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  • Jules Heptonstall's TOP 5 Summer Picks

    St.Tropez Self Tan Express Mousse

    The 1 HOUR Tan

    Where do I even begin with this bathroom essential? It’s like 3 tans in one – a great money saving product! Shower off after 1 hour for a light sunkissed glow, 2 hours for a golden glow and 3 hours for a deep, dark bronze – with all these shade options it’s perfect for sharing! Like any self tan, always exfoliate before you apply and ensure your hands, elbows, knees and feet are moisturised to stop the tan from clinging.

    #PROTIP – Set a timer on your phone to ensure you shower at just the right time. When you get out of the shower, pat dry and moisturise your body to give your skin a hit of hydration as your tan continues to develop.


    St.Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse

    The ICONIC tan

    A summer beauty staple – no beauty cabinet should be without one! This mousse is my absolute favourite for delivering gorgeous golden skin that lasts for up to 5 days. Apply on a Thursday night for tanned skin over the weekend, or on a Sunday night for tanned skin through the week. Always exfoliate before to remove any dead skin cells (trust me, it makes a huge difference to your end colour) and apply with a mitt, pumping the mousse onto the mitt before you apply onto your body.

    #PROTIP – Pump the mousse onto mitt and then grip your hand together to evenly distribute the product around the mitt.


    St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil

    The LUXE Tan

    I love, love, LOVE this tanning oil. Fragranced with lemongrass and neroli, it’s like no other tan I’ve ever used. The oil keeps your skin soft and hydrated and the shimmer gives your skin all over radiance whilst it develops. Many of my clients like to apply this in the morning and allow the tan to develop throughout the day, as it’s a dry oil there’s no sticky feeling as the tan develops. And trust me, watching the shimmer infuse into the oil as you shake the bottle never ever gets boring!

    #PROTIP – If you’re nervous about any streaking, take an applicator mitt without any product on and run it around your body to blend the oil.


    St.Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion  

    The SUBTLE Tan

    My favourite for first time tanners, switch your normal moisturiser to this one, infused with tanning ingredients, getting that glow couldn’t be easier. It’s ideal if you have a busy schedule and is my secret weapon to prolong a holiday glow all year round.

    #PROTIP - Always wash your hands and in-between your fingers after applying.


    St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion


    Perfect for last minute tanning, I keep one of these in my desk drawer – it’s like the tanning worlds answer to make up. Apply with a mitt to achieve an instant golden tan that stays on your skin until you shower off with warm soap and water. I love using this in between spray tans when my tan starts to fade, it keeps my skin golden but lets the spray tan fully fade underneath, ready for my next tan.

    #PROTIP - It’s also brilliant to contour with. Give yourself an all-over tan using your preferred choice of self tan (Classic, Dark, Sensitive), then after your tan has developed and you have showered off the guide colour, add an additional layer of Instant Tan Lotion to your inner thigh, your outer torso and underneath your décolletage.

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  • The importance of Prep & Maintain

    by Jules Heptonstall

    With tanning, preparation is often overlooked. The more prep you do, the better your end result! Exfoliating is key, it removes dead skin cells and left over tan, as well as created an even skin surface – which will result in a more uniform colour AND an even fade in the tans colour.

    The magazines are always asking me for tips and tricks to stop tan from going odd on the hands, and my best tip is to moisturise your hands just before tanning. The Tan Enhancing Moisturiser acts as a gentle barrier to the tan, allowing it to be absorbed into the hands without clinging and going too dark. Hands are always the giveaway!

    Use the moisturiser on your hands, elbows, knees and feet to stop the tan from clinging and going darker in these areas.

    During the tans lifecycle, use the Tan Enhancing Moisturiser – it was been specifically designed to work with skin that has been self tanned! Use every day to keep your tan soft and hydrated – this will result in you tan fading evenly and will keep it golden for longer.

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    The biggest sporting event of the year is well underway but it’s not just the footballers that have captured the imagination of the nation. Inspired by Brazilian beach babes Gisele Bunchen and Adriana Lima, Brits have inundated St.Tropez salons nationwide with tanning and bum contouring requests to replicate dream beach bodies and the famous Brazilian booty.

    We've seen a huge spike in bookings for contour tans in St.Tropez Salons, to book yours today visit our Salon Locator for details of your nearest St.Tropez Salon.

    Contour at home

    St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert Jules Heptonstall explains how to master the Brazilian booty:

    Contouring with self tan is becoming an increasingly popular way of subtly but effectively highlighting and defining parts of the body to give a more toned appearance. First it was boys wanting their abs contoured and now the girls are wising up and chiselling their bodies with contouring techniques.

    Base colour

    Contouring is all about adding another dimension to skin so it is important to have an all over base tan before contouring. Try St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil  as it will leave skin tanned, golden and hydrated - the perfect base for contouring.

    Bum contouring

    To create a more pert and shaped derriere, use a pea sized about of St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion  and apply using a foundation or dual fibre brush, following along the natural curve of the cheek to create a shaded effect. Blend by gently buffing using a buffing mitt.

    Cleveage contouring

    For those ladies lacking in the chest department, you can also boost your cleavage by using the brush to lightly sweep some lotion in between the bust towards armpits and again, gently buffing towards the edges to blend. Work with the natural curves of the bust, contouring is all about working with what you naturally have to create the most realistic effect possible.

    Ab contouring

    Define abs by shading in the natural indents along the stomach, using a tanning mitt to add contours to the outsides of the abdominal muscles. Push your middle finger forwards inside the mitt to give more precision and control when shading.

    Leg contouring

    You can also slim thighs by adding an extra layer of tan inbetween legs to give a more streamlined effect. Stand in front of the mirror on tip toes to see where the muscles naturally indent on calves and thighs and follow the lines using either a dual fibre brush or a tanning mitt.
    If you don’t have time to create a permanent contour then St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion in Light/Medium  is perfect for adding subtle definition before a night out.

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    St.Tropez Festival kit

    - Face wipes - an absolute must.- Carex Hand Sanitiser- St.Tropez Instant Tan - perfect to add a light u contour on top of your spray tan.
    - Violet Skin Illuminator - one of my favourite festival pieces. I like to apply this as the sun is setting to take my beauty look from day to night - it looks great on the skin during a good rave!
    - Mini toothpaste and brush - because someone will undoubtedly forget.
    - Shu Umera UV SPF30 Primer - this foam like primer is great for stopping make up from slipping but also gives the face SPF protection.
    - Paracetamol - always needed post rave.
    - La Roche Posey SPF50 for face- apply as a moisturiser during festival days, great to apply before a primer to give protection when skin is out in the sun all day.
    - Urban Decay glitter pots - little bit of glue and this glitter and your instantly transformed to a festival being.
    - Ear plugs - no chance do I want to listen to my neighbours partying until the sun rises!
    - Bare Minerals SPF Matte Powder Foundation - gives lightweight coverage and minimises shine without that cakey build up.
    - Nivea SPF 30 Body - a no brainer and should be carried and reapplied throughout the day.
    - Estée Lauder Daywear SPF 15 Tinted Moisturiser - gives a light coverage and hydration to skin with a small amount of SPF. A good first layer or great to apply if you're in a rush!
    - Mini Deodrant - dancing + tents = sweat.
    - Claire's Accessories Glitter Spray - my colleague Michaella found this to use during our work on Strictly. It's glitter particles are so big that it gives such wonderful shimmer - great if you're going to fancy dress festivals! I love this product!
    - MAC Pressed Blotting Powder - dab on t-zone to reduce shine throughout the day.
    - Face Paint - I love to draw a little star or heart or cross by my eyes at a festival to give my face a whimsical feel. Also good for writing phone numbers with!

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  • How to Tan


    Man Tan

    The number of men tanning is increasing and the MAN TAN is quickly becoming one of St.Tropez’s fastest growing treatments. Celebrity fan’s of the MAN TAN include designer Henry Holland, comedian and presenter Keith Lemon and actor Hugh Jackman is even rumoured to like a glow.
    St.Stropez’s very own resident tanning expert; Jules Heptonstall has shared his top tips on achieving a safe all over healthy glow this summer.


    To maximise the MAN TAN preparation is key. Before tanning St.Tropez Body Polish (£10) should be used to remove any dead skin cells creating an even surface, paying special attention to the driest areas including hands, elbows, knees and the backs of your ankles.


    Men don’t need to be body hair free to get the perfect tan, St.Tropez Bronzing Mousse (£30.64) will help to work through the hair leaving an all over even tan. With a mousse based product, use three-pumps-per-limb on the first coat and apply with an applicator mitt (£3.57). The air-infused, lightweight, formula glides onto your skin and through the body hair effortlessly and the mitt ensures even coverage and a streak free finish.

    St.Tropez Self Tan Lotion (£30.64) formula requires gloves to apply but can also be massaged into the skin giving a great long lasting colour. An applicator mitt (£3.57) is the 'must have' tool for tanning as it prevents tell tale signs such as golden palms.


    For those wanting a quick fix or nervous about tanning St.Tropez Instant range is ideal. Using St.Tropez Instant Lotion (£10) is a good method of practicing your tan before using the Self Tan Mousse.


    For those worried about tanning at home can leave it to the professionals. A professional tan will usually take between 20-30 minutes and a great fix in your lunch hour or straight after the gym.


    After you have applied the self tan, ideally leave it to develop for 8-12 hours. During this time don't shower or do any activity which might cause you to sweat as this can dissolve the colour, breaking down the tan. Use an aloe vera based moisturiser like St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser (£10) to avoid a patchy, scaling effect as the tan wears.

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  • The Diamond Tan

    Diamond Tan

    Diamond Tan's are becoming increasingly popular among A-list brides, wanting the most luxurious in tanning treatments for their big day. Our Tanning Expert, Jules Heptonstall tells us about the specialist VIP treatment:

    The Diamond Tan is without a doubt THE most luxurious tan possible – when performed I quite literally am spraying my clients with diamond dust! We created the tan for a season at Selfridges (London) and now reserve the treatment for VIPs only, it is often requested by VIP brides for their wedding. After the St.Tropez classic spray tan has developed and the skin is gorgeous and golden, I use St. Tropez Diamond Dust and lightly spray and buff onto the shoulders, the arms, the chest and the back to give an all over luminosity and glisten – it’s pure luxe.



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  • Red Carpet Report: Tanya Burr at the BAFTAs

    WHO I Tanya Burr
    SKIN BY I Jules Heptonstall, St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert
    LOOK I The Summer Sheen
    TIPS/KEY TECHNIQUE I “Tanya was wearing a really beautiful turquoise dress so I wanted her skin to really accentuate the floral print. To create her look I used the new St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse on the morning of the awards which Tanya left on for an hour and a half before showering off. I finished the look with some St.Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator to make sure her skin shimmered under the flashbulbs.”

    Tanya Burr BAFTA Tan

    PRODUCTS I St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, RRP £33
    St.Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, RRP £12.26
    St.Tropez Applicator Mitt, RRP £3.57
    DRESS I Matthew Williamson
    STOCKISTS I Available from
    St-tropez.com, Boots and Boots.com

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  • Red Carpet Report: Millie Mackintosh at the BAFTAs

    WHO I Millie Mackintosh
    SKIN BY I Jules Heptonstall, St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert.
    LOOK I The Glamazonian
    TIPS/KEY TECHNIQUE I “Millie’s futuristic, metallic dress needed really polished looking skin to complete the high shine look. I used St.Tropez Instant Tan to shade and contour her arms, applying with a foundation brush for an airbrushed finish. I then buffed her skin with a dual fibre brush and highlighted her shoulders using St.Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator for a high fashion finish.”

    Millie Mackintosh BAFTA Tan

    PRODUCTS I St.Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion in Light/Medium, RRP £10, St.Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, RRP £12.26, St.Tropez Applicator Mitt, RRP £3.57
    STOCKISTS I Available from
    St-tropez.com, Boots and Boots.com

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  • Red Carpet Report: BAFTA's 2014

    WHO I Laura Whitmore
    SKIN BY I Jules Heptonstall, St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert
    LOOK I Grecian Goddess
    TIPS/KEY TECHNIQUE I “Laura is naturally very pale so she loves self tan and was keen not to look washed out in her gorgeous cream number. To create her look I sprayed her with St.Tropez’s new Express mist which she left on for two hours to develop to a medium golden glow. I finished her look by contouring using St.Tropez Instant Tan, focusing on her exposed back to give added definition.Recreate at home using the new St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse and applicator mitt.

    Laura Whitmore BAFTA Tan

    PRODUCTS I St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, RRP £33
    St.Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion in Medium/Dark, RRP £10
    St.Tropez Applicator Mitt, RRP £3.57
    DRESS I Charlie Brear
    STOCKISTS I Available from
    St-tropez.com, Boots and Boots.com

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  • Countdown to the BAFTAs

    BAFTA show us behind the scenes in the lead up to the Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards. Read more

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