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Beauty Suite: Skin Finishing Treatments (AKA Spray Tans) by St. Tropez

Posted Apr 02 2012 3:04pm

Contributing Editor Gloria Yang writes:

As part of the pre-Academy Awards beauty ritual, St. Tropez invited a bunch of celebrities and editors/bloggers over to their suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for a “Skin Finishing Treatment” with Sophie, their New York based “Skin Finishing Expert.” Since Nadine was busy, I went as a last minute replacement (Thanks Nadine!).

St. Tropez, if you’re not familiar, is one of the most popular self-tanning lines among celebrities and beauty editors. They’re beloved because of their deep but natural-looking color, and at the Four Seasons suite, there were five levels of tan to choose from:

The Pastel Tan – For lovely pale-skinned gals like Emma Stone and Rooney Mara, the Pastel Tan just evens out the skin tone with a spritz of St Tropez Self Tan Mist while key areas are highlighted with Illuminators in Violet and Rose.

Rooney Mara at the Academy Awards

Rooney Mara at the Academy Awards

The Luxe Tan – Think Gwyneth Paltrow.  Skin is evened out with Self Tan Mist and custom-finished with an Illuminator in Rose, Gold or Violet.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 84th Academy Awards

The Vintage Tan – This tan mimics that perfect beachy tan, a la Jennifer Aniston. This tan is achieved by massaging the Gradual Tan Lotion into the skin so the tan develops over time for a soft dewy glow. Finish the tan with the Rose Illuminator or Bronzing Rocks.

Jennifer Aniston at the ELLE Women in Hollywood event

Jennifer Aniston at the ELLE Women in Hollywood event

The One-Night-Only Tan – Perfect when you only need a tan for a night, this color can be removed instantly with soap and water. It’s also super quick drying so it doesn’t transfer onto your clothes.

Heather Morris at the 2011 Golden Globes

The Contemporary Tan – A bespoke tan, customized for each individual. This is what I got in order to even out my entire body.

See, while my arms and face have a bit of natural color, the rest of my body has an alien glow-in-the-dark quality.  (It’s so pale that Sophie thought I might have vitamin D deficiency!) The Contemporary Tan evened out my entire body, creating a gorgeous glow that made my limbs look more slender and toned. One tiny hiccup: Sophie might have over sprayed my face because 4 hours later, I looked like Snooki. Introducing Glooki!

The tan lasted about 3 days on my face and 5 days on my body. Touching up with St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse was super easy, too. That telltale DHA scent–you know what I’m talking about; that sour milk smell so common to self-tanners–is absent in all St. Tropez products, plus everything dries in a flash! One caveat: the spray tan does rub off ever so slightly on your sheets and towels, but it comes off in the washing machine.

I used to be perfectly content with my pastiness – after all I’ve lived with blindingly white legs my entire life. After getting a spray tan, I’m not so sure anymore. Even though a spray tan–er “Skin Finishing Treatment”–from St. Tropez may be out of my budget and not that convenient for my schedule, the Bronzing Mousse is a great at-home alternative.

Visit the St. Tropez website at to learn more!

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