Life before tan: Meh.

Life after tan: I can conquer the world!

The one product that literally makes me feel a ga-zillion times better about myself. A good fake tan. And my ultimate tan – Vita Liberata for body and Sisley for the face. I wish so so much I could say it was a cheaper one (sorry) but this is the only one I can use on my face these days. It looks after your skin and really works to give the perfect shade with no colour issues, marks or streaks. It’s tricky with the face as fake tan can really dry your skin out – the last thing you want on your face. The tanning drops you add to moisturisers are great but because I exfoliate with AHA’s and BHA’s (I use Glossier and Paulas Choice on rotation) they don’t last longer than a day its all stripped off that night. However – I did always love the Garnier face mist, its only recently my skin (probably through ageing) has started acting up when I use it. And that was super easy to apply with a great end result, never any streaks.


I have written about Vita Liberata so many times now but that’s because it really is so good. I wanted to re-hash an old post to give you a quick step by step in case you’re in need of a pick-me-up in a bottle (and not the alcoholic kind).

I would always recommend the mousse version of this tan, I bought the lotion online by accident once and it was much harder to apply leaving me with a few accidental streaks. But the mousse is amazing! I am not super careful with it, always in too much a rush. I use the medium but there’s also a light and dark version depending on what your natural skin colour is. After two applications it is the perfect tan shade for me, looks just like the real thing, fades over time like the real thing, no smells, easy to apply and no streaks what so ever. It is not the cheapest on the market but I go on applications per month and this bottle lasts as you needn’t top-up as often.

Here are my top tips for application…

  1. This tan is unusual in that they actually say not to use any moisturiser before tanning, exfoliating is essential though – elbows and knees – but then the skin should be completely dry and clean.
  2. Use your tanning mitt – it dries in an instant so don’t risk it with bare hands and any stray drops wash off straight away.
  3. Squirt two to three pumps onto the mitt and squish it around.
  4. Go in circular movements starting at your thigh then down to your calf.
  5. When the legs are done and it looks like there is no more on the mitt, squeeze it and more will come out, use this for your feet.
  6. Think beach feet – only put tan where the sun would naturally hit – the tops of your feet not the sides!
  7. Do your toes very lightly, dark toes are a massive giveaway – and just the tops, then go across on the back of the ankle, not up and down.
  8. Next is your arms, starting at the top and working down to your forearm, long circular movements.
  9. Then the hand – each finger lightly up and down but not the insides – again think beach hands.
  10. Then chest and stomach, long circular strokes.
  11. Finally its the face – apply in the middle, t-zone, hairline and finally chin.
  12. Don’t forget a bit behind the ears for when your hair is up.
  13. Finishing touches make all the difference to the natural look – use a cloth to dab your nose creases, upper lip and eyebrows (I am usually too lazy to do this but its great if you need it looking perfect).
  14. Then a damp cloth on your elbows, knees and the back of your ankles.
  15. Final bit – damp cloth between each finger.
  16. Ta-da you are one hot bronze goddess mama

…and if you want to increase the colour wait 3-24 hours before showering and doing it again. A few faux freckles look super cute too – I use an eyebrow pencil to dab them on where the sun would naturally fall on your face. My favourite natural look product for this is the Suqqu eyebrow pen, used it for years. Looks like the real thing. Just remember to keep them sporadic and not uniform dots across the face.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you have any tips or great products!





  1. Tara
    4th March 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Fab blog I’m always a little scared on applying fake tan especially on my body. The face is a bit more forgiving!

    • The Editing Mother
      4th March 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you! Hope it helps x

  2. Louise
    4th March 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Great post-I need this right now! I exfoliate my face most nights with acids too, did you find the Garnier one used to last in spite of this? (Sisley one is a bit too far out of budget sadly!) Thank you! X

    • The Editing Mother
      7th March 2018 / 6:50 am

      I actually didn’t use acids when I was using the Garnier one… but could be worth a try. Think it was less than £10 and so so easy to use just spray from 15cm away. I used a medium I think… wish it still worked for me xxx

  3. Louise Ben-accom
    17th March 2018 / 7:01 pm

    I’m new to the fake tan game. I’m just using the Dove gradual tan at the moment. But I’m not keen on the feel of it & I was thinking of trying the St tropez in shower one. Have you tried that? I’m hoping it won’t leave me feeling sticky 🙄 Thanks.x

  4. Emma
    25th March 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I use the st tropez express 1/2/3 hour at the mo so will try this! Quick question, is it the rapid mousse or the phenomenal? Looked on boots and can see both that look like yours above x

    • The Editing Mother
      25th March 2018 / 2:35 pm

      Phenomenal mousse xxxx

  5. Leanne
    21st June 2019 / 9:19 pm

    Such a great post, thank you! Just wondering what shade of the eyebrow pen you would recommend?

    • The Editing Mother
      15th August 2019 / 8:27 am

      Thank you… I use a light brown but depends on your skin tone. Probably steer clear of anything too dark.

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