Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Hi girls, let’s talk about all things fake tan! It is summer, but if you live in not-so-sunny London or spend days at the office desk, you might have thought about getting some artificial tan. And you would be absolutely correct. Not always we have time and budget to go on holidays, but fair to say women always want to look beautiful and like we’ve just got back from Maldives. Fake tan is not a rocket science, but it still can be tricky to achieve the perfect results. After many tries, I figured what is the secret. So today I’d like to show you my best fake tan tips. your tan will never again be uneven, fade quick or get patchy! I hope you will enjoy and find it useful.

What’s the difference between tinted and gradual self-tan?

Tinted self-tan normally would come in a bronze shade and will have shimmer in it. With tinted self-tan, you achieve immediate tan on a skin. this is a perfect solution when you need to achieve a glowing tanned skin for a night out, photo shoot or any other occasion. Whilst giving an instant result, tinted self-tan will still work during 4-8 hours in average to give you even more flawless tan. Unfortunately, tinted self-tanners almost 100% will stain your clothes. So make sure to wash your dress after wearing. If you are going to apply tinted self-tan overnight, make sure you are wearing old pyjamas, so you don’t stain your bed linen.

Gradual self-tan normally comes in a gel or cream formula and has a white colour. Gradual self-tan applies to the skin completely clear like a moisturiser. It then develops subtly over 4-8 hours so your tan appears gradually. Gradual tanners guarantee absolutely no transfer onto clothing.

Should you moisturise before fake tanning?

No. Before getting a fake tan you should exfoliate your skin, but don’t moisturise it. Avoid oil-based scrubs. Ideally, you would want to use an exfoliator with amino fruit extract. Moisturiser creates a barrier between your skin and the self-tanner and will leave it streaky. I’d recommend exfoliating skin and shaving with a new razor the day before and further exfoliate your skin. This will allow you to prepare your skin for a tan in the best way possible!

Mixing fake tan with moisturiser

You would want to avoid mixing tanning lotion with a moisturiser. Most of the fake tans are normally easy to apply and quite liquid, so you don’t need to moisturise your skin before. But! Once you finished applying your self-tan, I recommend taking a tiny amount of moisturiser and apply it on your knees, elbows and hands. Massage a moisturiser into the skin properly. Tan can show darker on a dry skin. So blending some moisturiser into dry areas will allow you to achieve an even bronze skin.

How to apply fake tan evenly?

I’d recommend to using a mitt when applying fake tan. Mitt is very easy to use and almost guarantee for an even beautiful tan. I always use it. When you need to reach some complicated parts, for example, your back, I advise to using a mitt, brush and a hair tie. Simply put a mitt on top of the hair brush or anything that has a long handle and fixing it with a hair tie. Voila, your self-tanning pro tool is ready to rock!

Fake Tan Tip: Your tan may appear uneven if you didn’t wait for it to dry. So, if you are in a hurry, switch on your hair dryer and use it on a cool setting to cool down your skin and dry a tan.

READ RELATED: Vita Liberata Self Tanning tinted Lotion Review.

Can you shave your legs after a spray tan?

I’d not recommend shaving your legs after a spray tan as it is a harsh form of exfoliation. Shaving or using a hair removal creams will make your tan fade much quicker and streaky. Shaving or waxing before spray tan is a good idea, though. Your skin will be ready for a tan and the tanning lotion will glide on smoothly. If you are doing waxing, do it the day before spray tan and don’t forget to remove any access wax from the skin. Wax creates a barrier and won’t let your fake tan lotion soak into the skin.

How to maintain fake tan?

This is your time to moisturise. Once your tan is set, moisturise your skin twice a day (*ideally). I understand that you may get lazy to apply body cream twice a day, but I promise moisturised and hydrated skin is a key for a long tan wear. If you want to use tinted self-tan, I’d normally apply it two days in a row and then top up every 3 days to maintain a dark tan. When using gradual tan simply use it every night before going to sleep and moisturise your skin in the morning with a regular body lotion of your choice.

Why does my fake tan go patchy after a few days?

Tan can go patchy or wear off unevenly if you used moisturiser before applying a self-tan. Moisturiser dissolves the tan. Secondly, stop taking a hot bath to prolong your tan. Instead, take warm showers and wrap a towel around your body to dry. Avoid rubbing your skin with a towel. It can remove some tan.

Can you still get a tan with fake tan on?

You can have a tan with a fake tan on, absolutely. But you need to use SPF and UVB to protect your skin. Fake tan doesn’t protect your skin from a sun damage. So, apply your face and body SPF normally like you do every day. I hope you do it, right?

READ RELATED: 3 Steps for a Perfect Self Tan.


What are your fake tan tips?

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  1. June 2, 2016 / 7:04 am

    My sister is always asking about fake tanning tips, I will show her this article for you! Thanks girl x

    Aicha | The Fashion Heist

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:11 pm

      thank you so much. Hope she’ll find it useful x

  2. June 2, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I learned so much from this post, I love it. I am not a very patient person so I would use a tinted tan as opposed to gradual tan. And I agree, moisturizer is a must. My skin gets so dry while using tanning products, moisturizing is important.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:11 pm

      Yes Lily moisturise, moisturise, moisturise x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:11 pm

      you are welcome dear x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      which is your favourite brand? I’m still exploring them x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      thanks dear, glad you liked it x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      oh thank you so much, you are very kind x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      haha, hope you will remember next time girl x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      no it’s going to be fine trust me. Just don’t buy the darkest one. But light/medium x

  3. Leyre Barriocanal
    June 2, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this article!! Perfect tips! 🙂

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      glad you liked it love x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      glad you liked it love x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      Oh, don’t let me start about glow! glow is everything x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      glad you liked it love x

  4. June 2, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    So interesting! Great tips 🙂

    xoxo dear ❤
    Melania | modeintechnicolor.blogspot.com

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      glad you liked it love x

  5. Kia / KTS
    June 2, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    Since I’m already naturally tanned, I don’t use faux tan. But I will say I love a good glow and most of the tips you give in this post are good for achieving that. There’s nothing like a good glow. Great post.

    Kia / KTS

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      thank you so much, Kia! I’m glad you’ve found this tanning tips useful x

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      ahaha, i can think about writing an article on this topic too 😀

  6. June 3, 2016 / 2:02 am

    I’ve recently started using gradual tanners, and I really like the outcome. It’s hard to get it to apply evenly when the cream in clear in colour, but a tanning mitt does help. The wrists and ankles are the hardest part, in my opinion!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Hi Katherine. To have beautiful blend on wrist and ankles use my Blending tip. Where you mix self tan with moisturiser. This does help x

  7. June 3, 2016 / 3:50 am

    This could be so helpful! Thanks a lot for sharing this with the world 🙂

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      glad you liked it love x

  8. June 3, 2016 / 4:46 am

    Wow some great tips on a fake tan. I only burn so this is really helpful for me.

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      you are a star Jenni x

  9. June 3, 2016 / 5:43 am

    I’ve never used tanners, I’m quite happy with my fair skin and I thought it suits me well. Though I can see why people do tan, it just looks so sun kissed and young! Lovely tips, I’ll have to tell my friends <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • June 3, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Yes, I agree. You look so young and fresh and healthy when you have a tan skin x

  10. June 5, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Really useful tipps my dear 🙂


    Wiebke von WMBG


  11. Marisa
    June 6, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    I forever was getting the worst fake tans because I was moisturizing like a bish before applying the tan. Not great.

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