Summer in Sydney has been lacking of late so we thought we’d share one of our favourite editorial secrets, the product that has us and our models glowing all year round: Summer by Beauty Department by Nadine Monley. Created by our dear friend and makeup artist Nadine, she formulated it in her Bondi home and it has been featured in magazines like Shop Til You Drop and on sites like Style.com. It’s nourishing and soothing, combines local organic ingredients rather than toxic additives such as parabens and synthetic colorants, and allows subtle bronzing without coppery streaking. For the boys, she also has Man Tan.
Here she shares the best tips and tricks for achieving a flawless glow:
Exfoliate “If your skin is very dry, then exfoliate first before applying moisturiser. Start by exfoliating your skin with a body scrub in the shower – I also love to use coconut oil and a mitt if the skin is extra dry and pay special attention to the rough areas such as the knees and elbows. Exfoliating your face and body weekly helps to rid the skin of its top dead layers.”
Moisturise “Before applying fake tan it’s best to thoroughly moisturise your hands, toes, elbows, knees and heels. These areas tend to have lots of creases and the moisturiser will help the fake tan blend better here – there is nothing worse then dark heels and knees.”
Blend, blend, blend “When applying the tan, start with your face and work your way down the body, leaving your hands and feet for last. If it’s your first time and you’re feeling nervous, then apply another layer of moisturiser over the top to further help the blending process. Once finished, make sure to wash your hands and clean your fingernails with a wipe. Lastly, try using a little Goe Oil, which is beautifully moisturising and absorbs very quickly into the skin leaving you with a wonderful glow.”