Every. Single. Time.
For years I have been using a certain beauty product that whenever I use it, I guarantee, without fail, that I will get compliments. Is that beauty product the best mascara? No, it is not. Is it a foundation that works wonders on dry skin? No, I don't wear foundation. Could it be a red lipstick that makes my lips look whiter? Nope. What is this magical product? It's the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops. For me, it is hands down the best fake tan on the market.
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops, £19.95 | Lookfantastic
Isle of Paradise's USP is its rather smart colour-correcting formulas. Peach is their lightest range, which works to brighten dull skin. The green collection - my personal fave - gives a medium tan and tones down redness and evens out skin tone. The violet range neutralises orange, yellow and ashy tones in the skin and gives a deeper colour.
These tanning drops have changed my life. I am not one to tan regularly - I occasionally get the best spray tan in London before weddings and I'll use the best instant tan on my legs when my hemline exposes more than I'm ready for - but I like a face with a wash of colour. All it takes is four drops in my morning moisturiser and I'm good to go. I work it into my face and down my neck and onto my decolletage. Making sure to buff it into my hairline with a fluffy bronzer brush. This is very important, nothing is a bigger giveaway than an obvious hairline.
Throughout the day I get glowier and glowier and glowier. Then the compliments just come rolling in. It tends to be about how healthy I look, which as a naturally pale person - an English rose if you will - I don't typically get very often. It leaves no streaks, it never looks orange and it costs under £20. It is quite literally a win, win situation.
I kind of don't want to share this with you, as it's been my little secret for a while ('oh yes I have been away thanks, popped to the South of France for two nights. It was marvellous.') But here we go. Go and try it and sit back and enjoy the compliments as they fly in.
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Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.
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