik
Erin is one of the most gorgeous and talented girls that I have had the pleasure to work with. Just a heads up kids - This girl can sing! But the star of this shoot was Erin's eyes! Intensified by Artems Signature Mink Lashes.
Makeup: Tre Dalls
Photography: Stuart Chen, Assisted by: Hamish Heath
Model: Erin V Holland
Hair: Resta Vi
Black on Black on Black - was the inspiration for this shoot. We all love a good smokey eye to add a bit of drama. And the perfect must have palette to achieve this look is Kat Von D - Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette. The pigment in this product is bloody out of control!!!! I actually screamed the first time that I used this! A special mention goes to the range of TRE Semme hair products which helped to create this fabulous sexy and sophisticated look.
Watch a tutorial from this shoot here