How to Fake Tan: Applying a Perfect Streak-Free Tan

Applying fake tan can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to the process. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’ll be providing you with detailed instructions on how to fake tan like a professional. Get ready to go streak-free and rock that natural looking tan, all year round!

How to Get a Dark Tan in One Day

If you want a dark tan in just one day, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your skin is ready to absorb the fake tan. Firstly, exfoliate your skin, paying special attention to dry areas such as your knees and elbows. This will ensure that your skin is at its smoothest. Secondly, make sure that your skin is moisturised. This will provide a good base for the fake tan and prevent it from clumping onto dry patches. Finally, apply your fake tan and leave it on for at least 8 hours before showering. Once you shower, take care not to scrub your skin too hard, as this can cause your tan to fade more quickly. Reapply tanning serum every four hours for a deeper tan.

Should You Moisturise Before or After Tanning?

One of the biggest questions when it comes to fake tanning is whether you should moisturise before or after. It’s best to moisturise before tanning since tanner can cling to dry skin areas and you don’t want to have streaking. Strive to use a moisturiser daily for one week before using self-tanner. Areas that are prone to dryness include your knees, ankles, elbows, hands, and feet. You can moisturise these areas 2-3 hours before tanning.

See our post ‘Should You Moisturise Before or After Tanning?‘ for more information.

Can You Shave Before or After a Fake Tan?

When it comes to shaving before or after fake tanning, it’s important to get your timing right. Shaving before your fake tan will help ensure that your skin is smooth and exfoliated, making your tan more even. However, if you shave after your fake tan, you risk removing the top layer of skin and causing your tan to fade more quickly. If you do need to shave after applying your fake tan, be sure to use a gentle shaving cream and avoid shaving too vigorously.

See our post ‘Can You Shave Before or After a Fake Tan?‘ for more information.

How to Apply Fake Tan Mousse

Fake tan mousse is a popular choice for tanners due to its quick-drying nature, although it can be challenging to smooth out streaks. Here’s how you can achieve a masterful application: First, prepare your skin by exfoliating gently the day before application, focusing on rough areas like elbows and knees. Moisturise your skin beforehand to help the tan adhere better. To apply the tan, start from the legs and work your way upwards, ensuring even coverage while avoiding hard-to-reach spots. Use a tanning mitt and apply the mousse in circular motions. After application, allow the tan to dry completely for 6-8 hours before showering or getting dressed. Following these steps will help you achieve optimal results.

See our post ‘How to Apply Fake Tan Mousse‘ for more information.

How to Use Self Tan Serum

  1. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin to remove impurities and dead cells, paying special attention to dry areas.
  2. Mix the self-tan serum with your moisturizer, lotion or foundation to prevent dryness.
  3. Massage the mixture into your skin using a kabuki or makeup brush, starting from the bottom to avoid creases.
  4. For a deeper colour, wait 4 to 8 hours before applying additional layers, ensuring you re-exfoliate for optimal results.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly after application and avoid sweating or showering for at least four hours to ensure even development. Use a pH-balanced body wash only after the recommended waiting time.

See our post ‘How to Use Self Tan Serum‘ for more information.

How to Fake Tan Your Back

Back tanning can be challenging, but with these quick steps, you can do it effortlessly. Start by prepping your back through exfoliation, ensuring there are no moisturisers or oils. Then, use a tanning mitt or back applicator to apply the fake tan evenly, starting at the centre of your back. If needed, use a mirror, or ask a friend for help. Lastly, remember to allow the tan to dry before getting dressed, using a hairdryer on a cool setting to speed up the process.

How to Fake Tan Your Face

Using a fake tan on your face is slightly different than on your body. Here’s how you can do it with ease. Start with a fresh face by cleansing thoroughly and removing any traces of makeup or dirt. Prep your skin with moisture by applying a moisturiser and allowing it to fully absorb. Select a facial serum and apply it gently, starting from the centre of your face and extending to your neck. Be cautious around your eyes, eyebrows, and hairline. Allow enough drying time for a beautiful and even complexion with your fake tan.

How to Fake Tan Your Hands and Feet

Hands and feet can become a tell-tale sign of a fake tan gone wrong. So, it’s important to be extra careful while applying the tan to these areas. The best way to avoid over-tanning these areas is by applying the tan gradually and blending it in well with a kabuki brush or finger mitt. To ensure an even application on your hands, wash your hands with warm water and soap immediately after applying the tan. If there’s any staining, wipe off the fake tan from your cuticles, nails, palms, and the soles of your feet.

How to Apply Fake Tan Without a Mitt

Without a tanning mitt, it’s hard to tell how evenly you’re spreading fake tan. Your hands can do the job, but you need to be extra cautious to avoid any streaks. Applying the tan with circular strokes help your hand act as a buff to blend in the product evenly, but still not as evenly as you get with a mitt. It helps to use small amounts of the tanning formula at a time and apply more if required. Don’t forget to blend around the edges of your elbows, knees, and ankles to avoid any harsh lines. This will take longer and make your hand a lot darker than the rest of your body while leaving less consistent results. So, we recommend using a rubber glove or a thick sock turned inside out until you can get a proper mitt rather than using your bare hand.

Visit the Beau Bronzage Website for more Self-Tanning Tips!

Applying fake tan is a fun way to get an extra glow in the summer months, or just to improve your confidence and feel great year-round. With the tips outlined in this blog, you should be able to achieve a perfect streak-free tan easily. Just remember to exfoliate, focus on hands and feet, blend with gentle circular strokes, wait before you dress, and maintain your tan with regular snacks of moisturiser and one reapplication a week. Visit Beau Bronzage’s website today for the best in self-tanning products!

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