With cold weather comes dryer skin and a major lack of bronze, and we won’t have a bar of it. In case you aren’t jetting off to Europe for a beach-filled escape, take a tip or two and discover how to apply fake tan properly to get a flawless finish every time. It’s time to lift your spirits, and your glow-game!
#1 Banish bumps
Remove hair in advance. We’ve all faced the dreaded razor bumps; aka ‘Pseudofolliculitis barbae’, strawberry legs, turkey dots, leg nip — okay I’ll stop now. Applying fake tan after a fresh wax or shave will accentuate and darken the devilish spots. Fortunately, you can beat the bump by getting in early and doing your depilating the day in advance.
#2 Prep and perfect
Much like the “Bend, and Snap!”, prep and perfect is just as effective as it is catchy. Use an exfoliating mitt accompanied by a smoothing grit-filled shower balm. Focus on particularly dry areas like the knees, ankles and elbows to get every inch of your bod’ feeling sensually smooth.
‘Rio’ Juicy Watermelon Body Scrub ($17)
Bronze By La Mav Exfoliating Mitt ($20)
#3 Hydrate to the hills
Prevent patchy woes and get an all-over even tan. To keep your skin nice and plump, apply a moisturiser to any areas that are likely to grab more product (knees, ankles and elbows.) Go for something rich in consistency to keep your skin hydrated for longer.
Babe Body Soufflè in Punk Rose ($27)
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#4 Find your fake tan match
Did you know: each fake tan lotion has an undertone to counteract the skin tone beneath it? Take what you learnt in art class, because the colour wheel is all you need to know to get your perfect bronzey match. For example, pink skin tones look most natural with a green-based solution while olive and yellow are complementary to violet hues.
#5 Brush to blend
Harsh lines are the enemy, and a fluffy kabuki brush is your weapon of destruction. Go for the smooth colour transition and blend until your heart’s content. Using a big kabuki brush to blend will evenly disperse the product where you want a little less. Put your hands, elbows, knees and ankles on the hit-list, and load that brush.
Black Magic Tan Blending Brush ($20)
#6 Bronze without breakouts
You may have already learnt the hard way, but false tan doesn’t always work wonders for the the most porous part of your body: the face. Breakouts, colour clinging and an uneven makeup base is what we are talking about. But you can target these bronzey blues with products that that are face-safe. Look for ingredients like hydrochloric acid and Vitamin C.
Eco Tan Face Water ($35)
#7 Sleep away fake tan stains
The only thing better than a bronze glow is a fresh set of white silky sheets. Unfortunately, they don’t quite go hand in hand; picture a body silhouette at a crime scene, except it’s not chalk… A tanzee is your silky solution to a stain-free snooze, and they also happen to be quite cosy (it’s a win win.)
Tanzee Rose Gold Sheet Protector ($60)
#8 Protect and prolong
Much like a car, a freshly painted wall or a set of salon nails, your colour needs protecting. Apply a specially formulated tan moisturiser to keep the glow around that little bit longer and avoid the tiger-bread finish we are all too familiar with.
Bali Body Luxe Moisturising Lotion ($27)
#9 Bring out the glow
Highlighting and contouring is equally effective on your body as it is on your face. Bring your tan to life with a little extra shimmer for that island-holiday pick me up. All the celebs do it so it’s guaranteed to get your tan poppin’.
Sugar Baby Bronze Radiance Cream ($20)
#10 Erase with ease
Australia’s own Bondi Sands has recently come out with simple solution to breaking down the bronze when it’s time to start fresh. Save your skin a little scrubbing-stress and opt for something quick, effective, and refreshing like the beaches of Bondi.
Bondi Sands Tan Eraser ($20)
Most people don’t know how to apply fake tan properly, but it is a hard art to master. If you try and test these techniques and get the perfect bronze glow, let us know in the comments.