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Tan France on the secret to looking younger

As the style and grooming master of the Queer Eye cast, Tan France knows his way around a bathroom cabinet

Netflix smash hit and Emmy award-winning Queer Eye is now entering its fifth series, which means you'll soon be seeing the return of food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07: Tan France attends Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 at Madison Square Garden on December 07, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

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With the famous five's sole purpose being to change someone's life, there's no one better to ask than resident style advisor France about how you can really give your summer look a makeover. So we did exactly that...

GQ: What do you usually wear in the summer months? What are your go-to garments?

Tan France: In the US it's ridiculously hot and often humid, so I often like to wear as little as possible. I'll wear short shorts – the shortest I can possibly find – and then I’d go with a really simple shirt, a button-up shirt. This will be as sheer as possible. I used to always wear sandals, although that's changing a little and I now favour trainers. To top it off I wear a load of jewellery. I’m obsessed with jewellery and I don’t like silver. I only like gold. David Yurman does simple rings and necklaces and I think Miansai does great bangles and wristwear.

Ring by David Yurman, £400. At farfetch.com

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What would you wear to a summer wedding?

Something light coloured. I would always go with a suit, as they are a bit more appropriate for a wedding. Even though some weddings are casual I’d still always wear a suit. I wouldn't necessarily wear a tie to a wedding, as I want to feel more me. My summer suit is always linen or linen blend. I always go with a cropped trouser and I would go with some kind of woven leather shoe. If it’s a super-casual wedding I would actually wear a T-shirt underneath my suit.

How would you avoid sweating in the summer heat?

People don’t talk about this enough! So I’m filming series five right now and I want to talk about it on there. You know at the end of the episode we have something called the "Hip Tip" and I've been pushing to have sweating as my Hip Tip for four series now and they are finally going to let me do it this year. My tip is sweat pads for men. They're these things that you put in the arm hole of your shirt or T-shirt: it's basically like a sanitary pad for your armpits. They soak up sweat! Also, another tip, I stay away from antiperspirants. I love deodorant but I will not use antiperspirant as they can cause real skin issues under your arm. So I would avoid them at all costs.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum by Drunk Elephant, £44. At cultbeauty.co.uk

What's your grooming regime like?

I wash my face twice daily and I do not tone, but I use serum and then a moisturiser. I am a person of colour, so my skin is drier than caucasian skin. I use a heavier moisturiser and I do that every day, morning and night. I will do a face mask once a week. I make my own face mask. I’ve been doing it for 12 years and it’s the reason my skin is this good! I am 36 and my skin looks much younger than that because of the face mask.

What products do you love?

Tata Harper face wash is amazing. Drunk Elephant products are great and I use its Baby Facial every couple of weeks. Then there's a brand called Beauty Bio: its moisturiser and eye creams are the best on the market.

The Quench Quadralipid Skin Recovery Cream by Beauty Bio, £125. At cultbeauty.co.uk

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You travel a lot. Any tips on how to keep your skin looking great?

I’m on a flight at least twice a week. As soon as I get on the plane I wipe off everything I have on my face, then I will do my skin routine. However, I will put a much thicker layer on, so by the time I land my skin is still moisturised. I also will put those little eye patches under my eyes. They make you look so much more alive.

Do you have specific tips for anyone that’s travelling this summer?

Don’t worry about buying a new summer wardrobe as it’s a complete waste of money. Use the clothes you’ve got in your closet. If you’re happy with them every other day of the year, then your holiday shouldn’t be much different. I would suggest taking as little as possible and try to carry on as much as possible, I work with a capsule wardrobe, which allows me to break up pieces. I also wear the heaviest thing for the flight. I also travel light with my TransferWise debit card. It takes the stress out of getting foreign currency out and is this season's neon green!

Do you have any tips for transitional dressing across seasons or climates?

Keep it really simple. I’m normally in air conditioning, so it’s cold, but when I’m filming on the street or going from place to place its going to be hot, like 35C. I just make sure I layer and that every layer I am wearing is a great outfit itself, so if I take my jacket off I don’t think I look bad.

Who is your best-dressed costar?

It depends on the day. It depends on the thing that we are doing. Everyone dresses really well. Everyone dresses simply, but we all have our fashion moments.

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