How To: The Perfect Fake Tan

Avoid tell-tale signs you’re faking it with these tips for self-tan success.

Prep Work
It may sound a little obvious but keeping your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the (fake tan) bottle. Try to moisturise every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the hay. Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Exfoliate
We’re sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but we can’t stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patchy.

Moisturise
Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your fake tan. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet, basically any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.

Applicator Mitts Are Your Best Friend
The tell-tale sign you’ve been cheating is often those orange-tinted palms and fingernails. To avoid that glow and grubby fingernails, get into the habit of applying tan wearing latex gloves or some kind of applicator mitt. I am a big fan of the ModelCo Blend Buffing Mitt RRP $17.95.

Don’t Forget Your Back
Unless you have a dedicated other half to ensure your back is bronzed, tanning your back solo seems like an impossible task. Fake tan experts ModelCo introduced the Sunsponge RRP $55.00 a while back to reach those nooks and crannies we would never get to otherwise.

Learn To Love Vaseline
A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing some Vaseline on means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent any unwanted marks appearing in these areas. For the perfect bronzed face try ModelCo Facetan RRP $38.00.

Buffing 101
When the pros want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they don a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any build-up of tan, to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades. Again, the ModelCo Blend Buffing Mitt RRP $17.95 is perfect for this.

Dark Clothing
In an ideal world we would be able to wander around in the buff post-fake tan, but in reality it’s a quick slap of lotion on the pins before we rush out the door. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe faves.

Fake Tan Remover
If it all goes horribly wrong and you are left with distinctly orange palms or horrible streaky legs, don’t panic, there is a solution. Any self-tan remover will remove embarrassing marks, simply rub in and use wipes to remove.

Polish and Re-apply
Now your tan has developed and you’re happy with the results, the work doesn’t stop there! Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if you’re starting to pale into insignificance, then do a tan top-up.

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