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11 amazing fake tan hacks that'll ensure you don't look Tangoed! From how to tan hands and feet properly to banishing unsightly blotches and product recommendations too!
You can tell an A-list tan a mile off by its glossy sheen – but how can you copy the cream of the tanning crop at home? Prep! Give your entire body an exfoliation first with a pre-tan scrub if you want the colour to last and look gorgeously smooth. Not only is it important to get rid of dead skin cells but you need to moisturise dry areas to create an even base. Then, let a rich cream seep into cracked patches on your knees, elbows and feet before you even THINK about reaching for the bottle.
Ever noticed fake tan sits in the tiny holes on your body once you've de-stubbled? Say hello to the speckled egg effect. It's not pretty and is a sure-fire sign you're a tanning novice. So, how do you avoid it? Whatever hair removal tactic you favour, do it well in advance because waxing, plucking and shaving all create open pores and super-sensitive skin that fill with product once it's applied. At least 2 days before is ideal for a flawless finish.
Not only does fake tan clog your hair follicles, but the sticky stuff seeps into pesky open pores creating that nasty blackhead effect. Want to avoid it? Then prep like an A-lister by rubbing ice cubes across your skin before you apply and ensure you close those troublesome holes. You'll have a super-smooth finish without fail.
If you're fair-skinned but want a deep glow, don't go shopping for the darkest tan you can find. The best way to achieve a natural colour is to pick the product best designed for your skin tone. We know, it's hard to resist the promise of a Michelle Keegan shade in a bottle but if you plonk a mahogany mousse on porcelain legs, you're asking for a scaly orange disaster. It's simple; fair for fair, medium for olive and dark for dark, then if you want a deeper tan apply small amounts daily. Easy!
Sure, they save your hands from developing into orange paws but despite what you might think, gloves are not your tan's BFF. Far from it in fact, because the plastic texture is one helluva streak creator so we suggest you switch to a tanning mitt. The spongey underside clings onto the product a lot better allowing easier application, plus it buffs as you rub leaving you with that ultra-even finish you've been after all along.
Think you need a separate product for your face? Think again. The best way to get a gorgeous glow here is to mix a pump of mousse with a dollop of moisturiser and apply like your night cream. The hydrating blend of products will not only give your delicate skin some TLC overnight but it'll ensure your tan will steer clear of a mega-watt finish and take on a more natural tone. Get this right and you'll be throwing out your foundation…
Thanks to the last 5 tips you've achieved the perfect summer glow but how the heck do you tan those hands and feet!? Luckily we can tell you that too. Once you've finished your body, use the face mixture of moisturiser and tanning mousse to lightly pat over the back of your hands, fingers and top of your feet. Remember to clench those fists so you don't miss the inside of your knuckles then use a baby wipe to clean up in between. Voila! Perfectly blended paws.
Yes, really! You can shave off a few pounds and even tone up with the right application. Just add an extra layer to those problem areas and watch them slim down in seconds. The best places to double-up on product? Create shadow on the inside of the thighs, the backs of the calves, the sides of the stomach, the backs of the arms and under the chin. Trust us, this is one A-list trick we've stolen from the body beautifuls…
Sometimes tan has a life of its own. Even if you've followed our rules religiously, it can go bottoms up. Thankfully, we've got a bad-tan-busting trick up our sleeve to help – one which you can find under your kitchen sink! If you've woken up with unwanted blotches or stained hands, just mix together baking soda and water then use a nail brush to scrub away at scaly patches leaving you totally mottle free. This easy, at-home tip is bound to save your skin at one point this summer.
The biggest cause of cracked fake tan is dry skin so make sure you moisturise at least once a day to keep your holiday glow hydrated and avoid any crinkles in your colour. A lot of products come with their very own balm to pop on after you've tanned but you can use any of the rich creams in your beauty cupboard to keep your skin in check.
We now know a good skin scrub is imperative before applying tan to achieve that gorgeous glow but it's also just as important after. People are scared to polish their body for fear of leaving a scaly finish but this is exactly what it avoids! Give yourself about 3 days from the time you apply your tan to start to gently exfoliating again. It'll ensure your shade fades naturally rather than falling off in a horribly bitty mess.