I rarely step out of the house without at least a bit of makeup on. However, when a recent bout of the flu kicked my butt, all I had the energy to do was throw my hair back into a bun—other cosmetics were out of the question. In search of something to make the transition to a bare face a little more seamless, I generously slapped on James Read’s overnight bronzing mask before I went to bed and hoped for the best.
When I woke up, I mentally prepared myself to respond to the "wow, you look tired" remarks that I typically receive when I go makeup-free. Instead, thanks to the mask, people complimented my healthy complexion—and someone even mistook my faux glow for a real just-got-back-from-the-beach tan. Suddenly, being sick on a Monday didn’t seem so bad after all.
This face mask, which recently became available again stateside, is Read’s go-to product for making stylish stars like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lara Stone and Rita Ora look naturally sun-kissed. The lightweight consistency is more like a gel moisturizer and it absorbs super-quickly as it hydrates your skin. My favorite part is that there isn’t a telltale self-tanner smell like other liquid bronzers leave behind—plus, the clear formula prevents streakiness and won’t stain my pillow. And the added color isn’t dramatic, so the rest of your body won’t be an entirely lighter hue—but it’s enough to make all the difference.
Apply this overnight treatment tonight, then let the Instagram likes start rolling in the second you share that #IWokeUpLikeThis selfie.
James Read Sleep Mask Tan, $43, Net-a-Porter.com