We all love the way it feels to get that natural-looking fake tan. You know, that smooth and bronzed skin that has hints of gold and bronze, not the orangey shade you can get in a bottle. And when you look like you’ve just been on holiday, your confidence levels go through the roof.
But how do you get the perfect fake tan? And what are some of the best products to use for a golden glow? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! We’ll teach you everything from how to prep your skin for achieving an even colour to finding products with subtle tones, so you don’t have to worry about looking like an OompaLoompa. And before long, you’ll be able to rock it like a pro!
Picking the right colour and tone for your skin type
Fake tans come in a wide range of colours and tones, so it’s important to choose one that will look natural on your skin.
If you have fair skin with cool undertones, try picking a tan that has more pink or lavender. You can also go for something with brown tones if you want an ashy colour. And if you have darker skin, you can pick anything from a light golden tone to a deep bronze.
But what about the texture? Some lotions and sprays can provide a subtle and natural-looking glow, but some options leave the skin feeling more moisturized and nourished.
When picking out your product, think about how dry your skin is and whether it needs extra moisturizing capabilities. If it does, don’t be afraid to choose a product with oils or extracts such as shea butter or coconut oil. Just make sure you know which type of fake tan you’re looking for before choosing!
Preparing your skin
First, if you want to get a natural-looking tan, you need to prep your skin. By taking care of your skin before you apply the fake tan, you’ll ensure that your new glow looks as good on the inside as it does on the out! You can follow these steps before getting started:
-Exfoliate: When you exfoliate your skin, it eliminates any dead cells and impurities that may clog pores and prevent the tan from developing evenly. This will also leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
-Wash off all makeup: Make sure to wash off any makeup or lotions so they don’t interfere with the natural colour of the fake tan.
-Wear loose clothing: Loose clothing will help protect your clothes from staining. This is especially important if you’re planning on wearing white after applying your fake tan!
Finding the perfect product for your skin type
The best thing about fake tanning is that you can find a product tailored for your skin type. There are products designed for dry, oily, and sensitive skin.
Different products will also give different levels of coverage and colour intensity. For example, if you want a light shade of tan, choose a product with lighter colours like the Vita Liberata Gradual Tan Tinted Self-Tanning Body Lotion or the Jovees Natural Glow Facial Sunscreen SPF 50 PA++++ (which has a subtle tint to it).
However, if you’re looking for more pigment—something like an instant tan—you’ll need to look for a product with darker colours like the Three warriors tan or the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Medium To Dark Gradual Self Tan Mousse.
You are maintaining your fake tan.
How often should you get a fake tan? It depends on the type of product you use. You know, there’s a difference between a tanning lotion and a spray tan.
Fake tanning lotions should be applied every 3-5 days. And as for spray tans, they should last 2-4 weeks with normal wear and tear.
Suppose you’re thinking about going to the beach or vacationing. In that case, you might want to consider getting a professional spray tan beforehand and giving yourself enough time before your trip will allow the colour to develop on your skin fully and not rub off on your clothes or surroundings when you arrive on the other side.
Regardless of what type of fake tanner you use, make sure to follow these four essential tips for maintaining your faux glow:
1) Always exfoliate before applying any fake tanner
2) Use a body moisturizer afterward
3) Wear long sleeves and pants if possible
4) Give yourself an hour before showering
How to fix mistakes.
You know the feeling. You’ve just done your fake tan, and it looks great until you notice little patches on your hands. Or maybe you missed a spot on your elbow.
The good news? It’s not too late to fix it! Sometimes all you need is a little bit of bronzing powder to eliminate those mistakes.
And if that doesn’t work, there are other ways to cover up that mishap. We’ll teach you how to use makeup or even draw on some faux tan lines with eyeliner—because sometimes the only thing worse than looking pale is looking dirty!
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