How to Apply Fake Tan At Home

Fake tan is a great way to get the summer glow you want without exposing your skin to the sun. Here are some of our favorite fake tan products, as well as tips for getting a great fake tan at home
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Mar. 19, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Summer’s coming up, and for many people that means it’s time to start working on a nice golden tan. While it feels good to sit and tan in the sun, the direct exposure to UVA and UVB rays can be very harmful to your skin. Fake tan is a great alternative, as it allows you to get the look you want without any risk of sun damage. It’s easy to do a DIY fake tan at home - we’ve rounded up the best fake tan products and some tips to help you get a beautiful summer glow. Tips For Applying Fake TanIf you haven’t applied your own fake tan before, it can be tricky to make it look natural. Here are some tips to help you get a beautiful fake tan. - Start by exfoliating your skin thoroughly after you get out of the shower. Fake tan goes on much more evenly when your skin is smooth and there aren’t any patches of dry skin. - Remove hair from areas where you’ll be applying fake tan, as that can also prevent it from going on evenly. - Add a light moisturizer to dry patches of skin just before applying your tan. Avoid using a moisturizer that’s heavily scented, as the scent can actually affect the way the tan goes on. - The best way to apply fake tan is by using a tanning mitt. Distribute the product evenly on the mitt before applying to reduce the chances of it going on patchy. - If you can, have someone help you to ensure you don’t miss any spots on the back of your body. A full-length mirror will also be very helpful. - Wear something very loose as the tan dries. This will prevent your clothing from accidentally rubbing off any of the makeup. Our Favorite Fake Tan ProductsSt. Tropez Classic Bronzing MousseThis lightweight mousse has long been a favorite among self-tan enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why. It goes on and blends very easily, and dries quickly so you can get on with your day after application. The color is very natural, without any harsh orange undertones. It also doesn’t have a smell, which is a common complaint with many self-tanning products. It’s made with natural ingredients and doesn’t contain harmful parabens or sulfates. Tan-Luxe Wonder OilThis tanning product is very unique and is a great option for those that are looking for a very lightweight tan. It has a cooling rollerball applicator, so it’s easy to apply and can soothe the skin as well. The formula is infused with natural oils that hydrate the skin and keep it looking healthy and smooth, and it’s also completely vegan. The product is buildable, so it’s easy to maintain your glow and reapply throughout the day. The result is a healthy glow that doesn’t look overdone.
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Clarins Self-Tanning Milky LotionThis is another hydrating bronzing lotion that is perfect for a natural healthy glow. The milky texture makes the lotion very easy to blend, and it has a natural finish that isn’t too orange. This formula is also very hydrating, so it leaves your skin soft and refreshed after application. It’s dermatologist tested and is appropriate for all skin types. It also has a pleasant fig fragrance instead of the typical self-tanner smell. Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week TanIf you’re looking for a dark and long-lasting tan, Vita Liberata is a must-try brand. The luxury tanning brand has a number of different options for every shade of tan. The Phenomenal tan lasts for two to three weeks and comes in light, medium, and dark shades. It is made with natural ingredients and doesn’t have a harsh fake tan smell. It contains fruits like papaya, lychee, grape, and melon, as well as cucumber, aloe vera, witch hazel, and more. All of these natural ingredients help keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow PadIf you want to apply self tan to your face as well as your body, these pads from Dr. Dennis Gross are a great option. They are small towelettes that offer easily buildable color, so you can opt for a light glow or a very dark tan. The formula is also very good for your skin - it contains alpha beta hydroxy acids that help to exfoliate the skin, which helps the tan go on much more smoothly. It also contains moisturizers to help keep the skin in good condition, so the fake tan stays on for longer. James Read Sleep Mask TanThis is another excellent self tanner for face. This gradual tan develops over several hours and can be left on overnight. It also has anti-aging benefits and is very hydrating, so it nourishes the skin and keeps it healthy. It doesn’t have any fragrance and has a light serum consistency. It is also very easy to apply, blends easily, and doesn’t stain skin. Ultimitt Self Tanning MittIf you self tan regularly, it’s important to have a good mitt. This reusable option from Ultimitt is a favorite among self tan enthusiasts because it is very durable. It’s also designed not to absorb product, so it prevents waste and makes it easier to apply the product. It is machine washable, so it is very easy to clean. The texture of the mitt also prevents streaking and helps your tan go on more evenly. Instead of risking sun damage, try doing a DIY fake tan at home this summer. These fake tan products will help you get a nice natural glow.
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