Have you perfected your summer bronze yet?
No, we're not advocating laying out in the sun or even hopping into a tanning bed. (Although if you do, it's gonna cost you!)
We're talking about the art of self-tanning, which gives you all the sexy bronze color payoff without any of the scary cancer risks or much-loathed signs of aging.
If you're intimidated by a tan from the can, you're not alone. That oompa loompa orange look is enough to frighten off many a women from even attempting.
Fortunately, Cindy Barshop of Completely Bare spas has some easy advice on how to achieve the kind of smooth summer tan she serves up to clients like Paris Hilton.
"Make sure that your skin is totally smooth from shaving and exfoliated prior to applying self-tanner. The area has to be 100% completely dry -- use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process," says Barshop.
Once you're all prepped to go, Barshop recommends first starting with a layer of gradual tan product like Jergen's Natural Glow. After a few hours, apply the layer of self-tanner so that you get a perfectly spread tan that is even all over.
And patience is a virtue.
"The biggest mistake women make is not waiting for the self-tanner to completely dry before getting dressed. Also, applying too much self-tanner to areas that should only receive a little, like your knees and elbows. One way to avoid this mistake is to apply the tanner from your feet up; this way it's easier to see what you're doing as you go."
Completely Bare recently launched Model Tan, a deeply hydrating self-tanner that is formulated with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, D and E for a bronzer that doubles as a skincare treat. We're loving the natural tan tone that looks to be touched by a hint of honey.
To celebrate the last month of summer, StyleList is giving away ten bottles of the bronzer to ten lucky winners!
To enter the giveaway:
-Leave a confirmed comment below telling us where you'll flaunt your fabulous new tan.
-The comment must be left by August 23, 2010.
-You may enter only once.
-Ten winners will be selected in a random drawing.
-Ten winners will receive a Completely Bare Model Tan, valued at $36 each.
-Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
Click here for complete Official Rules.