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Self Tan: Everything You Need To Know

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Self Tanning!

Summer has arrived and on top of forgetting to get my rig ‘summer ready’ (who am I kidding, it never has been), I have also forgone a tan for quite some.

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Enter my trusty bottle of fake tan and all is well in the world again.

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BUT! Tanning is a precarious activity, things can go downhill quickly, so watch my tips and tricks below for acing your base like no one else.

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What to do (in case you didn’t understand my points between my inane chattering and the fat pussy getting sick):

  • Shower and use exfoliating gloves or a brush to remove dead skin cells, old tan etc.
  • Shave your pits and legs as the tan will collect on the hairs.
  • Towel dry yourself thoroughly.
  • Moisturise your dry areas like elbows, hands, feet, ankles and knees. Use sparingly, don’t slather it all over yourself.
  • Apply tan using an application mitt over your entire body in circular motions, ensuring it’s completely rubbed in.
  • Buff away excess tan using a fluffy makeup brush, paying particular attention to areas that tend to go weirdly discoloured and streaky (like your pits).
  • Buff excess tan from your mitt onto your hands.
  • Pop on a loose kaftan or PJs. Nothing that cuts into your skin.

OPTIONAL 

  • Carve out your facial contours using excess tan on a smaller (clean) makeup brush.
  • Lightly mist with a spray tan formula.

You can use the fluffy makeup brush to apply the tan all over if you don’t have sensitive or acne-prone skin. 

What NOT to do (because I didn’t cover these points):

  • Apply deodorant before tanning.
  • Sweat, get wet or accidentally wash your hands while it’s developing. The result is a streaky, patchy mess. Not pretty.
  • Use oil based shower gels or moisturisers as they strip off the colour.
  • Sleep on your good bed linen. I highly recommend buying a cheap blanket from K-MART that you cocoon yourself in while you sleep in tan. No more yellow, smelly sheets!
  • Forget about your mitt. Orange hands aren’t cute.

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Words by Kelly McCarren. 

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