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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Things I've Learnt About Self Tanner

how to self tan

Make it the last step

If you need to do your nails, wash your hair, shave your legs then do it all before you apply self tanner. You don’t want to go to all the effort of applying self tanner only to realise you needed to wash your hair and for the whole process to be ruined! 

Always Exfoliate & Shave

By keeping your skin fresh and buffed it will eliminate those horrible dry dark patches and look more natural. Self tanner naturally sinks into the drier areas of your skin and can look a little gross... Slough off all the dead skin with a coarse scrub, focusing on the knee’s elbows and heels. Oh and don’t use an oil based scrub as it’ll create a film over the skin which the self tanner won’t like!

ALWAYS Moisturise

Once your body is dry, apply some lightweight moisturiser. Focus again on the drier areas of your skin like around your nose, knees, elbows and feet. This will also stop the drier areas from going dark and dry!

Be Product Smart

I personally like self tans that come as cream’s or mousse. I just find them easiest to apply and they sink into my skin better. When picking a self tanner I always pick one designed for my specific skin tone. As I’m olive toned I often choose ones that have a greeny undertone and often opt for the darker shades as they compliment my skin better. If your worried about going too dark then use a gradual tanner which will progressively get darker over time. I love the or the St Tropez Express Tan for quick tanning and the Palmers Cococa Butter Gradual Tan for a lighter slow building bronze.

Test your Technique

First up, always use a mitt or latex gloves. Nothing gives a smoother finish, and you don’t end up with orange paws. Use smooth circular motions wiring from the bottom to the top, applying about 1TSP of product as you go. Working from the bottom to the top means you don’t get weird lines as you reach down! I don’t personally tan my face but here you have to be really careful. Apply the self tanner on the high points of your face (places that’d naturally catch the sun) and blend outwards. Be super careful and apply very lightly!



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  1. Thanks for the great tips :) I have been wanting to try out the tan from st tropez as I've read quite alot of good reviews on it. I have always been a gradual tanner kind of girl and I always use the clinique gradual tan because it gives a really nice natural finish and easy to apply.

    Hope you have a lovely day! ♥


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  2. I love my Dove Sunshine self tanning lotion. You get the tan gradually which means no crazy orange streaks! Plus it is super moisturizing as well so you don't have to use moisturizer.

  3. I love the L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Tanning Lotion, no streaks and a very gorgeous colour. Although I don't think it's suitable for pink toned skin, it's great on yellow toned like mine! :)

    Jimmy |

  4. Great tips - I haven't self tanned before so am slightly nervous to take the plunge!

  5. Great tips! I use exfoliating gloves every time I shower, so I'm always ready to tan!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  6. never been one to fake tan, but maybe I should give it a try!

  7. Great tips! I'm still on the hunt for the perfect self tanner, even the St. Tropez comes out slightly orange on me. Think I'm destined to be pale forever!

  8. Such good tips! I love fake tanning but I never know how to make it look perfect - will follow these tips and hopefully it should look perfect and natural!

    FASHION TREEHOUSE | UK Fashion Blogger

  9. Great tips! I am quite pale and always use sunscreen so in the Winter months I find a little self tanner on the face helps make me look more alive. I have been loving tarte's Maracuja face and body tanner. It smells great and does not leave me orange or streaky.

  10. I always need help with my back and making sure it's even - until then I'll stick to a natural protected glow!
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

  11. Some great tips here. I've not used fake tan in so long but i'll probably be back to it when Winter arrives, brrrrr xx


  12. Really great tips!

  13. Such helpful advise. I wish I would have known these tips when I first started using fake tan a few years ago xxx

  14. I adore the st tropez express tan. It is seriously the best tanner I have used! I found out the hard way that you really need to moisturise your feet before use unless you want very very dark feet and not so dark legs! Stays on for ages too!

  15. I'm really pale so need to get into stuff like this! x

  16. Great tips Lily! Knowing how to self-tan properly has always been a struggle for me!

  17. I've only recently started fake tanning with actual tanning mouse rather than just gradual tanning moisturizer ! definitely need to remember these tips

    Distant Dreamer

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