Summer glow is a firm favourite
By JENI FAULKNER
CHESTNUT, palomino gold and bay will be popular shades for this year's Carlton Draught Gold Cup Carnival on Thursday, and I'm not referring to the fillies in the stalls, either.
Fake tanning is this year's 'must-have' fashion accessory with bronzed beauties set to be parading their backless numbers in a bid to show off their ever-so-perfect air-brushed look.
But, aside from what will be on offer in the visible fashions, the other element dominating beautician stores of late has been the preen and pluck we don't see.
According to Nicola Taylor of Ella Bache, Brazilians are essential this year with some 20 Coffs Coast women already taking it off for Cup Day.
"Ten years ago a Brazilian was something that just wasn't talked of, but now it's all the rage with a lot of married women even doing it," Ms Taylor said.
This week Ms Taylor has been inundated with women wanting all-over tans and French polishes and tomorrow she will give up to 20 girls a SunFX tan.
Down at the Jetty, Tracy Ellis from Sans Soleil, said women saw UV-free tanning as the safer option to beach tanning because it took just minutes and doesn't cause skin cancer.
All this week her business has been booked up with late appointments, and because she offers a fully automated approached with the Magic Tan is non-invasive.
"Celebrities are going for the fake tan look and this is what has built up its profile," Ms Ellis said.
"The sun is so damaging and when people have fair hair the only safe tan is a fake tan."
Kate and Peter McMahon from Positive Health and Beauty have also been flooded with inquiries for spray tans this month. By tomorrow they're expecting a mad indoor tan rush.
The solarium has also been popular at the beauticians but as time runs out women are moving for the faster tan option.
According to the 2001 Edition of the Looking Fit Fact Book, indoor tanning is a multi-billion dollar industry, with more than 25 million customers each year.