No, I’m not a bad speller. M.U.S.S.T. (Make-up Supply Shop for the Trade) is the brand name of the one and only self-tanning product I’ve ever tried that I actually love. Forget orange-based creams and fake-looking tans and most definitely forget the tanning salon. In fact, you can even minimize your exposure to actual sunlight and get the perfect tan without damaging your skin.
I was very apprehensive about trying a spray tan product because I was worried I’d end up being stained orange. I met with Giovanna De Caro and Geneviève Dubé (two fabulous makeup artists) at the M.U.S.S.T. studio in Montreal and they showed me how the products worked and gave me my very own Salut Bonjour Self-Tanning Package ($70) which includes a spray, cream and a makeup brush.
With a brown, olive base, these products will give you the same results as a salon spray tan and there is absolutely no way you can wind up looking orange. There is no orange pigment in either of the products at all. Just look at this picture I took last night. I have a healthy glow and you could never tell it’s a fake. (It’s not crazy dark because I only applied one coat but I’m usually quite fair so it’s a significant difference.)
The spray works very well and you can see the difference right away so you won’t miss a spot. I’m super impressed with it and find myself using it every time I have an event. I keep getting complements on my “tan.” I just spray a small part of my body and then glide the brush over that area to even it out before it dries so I don’t end up with a blotchy tan. For my face, I first spray the brush and then apply the brush to my face. The cream comes in handy for the face, too and it can also be used on the rest of your body. Plus, you can use it to even out any missed spots. And it doesn’t smell bad or stain clothing.
You can use one product or the other, whichever you are more comfortable with. Personally, I need them both but find each one more suitable for different things. You’ll discover which product works best on each area once you try them out yourself. Don’t worry, I know what you’re thinking. You will NOT look like a pumpkin. I promise!
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To get the best results, here are a few helpful hints:
* Exfoliate your skin in the shower before applying the products to ensure an even tan. FYI, you should be exfoliating daily, anyway.
* Moisturize your body and face with a light cream
* Spray: Apply from 6-inches away in a circular motion and use the brush to even it out. Apply one coat at a time. Colour will darken within three hours though you’ll see results instantly.
* Lotion: Apply sparingly in areas like the knees, feet and ankles. Use latex gloves if possible, otherwise, do small areas at a time and wash your hands in between each section so the cream doesn’t staining your fingers. It washes off really easily.
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