Three things that you don't want to go flat: your tires, a glass of soda, and a self-tan. When it comes to the latter, this is in reference to that dreaded one-note look that people often get after applying a sunless tanning product. There are a few things you can do, however, to keep your faux tan looking glowy and multidimensional, as opposed to flat, muddy, and just plain boring. To find out how to bring new life to a self-tan, just keep reading.
Now that it's getting hotter outside, it's hard not to want tan, glowing skin. But since we're long past the days of dousing ourselves with baby oil and soaking up the sun, we picked out three exceptional sunless tanners that won't leave you orange or blotchy. Check them out in our video now.
Delicate areas such as your face should be shielded from the sun, but during warmer weather, it deserves to look sun-kissed, too! That's where sunless tanners come in. They're the safest form of a tan possible, and there are plenty of quality options made especially for the face. Our top picks include a cream, a towelette, and a tanning spray — all of which leave you looking naturally bronzed. Kirbie's manicure courtesy of MARS Salon.
1. Décolletage depth: As strapless dresses and halter tops make their way to the front of your wardrobe, it's time to let your chest area shine. Applying bronzer above and below the collarbone will bring a chiseled appearance to your cleavage. Don't have the right shade? Try using a darker shade of foundation instead.
2. Glowing gams: Swipe a bronzing stick down the center of your thighs and shins to create a sleek, long-leg look. Adding tanner is also a great way to disguise stretch marks and veins.
3. The fake bake: Most darker-skinned women avoid the self-tanner section in the drugstore. Even though these products usually won't help you achieve a darker look, they can even out skin tone and provide a subtle shimmer.
Applying self-tanner is a great way to get a tan without the sun's harsh effects. But whereas the product can be a life-saver (literally), it also poses a conundrum, often marking its presence in the form of patchy, blotchy marks and streaks on the knees, elbows, fingers, and toes. "I always tell people, it's [self-tanner is] like makeup. You just have to practice a little bit," explains Sinead Norenius, a tanning expert and founder of Beautisol, an environmentally-conscious sun-care line. To see her advice on preventing tanning mishaps, just keep reading.
We're happy to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Real Beauty.
When trying to create a natural, sunless tan on your body, mistakes are expected and accepted. If things go too awry, you can just opt to wear pants until the color wears off.
But a botched fake tan on your face? Completely out of the question. Here, five foolproof tips on how to get gorgeous bronzed skin.
And it's odd that declaring one skin shade "prettier" or "better" than another wouldn't give pollsters pause, either — it's blatant bigotry. On a level unrelated to social history, skin tone, eye color, and hair color also all come together to make you uniquely attractive, and trying to spray on someone else's skin can ruin that. While this study was related to self-tanning, it's even more disturbing to think of young women attempting to lighten their skin in order to get Pippa's dubiously named "Royal Mocha" color. Have you ever tried to change your skin tone to look like a celebrity's? And do you think attempting to significantly change your natural skin color is healthy?