BEAUTY BUZZ: Why bronzing water is the best route to a subtle tan

Forget streaks – bronzing water is the new way to fake it subtly.

There comes a time in every woman’s year when the slight improvement in weather means that we can start to show more skin. Which, in my book, is where fake tan comes in.

Becky Maynes

This year get your glow on with game-changing bronzing waters. James Read has created a Coconut Water Tan Mist Body (£25, that contains antioxidants and amino acids to protect and hydrate skin – all while you develop a gradual but pleasingly warm glow.

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (£31, is a lightweight water-to-foam mousse that glides on clear and absorbs double-quick.

When misted over models at the Temperley London SS18 show, not only did it lend skin a subtle sheen, it also left the tropical scent of a beach in the Bahamas. Spray on or buff in vigorously with the new St Tropez Prep & Maintain Velvet Luxe Tan Mitt (£4, and you’ll find that the bonus of the new glow-giving waters is that they are fuss-free and fast-drying.

This week we’re…

…sliding our nails into neutral with Essie’s shimmering, sheer beige Pass-Port To Sail. For the 3.1 Phillip Lim SS18-style update on a nude manicure, add a stripe of 88 Licorice Black to your ring finger. (£7.99 each,

Supporting a worthy cause

Beauty Banks is a new initiative calling on us all to pack up unopened, solvent-free toiletries (no nail varnish or perfume) so that they can be given to people living below the poverty line who can’t afford to buy them. Think shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, tampons – things many of us take for granted.

If you don’t have any unopened products, you can still find Beauty Banks’ wish list with Easho ( or order products online at Boots or Superdrug and get them sent directly to Beauty Banks, c/o Jo Jones, The Communications Store, 2 Kensington Square, London W8 5EP. They’ll be distributed to women’s refuges, food banks and homeless shelters across locations in the UK including London, Bristol and Aberdeen.

Trying the click trick

Beauty genius meets stationery-inspired heaven in Clarins 4-Colour Pen (£28,, available in Harmony 1 (top: rosy pink, blue, green and black) or Harmony 2 (above: red, brown, grey and black). Cunningly disguised as a classic ballpoint with four coloured nibs, it’s a make-up multitasker with a lip liner and three retractable eyeliners in one take-everywhere ‘pen’. Simply click, apply and carry on with your day.

Feature by Bella Blissett