We’re constantly being told to stay out of the sun, but there’s something incredibly tempting about a golden beach-y glow. We’ve come to learn that the only safe tan is a fake one, and with summer approaching fast, we turned to make-up guru Bobbi Brown for some tips on how to apply it at home, without the orange streaks.
Step 1: Prepare your skin
It’s important to remove all traces of dry and dead skin before you apply a self-tanning lotion. Start off by exfoliating the areas you’re going to apply the lotion to, and pay particular attention to rougher parts like your knees and elbows. Once you’ve finished, keep your skin clean and dry until the application.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer
Carefully apply a thin layer of product, making sure that you spread it evenly. Once the colour develops, do the same for a second layer. Bobbi’s thought process here is to rather build the colour slowly than start off with a thick layer. Colour that’s applied too thickly often results in streaks that cannot be fixed or minimised.
Step 3: Wash your hands
If any product is left over on your hands (and trust us, there will be), be sure to wash them thoroughly with soap and warm water. Leaving the product on will cause stains in between your fingers and on your palms.
Step 4: Be patient and wait ten minutes
Don’t put your clothes or your make-up on for at least ten minutes after you’ve applied your last coat of colour. Once it stains fabric, it’s very difficult to remove.
Don’t section-off parts of your body, but rather cover all the areas you’re planning to expose. A tanned face and neck does not go with pale ears and pasty legs.
Most self-tan products take about an hour before the colour develops into the shade it’s meant to be, so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t look right straight away.
If the colour is too intense, exfoliate your skin under warm running water in the shower. Pat your skin dry and “clean” it with baby oil or lemon juice to remove too-dark colour.
Check out the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual (2008; Grand Central Life & Style) for more self-tan and make-up tips.