Getting A Natural Looking Fake Tan in Qatar

Celeb tanner James Harknett gives Ahlan! Qatar editor Dawn Gibson a new sun-kissed look at Bliss Spa
ByDawn GibsonFriday , 14 February 2014
After the spray tan
After the spray tan
Before the spray tan
Before the spray tan

With some of the hottest summers on the planet, you wouldn’t think that we need fake tan services in Qatar. But you’d be wrong – the spray tan is so much better for you than subjecting yourself to the cancer-causing rays of the hot desert sun.

That said, I’ve been fairly happy to never experience a fake tan in my life – until now. I decided to take the plunge as Bliss Spa at the W Doha were bringing London-based tanning expert James Harknett to Qatar to train their staff. He’s worked with Take That, One Direction and the models at London Fashion Week, so I figured, if I’m going to go under the spray tan gun, why not go with one of the best?

James asked me about the tan I wanted before I had the service and we settled on a subtle look – I didn’t want to go too Tango and get mistaken for Donatella Versace.

I headed into James’ special booth, where I was asked to do a series of poses like a Greek statue for about 15 minutes as the tan expert went to work with his spray gun. The tan brand James uses, Sienna X, has several different strengths, so he can match the blend to the clients’ skin tone. It felt like being gently covered in cool air, even though I felt a bit silly posing. Then, a quick dry off with another gizmo, and, voilà, no longer so pale!

James said the layering method he uses – which he has taught to the Bliss staff – allows him to contour the tan as he goes using his airbrush spray gun, resulting in an all-over glow which can be made darker by adding more layers.

While I did have visions of waking up the next day an orange glow girl, I’m happy to report that it looked so natural I could have pretended I’d just come back from a week in Italy.

And while you sadly can’t book James in Qatar, as he’s flown back to London to spray-tan more boy bands, you can book in for the same treatment with a Bliss beauty therapist.

Click on the arrows at the top of this article to see the before and after pics!

INFO: QR300 for a full body tan, Bliss Spa, W Doha, 4453 5555, www.whoteldoha.com/en/bliss-spa-doha