How to Make Your Tan Look Believable — Even Though You Can't Go Outside

Being on lockdown does not have to equal pasty limbs.

Miss your summer tan? Us too. That's why we've teamed up with Bronzie to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win over €150 worth of Bronzie products. 

It's time to come clean: your skin hasn't seen the sun in what feels like about two years. Whether that's because you've finally taken our Taoiseach's advice and stopped going outside, or you know better than to lay out in the sun all day, your skin is now looking as grim as the daily news. You miss that healthy glow, and – if we're being honest – we miss it too. 

Ideally, you'd jet off to Bali, or maybe the South of France, but there's just that small issue of there being a travel ban in place.  The holiday will have to wait, and you'll have to continue looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. Or, you could just reach straight for a bottle of fake tan.

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But you are supposed to be self-isolating and if you rock up to your Monday morning Zoom call with a tan darker than the one you got when you actually spent a week in the South of France last year, nobody is going to believe it—especially as all your colleagues saw you Instagramming pictures of your dog all weekend. 

But tanning in these unprecedented times doesn't have to be a complete no-go. We know it sounds trivial, but you'd be surprised by the effect a fine faux-glow might have on your mood...even if it's only seen on the skin below your PJs and above your slippers. Much like makeup has the power to raise spirits when we're feeling down, painting on a golden bronze hue will allow us all to feel much less zombie-like as we get to grips with our new reality.

Plus, if you're a tanning neophyte, then now is the perfect time to get practising! Especially when there are exciting new tanning products to play with. 

introducing bronzie

Already a regular name amongst beauty editors and celebrities including Vicky Pattison, Frankie Bridge, Jessica Wright, Katie Price, Stephanie Pratt and the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, Bronzie specialises in timesaving, multi-tasking tools to help you achieve a flawless bronzed finish. Think a mitt that tans your back, a powder that dries your tan instantly and cosy loungewear made from a luxuriously lightweight material that glides over the skin post-tanning whilst preventing tan lines thanks to the non-restrictive wrist/ankle cuffs and drawstring waist-line.

So far, so good - right?  Wrong. Anyone in Ireland who has ever tried to get their hands on a Broznie product or two will have undoubtedly been stung on international delivery charges or the dreaded 'we do not ship to your address' notification. Well, that’s about to change. Bronzie has finally arrived in Ireland and is now available to buy in Boots (a.k.a the ultimate destination for the beauty-obsessed).

So to celebrate the fact Bronzie is now available to shop in Ireland without the international delivery charge, here are our current favourite Bronzie products for you to add to your cart now. 

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Picture this: you decide it's time to start feeling good and again and reach for your favourite bottle of tan. You apply to your arms, legs, torso and just as you go to call your housemate to tan your back, you realise you can't do that anymore. Social distancing, remember? Cue Bronzie and their ultimate back and body tanning mitt. With a dual handed design, you’ll easily access those hard-to-reach areas, ensuring a gorgeously even tan that looks professionally applied. Made from luxurious velour for optimum skin comfort with a protective inner layer to keep your hands stain-free, this washable mitt can used time after time.

ULTIMATE BACK AND BODY TANNING MITT, €24.99, Bronzie available at Boots

This is a must or anyone who has ever tried to tan their entire body and then immediately put on clothes. Designed to protect your tan, the Bronzie Powder Pop is perfect for use with the Bronzie finishing powder, to ensure your tan remains flawless and streak-free. You basically buff the powder on as you would your face powder, and it takes down the stickiness from tan immediately, so you can feel fresher and put your clothes on. Oh, and it reduces transfer to clothes and sheets too. 

POWDER POP, €12.99, Bronzie available at Boots

TAN PERFECTING POWDER, €19.99, Bronzie available at Boots

What's the number one rule of self-tan? Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Don't believe us? Well how about believing tanning guru and Broznie founder, Leanne Leguen? "Even the most expensive self-tan will fall short if your skin hasn’t been exfoliated adequately." These mini exfoliating mitts are essential when prepping the skin for self-tan, or to even help remove it. Specially designed to be gentle on skin, the charcoal-infused material naturally exfoliates, detoxifies and removes impurities. 

ULTIMATE MINI MITTS, €12.99, Bronzie available at Boots

Some of us get freckles by the luck of the gene pool; others see theirs pop up in the summer — and many people don't have a single dot to speak of. We're all different, but if you're born without and want to give the illusion of having sun-kissed spots just for fun, it's pretty easy to create them thanks to Bronzie. Pop their heart-shaped stencil over your face and apply your chosen tan product to achieve a long-lasting, cute as a button finish.

THE ULTIMATE TAN YOUR OWN FRECKLES STENCIL, €6.99, Bronzie available at Boots

Meet your new WFH best friend. The Broznie jumpsuit is a deluxe,easy-wear garment, designed to be worn post faux tanning – although it's just as comfy without tan. The specially designed fabric glides over freshly tanned skin to ensure reduced tan lines leaving no sticky mess. The breathable under arm area, velour-lined hood, adjustable drawstring waist and stylish fit make the jumpsuit the ultimate after tanning accessory. Oh, and if you order now...you'll get 10% off.

‘CHELSEA’ Jumpsuit, €70, Bronzie

However, the only way you can judge is for yourself. That's why we've teamed up with Bronzie to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win all the products above and MORE!  

To be in the chance of winning the entire Bronzie range worth over €150, simply answer the question below: 

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This competition is open to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland residents aged 18 or over unless any other age restriction is specified or implied. T&Cs apply. Closing date 01/04/2020.

Main image by @irishtatlerbeauty on Instagram

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