Behind the Scenes with Dimitra, our Skin Finishing Team Competition Winner

Dimitra from A Touch of Glitz and Glam shares her experience after winning a spot on the St.Tropez Skin Finishing Team for MBFWA 2015. Read on to find out more…

My journey ‘in’ St.Tropez…

My obsession began several years ago after an angel delivered me a sweet little parcel containing a bottle of St.Tropez tanning liquid. Eager to put the sought after product to the ultimate test, I pulled out my equipment, found a willing participant and started ‘spraying away’.

It was literally love at first tan.

The room immediately filled with the scent of St.Tropez – a fresh yet distinct perfume that wasn’t too overpowering and did not smell like traditional tan. Once applied, the tan absorbed into the skin, producing a soft bronzed glow that dried almost instantly. My client looked naturally tanned – and as time went on, the colour developed into a fabulous bronzed shade that complemented her natural skin tone perfectly.

She looked flawless.

I was hooked!

I spent the next couple of years tanning all of my clients exclusively with St.Tropez – a product that delivered those perfect tanning results time after time. From brides, to models to actors to mothers – there was a shade to complement even the fairest to darkest skin tones.

As the lead tanning specialist with ‘A Touch of Glitz and Glam’ (a Sydney based mobile beauty company that offers exclusive pamper services for individuals and events) my dedication has always been to provide my clients with THE ULTIMATE TAN and St.Tropez makes this easy. We’re confident that our customers are always receiving a premium service with the best professional tanning product in the industry.

How to win the tanning jackpot

Keeping up to date with trends and industry developments should be a priority for anyone interested in the tanning world. So when the opportunity arose to spend ‘A Night with St.Tropez’ in Sydney amongst industry pros, you can be sure I was in line securing those tickets! It was a fabulous evening filled with an amazing atmosphere, great personalities, live demonstrations and of course competitions including the once in a lifetime opportunity to win a place on the St.Tropez Skin Finishing Team at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2015. The competition for such an invaluable experience was intense but I could only hope that my genuine passion for the St Tropez brand would be noticeable. As it turned out my love of the products was enough for me to win the ultimate prize with the ultimate tan!

Backstage at MBFWA with St.Tropez was as glamorous of an experience as I expected.

Picture a room buzzing with creativity; chaotic yet structured and organised. Photographers line the makeup stations ready to capture the glamour. There are people rushing through with products in hand and makeup brushes covered in powders. There are videographers recording the creative backstage atmosphere while model after model enters the space ready for the pre-runway prep. The air is filled with the sweet aroma of incense, hairspray and of course the scent of St Tropez which brings a sense of calm to the area. Complementing this is the constant chatter of professionals, press interviews and social media posts. There are suitcases and handbags lining the curtain covered walls as the excitement starts to build up.

The Skin Finishing Team has the tanning area set with pop-up tents, St.Tropez banners and of course custom robes for the models to use while their tan is developing. As the first group of models line up for their St.Tropez tans the team preps their skin with moisturiser before beginning to apply the most innovative St.Tropez product yet – an Instant Tan Lotion that sets for 24 hours and won’t streak or transfer onto clothing. One after another, the models are transformed and given that St.Tropez tanned glow.

With strict schedules to follow and a detailed look to be achieved, the entire backstage experience becomes very intense and time critical; until the moment the models emerge on the runway, all polished in designer threads with creative hair and makeup. However the look cannot be completed without the right skin finish – and that’s one of the most important aspects of the overall look.

For both the ‘Bec and Bridge’ and ‘We Are Handsome’ 2015 runway shows, it was all about that bronzed glow; that highlight on the décolletage, that tanned sheen on the skin and that all-over body radiance. It’s all about those skin finishing industry secrets that give the skin contours and highlights – that make the models glow as they walk the runway.

Back to the salon…

Certain experiences teach us invaluable lessons and leave us with lasting memories. My time on the Skin Finishing Team for 2015 has been such a thoroughly exciting, rewarding and glamorous experience. I’ve have had the opportunity to meet and work beside like-minded individuals who in this case are as passionate about tanning as I am. I highly credit the enthusiasm, professionalism and overall talent of each and every person who was a part of the St.Tropez team and I thank everyone for having made my time so enjoyable. Not only have I gained invaluable knowledge from the whole experience but I am honoured to say I have been able to work with such stars! I genuinely look forward to continuing to love St.Tropez tans and to providing my clients with that highly sought after ‘glow’ for many, many years to come.

So I leave the experience with an even greater obsession for the brand than I began with. However it’s not only because I value the products so highly but because I’ve had the opportunity to see the team behind the brand here in Australia and have witnessed how dedicated, sweet and passionate they are – which makes supporting the ultimate tan, ultimately that much more rewarding.