The key to success lies in thorough exfoliation, ideally the day before to avoid skin irritation. Pay attention to elbows, knees and heels, as they will absorb more product. Make sure skin is hydrated with a light, oil-free lotion - oil will cause streaking.

A mitt will give the most even coverage. Use 1 tsp of product at a time, starting at your feet and using long, upward, even sweeps. Avoid over-rubbing as this will also cause streaking. For hands and feet, blend the product with a small sponge and don't forget giveaway areas like knuckle creases. For best results use a product only one or two shades darker than your natural tone and build the colour over two to four applications.

1. Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel, $24.50
2. St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $60
3. This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, $80 from Mecca Cosmetica

Top tip: to remove any streaks or overly pigmented colour apply lemon juice and rub gently with a baby wipe.


Canvas loves

Triumph & Disaster Ponsonby Pomade, $45

Look smart with this water-based, nutrient-rich pomade, which gives hair a high shine. We especially like that it contains Dragon's Blood. Yes, really.

Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne, 100ml $228

Perfect for the summer party season, this deliciously bright citrus fragrance has notes of sweet and bitter orange over a base of sandalwood and amber.

You beauty

Fez Fa'anana, ringmaster and choreographer of Briefs boylesque show

My essential tool for putting on my war paint for the stage is my Simple Human makeup mirror. It features a 7x magnification and a circular LED sensor light. Every detail of your face is up for interrogation.