Living in Dubai, most people find it strange that I get spray tans. But I get bored lying out in the sun too long, especially now the weather is hotting up, and we all know the dangers of too much sun exposure so for me, they’re a blessing. Until now, though, there hasn’t been much variation in the products available, but that’s all changed thanks to Pastels’ new Fake Bake service - the tan of choice for the likes of Salma Hayek and Olivia Culpo. The process is quick and similar to any fake tan application – you strip down and stand in the booth while expert Evie moisturises key areas before applying the all-over tan. It’s bespoke, so you can choose the depth of colour and she can just add another layer should you want to go darker. With the aid of a few fans it didn’t take long to dry, and I was dressed and out of there within about thirty minutes. Speedy! Remember to wear dark, loose clothes though, just to be on the safe side.
Results: If you’re after a more sun kissed, natural glow and don’t want to leave looking like an Oompa Loompa, this tan is perfect shade of bronze. I had a lot of comments asking if I’d spent the day at the beach, and most we’re surprised when I admitted the colour came out of a bottle. As it’s not overly orange, the colour should fade nicely too rather than leave those unsightly marks on hands and feet. I’ll be back!
Where: Pastels Salon, 04 388 3534, pastels-salon.com