4 Self-Tanning Rules for Beginners


These days you can get a quality tan at home. But your results depend on two things: the product that you use as well as the way that you apply it. Before you start tanning away there are a few things that you should know about self-tanning. You don’t have to go to a professional, we are letting you all everything that you need to know before you start self-tanning. These tips will help you achieve the results that you want with a minimum amount of self-tanning faux pas!

Rule #1: Tan proof your space

Fake tanning can be a little bit messy. Fake tan products are created for use on the skin and they can be extremely difficult to get out of fabrics if you accidentally spill them. Before you start to fake tan any part of your body you should ensure that you aren’t going to be sitting on any surface that you don’t want to get stained. For example: you should not fake tan while sitting on your bedspread, duvet, or a fabric covered chair.

Applying your fake tan in the bathroom is a safe method. That way you don’t have to worry about spilling any of the fake tan on your furniture and you will have a mirror to look into which will help you have more control over where the product is going. If you must apply the product in your bedroom or living room you should put plastic over your furniture to protect it.

Rule #2: Don’t wear clothes that you are afraid to ruin

As we established in the first rule, fake tan can be tricky to get out of fabric. Something that you should never do is to wear expensive clothes or items that you would miss if they were ruined. You should also steer clear of wearing clothing that is white or a light color as a stain would be more prominent on those types of colors. Wear clothes that you put on to go work in the yard, old sweats, or worn in pajamas. If you are a self-tan beginner you might make a few mistakes and if you are wearing old worn in clothes you don’t have to worry about it.

If you are putting fake tan on the majority of your body you can even just wear your underwear. However if you are putting fake tan on your entire body you should remove all of your clothes before you start putting the fake tan on. If you try to remove articles of clothing halfway through the process and you have fake tan on your hands you will definitely end up staining your clothes.

Rule #3: Pick the right color

You don’t want to end up with a tan that looks unrealistic. The tan should appear to be a natural glow not like you’ve slathered a colored product all over your body. You need to choose a color that will compliment your natural coloring as well as the color of your hair and eyebrows. The product is applied on top of your skin so your natural skin color is the base for how the tan will look in the end. Before choosing the fake tan product that you want to use you should consider how many shades darker you want to be and choose a product that corresponds with how dark you want to go. You should also consider how the tone of the product will look with you hair and eyebrows. If cool tones work well with your hair your color go for that tone and if warm/orange tones compliment your hair choose a fake tan that is on the orange side.

Fake Tan

It can be a little bit difficult to know what shade and tone will work best with your skin if you have never used fake tan before. The shade just depends on the result that you want.

  • If you want the tan to be natural go one or two shades darker than your natural skin.
  • If you want it to be a bit more dramatic go three to five shades darker that your skin.

One way to determine what tone to go with is to use your foundation as a guide. Is your foundation cool or warm?

  • If it is cool you should stay away from orange toned fake tan products.
  • If your foundation is warm then orange fake tans are your friend.

If you don’t know what tone your foundation is just ask for the opinion of a friend or ask for help when you get to the store.

Also See – How to Lighten Your Skin by Removing Sun Tan?

Rule #4: Read all of the directions and labels

The final step for fake tan beginners is to read all of the labels and directions on the product before you use it. You should read all of the labels to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients and you should read all of the directions to ensure that you apply the product properly. The directions that come with the product will tell you how to put in on and well as the amount of time that you need for the product to set.

Hope you like these rules and will follow them carefully. Enjoy self-tanning with care!


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