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It's no secret that us Irish girls have a bit of an obsession with fake tan. 

Our fair pale complexions weren't exactly designed for direct sun-light, and well, we'd rather get our glow from a bottle than risk damaging our skin.

However, it comes with a lot of questions – from making it last longer to the dreaded patchy spots – the application of fake tan is truly an art form in itself. 

But never fear, because we spoke a CatwalkHQ Self Tan expert some of the most common queries so you can prep yourself for the season ahead. 

What is the best way to prep our skin before applying fake tan? 

"Make sure to start your prep at least a day, if not two days before you want to apply tan. Exfoliate skin to remove any previous tan and to get rid of any dead skin cells to leave a smooth base for the tan to apply to.

"Following this, make sure to hydrate your skin by applying a moisturiser, preferably oil free as this won’t leave any residue that will affect the tan application. Do this in the days leading up to your tanning day."

What steps can we take to make our tan last longer? 

"As mentioned prepping your skin is key, so a good foundation will automatically help this. In the days prior to applying your tan make sure to keep skin hydrated. This will also help avoid that dreaded patchy effect!"

How to remove tan without it going patchy? 

"By moisturising the skin to help prolong the tans wear, this will also have the added effect of allowing it to wear more evenly."

How does shaving affect tan?

"Shaving right before tanning isn’t a great idea as it will leave the pores open and attracts the tan to them.

"Similarly, shaving after isn’t ideal either as it wears the tan more quickly.

"For optimal results shave or wax at least 24 hours prior  to tanning and this will allow time for pores to close. If you are in a rush however and do need to shave and tan within close proximity to one another try running cold water over the shaved areas to help close the pores a little."

Is it safe to put tan on your face?

"Generally yes, certain tans will have ingredients that won’t agree with your skin so try and find one with more natural products. 

"When applying tan, don’t apply it directly to the face. Pump a small amount out onto your mitt and mix with a moisturiser, then using a buffing brush work it onto your face, avoiding the eye area."

Missed a spot? What's the best quick fix? 

"Similar to how you apply tan to your face, pump out a small amount of tan onto a mitt and mix with moisturiser and buff onto the missed area. The moisturiser mixed with the tan will make the colour less harsh and will allow it to blend seamlessly."

With summer fast approaching, how will the chlorine in pools affect our tan? 

"The more contact your body has with water – be it showering, the pool, or the sea – the quicker your tan will fade. Some tans fade a lot more evenly than others.

"Some tips to help avoid patchy tan would be to pat yourself dry as opposed to wiping motions. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise and use an SPF that sprays onto the skin as opposed to a lotion."

Any other tips or advice? 

"When tanning hands and feet make sure to use the same technique as the face. This will give a far more natural look to them. Don’t forget to get in between those fingers and toes too. Tan also doesn't generally have SPF in it is, make sure not to forget it!"



There is no situation that cannot be helped with the application of tan. Stepping into a glow of confidence when you feel a little bleak can do wonders for the mind. Think of it as a shield, transforming us from pasty to healthy, as we face our daily battles- straight up therapeutic. 

But there are certain issues that come with choosing the right tan. Is the post-tan break-out and skin irritation worth the happy glow? Is it safe to apply? Many of us have chosen to avoid items that put our furry friends in danger during production. A few days of feeling like a queen can come with consequences, so the careful selection of tan is a must and it can be hard to find a tan that ticks every box…

However, we reckon CatwalkHQ tan ticks all these boxes and more! SHEmazing is mad about this one gals, and we’ve come up with a few reasons why:

1. It's safe

Anyone whose body is under pressure will struggle to find a safe tan. CatwalkHQ tan is the perfect remedy, safe for pregnant women as well as anyone going through chemotherapy. Your body works on overdrive when it’s fighting obstacles or creating life. The temple of your being deserves a tantastic treat, at the very least!

2. Nature loves CatwalkHQ

We are becoming increasingly aware that our beauty products can have negative effects on the natural world. There seems to be no point in changing diet to benefit our furry friends without considering skin products. CatwalkHQ tan is vegan-friendly and can boast cruelty-free production! You can keep your tan-obsession with the comforting knowledge that the critters are considered!

3. The mitt has a thumb

You will not realise how much you need your thumb until you use a mitt that excludes this divisive digit. CatwalkHQ has taken manual anatomy on board, providing us with thumb function for access to those curves and crevices that shouldn't be ignored. The result? A more even-looking tan, natural and flawless!

4. It's skin-safe

In every house, there is someone who suffers from skin irritation. From eczema to psoriasis, tan can be an obstacle. The genius of CatwalkHQ has solved our tan-stacles by catering to those whose skin acts-up. With high levels of hyaluronic acid and a list of natural ingredients, this tan actually hydrates the skin and will not irritate dryness- a skin superfood!  

5. That Glow, tho

CatwalkHQ tan comes in two shades, medium and dark. Choose depending on your unique skin tone and the nature of the occasion! A night out with the girls could warrant a sunnier tone and a wedding may call for a classic glow.

6. It's quick-drying

Quick-dry factors can make all the difference in busy lives. This tan takes a minute to dry and 2-4 hours to develop. Layers of mousse can be applied when necessary, but the result is the same- no scales or patches, just a natural looking tan!

An innovative tan that looks fab, nourishes and ensures critter protection- too good to be true?! SHEmazing is in love with this all-rounder!