Thursday, July 3, 2014

How To: Fix Fake Tan Oopsies!

We've all committed the dreaded "Fake Tan Mess Ups" but don't worry! There is a solution to each problem!

Fake tanning is an art, and something that you WILL NOT get right the first time.

Everyone's skin is different, so tanning products will react differently with your skin type. 

You just have to search until you find the right tanning product for you!

Here are some of my tips to fix your fake tan mistakes!

Fake Tan Mistake #1: The dreaded "I tan my arms but not my hands" Palm Line!
This is by far one of the worst fake tan mistakes! It screams "YES I FAKE TAN!" You want your tan to look natural, not like you just dipped your arm into a can of orange paint.

Take it easy when applying self tanner around your wrists, make sure you aren't spraying directly onto your wrist. Just blend from the middle of your arm down to your wrist. This will ensure an even gradual transition. 

Also, please tan the TOP of your hands! It's the WORST when you have really tan arms but your hands are white as a ghost! 
 A lot of people are afraid of tanning their hands because they don't want to get the "Weird Orange Knuckles" 

Spray some self tanner on a cotton ball and blend it into your hands, starting at the wrist and moving outwards towards the fingers. Also, you SHOULD have a line where your tan STOPS along where the thumb connects to your wrist. Just make sure it is a blended line! Please don't tan your palms!! :)   

Fake Tan Mistake #2: The Patchy/Flaky Tan

This is another tanning mistake that is very common. This happens for a few different reasons. 
1. You didn't moisturize prior to applying your tan.
2. You didn't moisturize the day AFTER you applied your tan.
3. You didn't exfoliate/shave immediately before applying your tan.
4. You went into a chlorinated Pool/HotTub, or sat in water too long. 

If this happens to you, well, there's no salvaging it. Start over. I recommend using a sugar scrub or a coffee scrub as well as a luffa sponge to remove the tanner COMPLETELY!
Make sure you exfoliate/shave/moisturize before you apply your self tanner. Also make sure the next day, after your tanner has set for recommended amount of time, you rinse off in the shower(NO SOAP OR LUFFA!!) And Moisturize your skin IMMEDIATELY after you get out. Also, when you are drying off, make sure you are using PATTING motions, not rubbing! Rubbing will remove your tan because your skin is wet!
DO NOT try to apply more self tanner over the top to "cover it up" You will have an even bigger disaster!

Fake Tan Mistake #3: The Fake Tan Mustache

This is really horrible, and TOTALLY avoidable! A lot of girls tan their face, and that's great if you don't wear makeup ontop. Obviously you want your face to match the rest of your body. BUT, you take the risk of committing this terrible mistake. Fake Tan comes off easily, its temporary! If your face is oily/sweaty/full of makeup, your self tanner WILL COME OFF PATCHY! 

Don't tan your face! If you are scared of getting the fake tan stache, buy a foundation that matches your skin when it is tan, as well as a shade that matches when you are not tan. 
That way, as your tan fades you can start to mix the two shades and match your body at any shade! GENIOUS! 

Here are some links to some of my previous posts that will help your Tanning Journey!!

     Happy Tanning!