It’s no secret that tanned, glowing skin is synonymous with summer fashion-but tanning is so 2003. This year is all about protecting your skin from harsh irritants and free radicals; we want our skin to look healthy as we age. So, how can women build an authentic-looking tan for the upcoming bikini season? By knowing how to build a great fake tan.
Kim Kardashian showed the world how much she depends on her professional spray tan artist on “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” a few weeks ago. In the episode, Kim tells her oldest sister how spray tanning can make you look ten pounds lighter. But there’s a process.
Listed below are some tricks and tips on how to begin achieving your summer glow, months before you have to get in your bikini. That way, when you’re showing off sexy summer fashion, you will have the skin of a summer goddess-even if the color is fake.
Spray or Lotion?
Self-tanners generally come in lotion form, or in an aerosol can. There are pros and cons to both kinds, but it comes down to personal preference. Spray-on self-tanners are dispensed in an even mist as to prevent streaking. They also prevent any self-tanner from getting on your hands. However, they can produce “overspray” and stain your walls and floors.
Lotions can better help you control the amount of tanner you use. Because a moisturizer is usually involved, it can make your tan last even longer. They usually are buildable over a few days, minimizing the mistakes you might make. However, because you have to apply with your hands, it can turn your palms orange. Also, tanning lotion is more likely to create streaks if not rubbed in properly.
Use a Separate Face Tanner
Don’t use body self-tanner on your face. Your face has larger pores and is oilier than the rest of your body, so body self-tanner can produce an uneven tan. After you properly exfoliate, you can mix your self-tanner with your favorite moisturizer. Always be sure to pull your hair into a ponytail when applying face tanner. Don’t forget your ears or the areas around them.
Play With Contouring
Contouring is a hot makeup trend this year-and you can apply the same concept to enhance other features of your body. For instance, after you apply your self-tanner, put on a push-up bra and then spray the M-shaped indentation of your cleavage. Take it a step further by applying more self-tanner to the indentations of your abs.
Contouring serves as an optical illusion: it slims, boosts, and defines where you need it most. However, if you don’t know how to do it, enlist the help of someone with more expertise to avoid looking “stripey.”
Have any outstanding streaks or marks? Use an exfoliate, or even toothpaste, to correct the mistake. If you have any concerns or questions, always use the Internet as a resource for tanning tips.
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