- Item Type: Lotion
- Capacity: 50 ml / 1.69 oz
- Use: Body
- Feature: Self Tanning
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21 Genius Self-Tanner Hacks That Will Make Your Fake Tan Look Real
No more orange hands.
by BROOKE SHUNATONA
Tanning under the sun or inside a bed is bad for your skin and your health (no surprise there). But, you can get a gorgeous glow the safe way — that is, with a spray tan or self-tanning product. Since a perfect self-tanning outcome isn’t always guaranteed, here are 21 tips for making your faux glow look authentically sun-kissed.
1. For an even tan, exfoliate your body from head to toe before applying any self-tanner. To prevent your tan from looking splotchy and fading unevenly, use an oil-free exfoliator (oil creates a barrier between your skin and the tanner and will leave it streaky) before getting started. Kristyn Pradas, the tanning expert, who spray-tans Angels for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, recommends exfoliating skin and shaving with a new razor the day before or the day of to further exfoliate your skin.
2. After showering and exfoliating, apply an oil- and fragrance-free lotion to your hands from your wrist to your fingertips, on the backs of your heels, and on your elbows and knees. These areas tend to be dry and will absorb more pigment than other areas of your body, causing unevenness. If you have large pores or dry skin, you should also apply a moisturizer on your face 20 minutes before applying your self-tanner, Kristyn says.
3. Stick tape to the bottoms of your feet when using a spray self-tanner to cover your skin in case you step in fallen residue. One clear sign of a fake tan: orange spots on the soles of your feet. Painter’s tape or gaffer tape is thick yet not too difficult to remove when you’re finished.
4. Always apply tanner in a cool, dry area to keep yourself from perspiring. It’s important to exfoliate and rinse off before you tan to remove any dead skin cells (which cause unevenness), dirt, oil, and anything else that might create a barrier between your skin and the product. However, you’ll want to leave the steamy bathroom before the application process. Here’s why: Humidity, water, and sweat can break down the self-tanner, creating a streaky mess, so move cool, dry place instead.
5. If self-tanner intimidates you, try body makeup that washes off. Body makeup and bronzers are great for evening out the skin on your legs and arms, while giving you an instant glow. They can also replace self-tanner if you need a quick glow for a night out. At the end of the day, rinse the bronzing formulas off with soap and water and you’re back to your makeup-free skin.
6. To successfully apply tanner in your knuckle creases, bend your fingers so your hand looks like a claw. Think about it: You don’t walk around with your fingers straight all day long, so make sure you’re covering all the nooks on your body that might show when you move around.
7. Skip over your elbows and ankles when applying tanner to your arms and legs. Because the skin on these areas will soak up more of the product, skip them during the first pass. Then, go back and brush over them lightly with remnants of the tanner left on the mitt, blending the tanner well to prevent the color from looking too concentrated.
8. Contour your cheekbones with a small sponge brush and a self-tanner that’s made specifically for your face. Applying tanner to your face can be a little intimidating because, well, it’s your face. But if you keep the product concentrated right below your cheekbones, under your jawline, and on the sides of your forehand — and then a thin layer over the rest of your face — you’ll create a subtly contoured effect that won’t look like you just slapped a bunch of tanner on. Learn exactly how to do it here.
9. Instantly tone your body by contouring from head to toe. If you’re someone who loves a good contour, concentrate the tanner in certain areas on your abs, butt, legs, and arms for a naturally contoured effect.
11. Make it easier to cover hard-to-reach areas, like your back, by assembling your own “mitt stick.” Gather your tanning mitt, a hair tie, and a back brush. Then, slip the mitt on top of the brush head and wrap the hair tie around the handle to keep the mitt from sliding off. Apply the tanner to your mitt and swipe it across the harder-to-reach areas.
12. Distribute the self-tanner on your mitt evenly by applying it to the center of your mitt before folding it in half. This helps you apply less product to your face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet using the tip of the mitt. You also won’t end up overdoing it and applying the same amount to your face that you would, say, your thigh.
13. Use a sponge brush to blend the tanner on your hands. After applying the tanner, lightly blend out the product with a sponge brush (like the kind you get at the craft or hardware store). This evens out dark spots and prevents any streaks from appearing after the tan develops. Kristyn also suggests doing this in between your fingers, toes, and on your knees, which tend to crease and often need blending.
14. Scrub the palms of your hands with an exfoliator after you’ve finished applying your self-tanner. Scoop a small amount of a scrub onto the middle of your palms and gently rub your hands together. Even if you use a mitt to apply your tanner (Kristyn says a mitt is the best way to ensure your tan is streak-free and your palms remain colorless), it’s easy to make mistakes when the product is still wet. The grittiness of the exfoliator will help remove any leftover tanner that may have gotten on your skin in the process. Whatever you do, don’t submerge your hands in water. Instead, follow the next step to get the remaining grit off your hands.
15. After you exfoliate the underside of your hands, rub your palms with a makeup wipe to remove the exfoliator. The last thing you want to do while allowing your self-tanner to dry and develop is get your skin wet. Instead, use a makeup wipe to clean your palms a bit. Kristyn also suggests using a facial toner, such as Sea Breeze, that contains alcohol to help remove any tanner from your palms.
16. Use a cotton swab or makeup wipe to remove the tanner on your nails and cuticles. After you’ve applied the self-tanner carefully and evenly all over your hands, go back and remove the product from your nails and cuticles. One by one, gently rub each fingernail and toenail with a wipe or cotton swab until the product is gone to prevent stains
17. Instead of waiting for your tanner to dry when you’re in a hurry, lightly blast your skin with the cool setting of your blow-dryer to speed up the process. This is so much easier than standing in your bathroom naked and literally waiting for paint your tanner to dry.
18. Lightly pat areas such as your armpits, elbows, and knees with a talc-free baby powder to prevent the product in those areas from creasing. After your self-tanner is dry and before you put your clothes back on, Kristyn suggests dusting powder over areas prone to creasing or sweating while the product develops.
19. Line your bed with a dark flat sheet, so you don’t have to change the bedding every time you tan. If you self-tan often and your tanner of choice has a guide color, you’re familiar with the annoying stains the tanner leaves behind. Although self-tanner residue will come out in the wash, changing the sheets every time you tan is a pain. Instead, try a bed protector or line your bed with a cheap dark sheet to sleep on for easy clean up.
20. Use baby body wash and oil-free lotion to maintain your tan. Oil-based products will make your fake tan fade faster, so skip all products with oil while trying to preserve your tan. Also, stay away from exfoliators and opt for gentle cleansers to allow your tan to fade evenly and naturally.
21. If your tan still fades unevenly, use a self-tanner remover to speed up the shedding process. No matter how thorough your application is, sometimes the tanner can still leave behind stubborn buildup. So, before reapplying a new layer of tanner, remove all the old tan with one of the erasers below.