First Time Faker | Vani-T Bronzing Custard Q&A With a Pro

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Getting a winter glow is something we all want to do. When the sunshine is a distant memory on this freezing island, and your next holiday is light years away, there’s no choice but to get your rays in a bottle.

As much as I love the thought of bronzed skin though, I must confess to being a fake tan virgin. I’m too terrified of making a mistake and having the streaky, orange proof there for all to see. Sometimes I’ll look at my pasty legs and resolve to do something about them, only to lose my nerve when faced with shelves full of different options of tanning product.

It’s the one area of beauty I don’t feel I know the slightest thing about.  Luckily for me, I have a friend who’s an expert – Kerry from Wilde About Tan. I asked her to give me her  pro advice that would take away my fear of the fake stuff.

She recommended I start by using the Vani-T Bronzing Custard. This is an Australian-made, vegan gradual tanner that gave my limbs a beautiful, believable bronze – no hint of a tango-tan in sight! And I love the pretty, Instagram-friendly ‘Millennial Pink’ packaging too.

Here are Kerry’s expert tips for first timers looking to fake it:

What’s the best way to guarantee a streak-free finish?

It's all about the prep and application. Wilde About Tan girls will always provide guidance on what not to do and the musts in the hours leading up to your tan, whether it's a spray tan or one of our self-tan products by Vani-T. Essentially, you want to make sure that your skin is in tip-top condition, so exfoliate and moisturise but NOT at least 12 hours before you are bringing on the bronze. Moisturiser/body lotion creates a barrier and that's a sure fire way to get streaky. Use an application mitt if using self-tan. Not only does it feel lush, it helps to distribute the product evenly.

Will my skin look orange?

Not with our products from Vani-T. The spray tan solution that we use has either violet or chocolate undertones and creates a gorgeous natural colour. It's vegan too and full of the good stuff to treat your skin. First timers need not worry. No orange here!

What is the difference between full on fake tan and a body lotion with tanning agents in?

A Wilde About Tan spray tan will provide flawless all over even colour in as little as an hour so it's great for those that want colour pronto and don't have much time to pamper. It's a mobile service so the benefit is that you don't need to leave the house and we will ensure that you look and feel amazing as your Spray Tan Professional. The Rapid Tanning Mousse also provides this result and is what I use If you want to do it yourself or top up in between sprays - lurve it! I haven't mastered spraying myself just yet! Watch out walls, my cat, Casper and anything else near by! 

Our gradual tan is called Custard (fab name) and super easy to apply. It builds up colour over time so after around 3 applications, you will see a natural glow. This is great to top up your tan in between sprays too or when you're away on holiday as it leaves your skin super soft too. Also a brilliant product to start with if you haven't used self-tan products before and want to give it a go. You won’t get as deep of a tan with this but still gorgeous none the less.

How often should I apply gradual tan?

It's totally up to you and how quickly you want to see the result. I like to use the Custard gradual tan at night time including my face. I will then follow my normal skincare routine in the morning. If you want to own that glow quicker, use in the morning too or think about a spray tan or the Rapid Tanning Mousse.

How long do the results last?

If you look after your spray tan, you can expect to enjoy it for up to 2 weeks. It will fade during this time but I have a few tips to help keep it going for as long as possible.

Why should I always use a tanning mitt?

The application mitt has a number of benefits and saves the hands from looking like they've been dipped in mud! The soft velvety texture helps to distribute the tanning product evenly making the process so much easier. It's washable and reusable too so probably the best money you will ever spend.

One of the best things about being a Spray Tan Professional with Wilde About Tan is helping ladies and men feel confident with a service that's convenient and affordable. There’s nothing better than receiving feedback that I’ve made somebody feel great and that I’ve made a difference. The products and the Wilde way is why we are so popular - we care. I’ve had many spray tans and used a lot of tanning products in the past so I know how hard it is to get it right.  It must be good as I was so impressed with my first WAT spray tan that I joined the business!  

Doesn’t that speak volumes! Vani-T Custard is very easy to work with and following Kerry’s tips even a newbie like me was able to get a smooth finish and look a bit healthier in the depths of winter. If you still don’t feel confident, you can book in with Kerry for a professional spray tan at

She’s a truly lovely person and would definitely make you feel at ease as well as giving you that coveted glow!

Vani-T self tan products are available to shop here with lots of reviews and photos on the Facebook page- search ‘ Wilde About Tan - Derby.’

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