I wouldn’t say I’m much of a fake tan user. I think I’ve had one spray tan in my whole life (for my school prom!) and it’s not something that I do regularly as part of my beauty regime. In fact, I basically never fake tan. However a little girl crush recently changed that and I’m a complete convert…
Lara Bingle. I think she’s stunning. I love that’s she athletic (serious workout inspo) and doesn’t wear loads of make-up and is pretty ‘wash-and-go’. So when I read that she launched a new beauty range – The Base by Lara Bingle – I had to investigate…
The Base by Lara Bingle is a range of tanning products, including a fake tan mousse, a glowy oil, a BB cream, an illuminator (which you can contour with) and even lip and cheek stains. I’m a complete beauty junkie and I love to try new products – I’ll buy anything just to try it out. Most of the time products aren’t as great as they make out, but when you find one that really does what it says on the tin it can be life-changing (this spot cream was one of those mega finds).
I went on to The Base by Lara Bingle website and pretty much bought everything on offer (whoops) because the range was so my style – easy to use products that elevate natural beauty. Two lip and cheek stains (one pink, one red), the BB cream (with SPF15), the illuminator, the oil and the fake tan mousse. After a little wait (thanks to shipping issues as the products came from Australia and they were sent by Aussie post – my only real grumble), I finally received my package. The products were neatly packed in a cute box, and despite the fact that I felt the cardboard was maybe a little flimsy, the bottles are super chic – very modern and minimal, and just what you would expect from Bingle.
So I did my first tan using the mousse and I honestly had zero expectations. I didn’t even make much effort with the application. I watched a tutorial on YouTube for how to apply the product, and followed the circular motion directions using the tanning mitt supplied. I didn’t do a scrub before, I just applied a little moisturiser to dry areas like elbows and knees. Really, this could have been a recipe for disaster and I probably should have been more careful and made more effort. However, when I woke and showered I was shocked to discover that despite my half-hearted tanning session the night before my skin looked amazing. Like ah-mazing. The tan is so realistic and such a beautiful golden colour. The only thing I regretted was not putting more on my face because it now paled in comparison. But wow. I couldn’t wait to do my second application (the brand recommends doing it four consecutive times with 24 hour drying time gaps for the very best results).
Does it leave stains on your towel? Of course it does. But they come out in the wash and you can hide that by using a dark towel (I only use white towels). Does it stain your clothes? Nope. It drys in record speed and you’re good to wear whatever you like after a short time. Does it smell like biscuits? No! I was so happy when I started applying it and all I could smell was coconuts. Divine.
From my experience, I suggest you try the mousse on a casual weekend or week night, when you don’t have anything going on. Just so you can get a vibe for it, and if like me you want more on your face, you can do it next time and have more confidence with applying the product. For a special event, I’d say start using this around a week before and apply it every other day – maybe even go the whole hog and do a good scrub before. The longer you leave the product on the better it will develop, so that’s something to consider too.
This is hands down the best at-home fake tan I have ever tried and I’m a complete convert. So much so that when I get married in June I will be doing a course of this myself instead of opting for the usual professional spray tan. Trust me: Buy this and never look back.