They might have the beautiful sunshine, but we’ve got the ultimate fake-tan guide, so you can look just as bronzed even if that big yellow thing in the sky isn’t playing ball. Celebrity tanner Olivia Todd, who has worked on Strictly Come Dancing and with celebrities like Laura Whitmore and Made In Chelsea’s Louise Thompson, tells us how:

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“Before applying tan, it’s always best to have super-smooth and silky skin. Exfoliate and buff your skin, as this will remove any dead skin cells and rough surfaces and will enable the tan to glide on seamlessly and beautifully. Avoid a scrub that contains oil, as this will lock in moisture but also stop that gorgeously golden tan you’ve been dreaming of from developing properly.”

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“Avoid hair removal, such as waxing, for up to 24 hours before applying a tan, because it opens up pores and will create an uneven-looking tan. This timeframe is everything, as it allows cuts to heal and the skin to calm.”

“For the ultimate golden-goddess skin, make sure you use a rich moisturiser on elbows, knees, knuckles and in between fingers, to keep the tan from clinging to those areas. If you have light coloured hair, it may also be worth applying moisturiser to your hairline, or over your brows, to avoid those gingery-like tones.”

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“Mitts are magic. Always opt for a mitt when applying your tan, and use long, sweeping motions, rather than circular. This will help to spread the tan evenly. Start from the bottom and work your way up. For those who like an indulgent bronze, do two coats. When it comes to the face, it’s always nice to add a touch of moisturiser. This reduce the risk of breakouts and help you achieve a more subtle glow.”

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