Fool-proof, expert tips to take the fear out of fake-tanning your face

Do you find self-tanning a daunting exercise?

Tanning successfully from a bottle is no mean feat. Getting that glow even and avoiding streaks or patches takes work, but is totally worth it.

To give you the best chance at success, we asked tanning expert and Bali Body’s Co-Founder, Laura Oosterloo to share her top tips to achieving a flawless, natural looking self-tan all over your body – including your face.

Where to start

It’s important to remember that a one-size-fits-all approach to tanning won’t be in your best interest. Laura suggests doing your research to choose a product that will suit your skin.

“A green base is perfect for all skin types, so that’s always a great place to start if you’re a self-tan beginner. I also think it’s important to choose something really nourishing with 100 per cent natural DHA, as it’s less likely to dry out your skin and come off blotchy,” she says.

Before you begin on your body, it's best to shave first, then exfoliate the areas to get the dead skin off.

“Apply a small amount of moisturiser to your dry areas (hands, knuckles, feet, knees) and make sure you use a tanning mitt for a streak-free tan. A good tanning mitt is a great investment for regular self-tanners,” advises Laura.

Tanning your face

Fake-tanning your face can be pretty daunting, because there’s much less chance of covering it up if something goes wrong. But, if you get it right, you can end up looking a lot brighter, fresher and even younger.

Follow these steps for tanning success:

“Start by using a gentle facial exfoliation to scrub away the surface of the skin.

“Then, splash some cold water on your face. This will ensure your pores are closed and your formula will sit on top of your face, rather than in it.

“Before you start applying, it’s important to ensure you’re in a well-lit area and your face and hands are clean and dry,” she advises.

“Apply it directly onto a cotton pad and then blend it around your face in quick circular motion to your nose, chin, cheeks, forehead and hairline. Once you’re done, ensure you wash your hands under warm soapy water immediately.”

If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a product that’s easy to blend and buildable, so you can start off slowly and increase the hue as you get more confident with your application. Laura suggests Bali Body’s Face Tan Water, which has the consistency of micellar water – a bit less daunting than a mousse or cream.

Boosting your colour

Once you’re happy with your colour and your skin feels dry, apply a layer of moisturiser to lock in the colour and increase the longevity of your tan. “Hydrated skin holds colour longer, whether you’re wearing fake tan or have a natural sun tan,” says Laura.

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