Make a Fake Tan Look Real
A well-done faux glow can be your best accessory
We all know that staying out of the sun is the best way to maintain healthy youthful-looking skin, but I know I don’t want to start the summer off all pasty and white when it’s time to pull my shorts out of hiding. Here’s how to make a fake tan look real–the days of orange streaks and walking around naked for an hour until the tanner dries are over!
I have an entire drawer in my bathroom dedicated to self-tanning, so here are a few of my favorites.
For Your Face
A fake tan on your face makes your complexion look brighter and your teeth look whiter. So what are you waiting for?
Gradual tanning: One day you’re as white as a ghost and the next you look like you’ve been on a tropical vacation. In my opinion, this is a don’t. Your tan should look natural, not like it came straight out of a bottle. That’s why I’m a big fan of gradual tanners, especially when making the transition from winter to spring. Jergens Natural Glow started this tanning category for the body, and you can’t go wrong with the version made specifically for the face. $7.49, drugstore.com
Instant gratification: Sometimes you just don’t want to wait a week for your golden glow, and there are many products designed for the face that deliver even, natural looking color. I’ve used L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning for the Face, and have always been happy with the color and its staying power. It also contains an instant bronzer that helps you see where you’re putting it, so you’re not left with a tell-tale line under your jaw. Remember to blend, blend, blend! $9.99, drugstore.com
For Your Body
Make sure you’re ready when the cardis come off and the hemlines start to go up.
Gradual tanning: Use GloMinerals Gradual Glo Self Tanner instead of your regular moisturizer for a week and you’ll be good to go. After that, you may want to cut back to every other day, depending on your starting skin color, and just how dark you want to be. My advice: Save the George Hamilton-worthy shade until at least Memorial Day. $28, gloskincare.com
Instant and long-lasting color: I’ve found that nothing beats a tan in a can. A fine aerosol mist makes it easy to get streak-free color, even on your back. St. Tropez Aero Bronze Air Spray is an absolute winner, but if you can’t justify the expense on a regular basis, make it your go-to tanner for special occasions. $35, sttropeztan.com
Temporary color: We all have some sort of commitment issues, and if you’re scared to lock yourself into a bad tan job, look no further than Neutrogena Sheer Body Tint. This mousse comes in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark for an easy-to-apply temporary tan that washes off. $9.99, drugstore.com
With these tips to make a fake tan look real, you won’t have to risk your skin’s health to start your summer off with a little glow.