It's 2019, fake tan faux pas are no longer acceptable.
When it comes to fake tan, there have been major improvements made over the years. The once-patchy spray-on tan has transformed into every texture imaginable - all providing a faux glow many believe to be real.
You rarely see people so orange they look like their beauty icon is someone between Jessica Simpson and sweet potato.
Still, no matter how long you've been practising the art of self-tanning, mistakes are inevitable. As much as we hate to admit it, orange streaks, mucky elbows, and awkward stains in between your fingers and toes are all apart of the process.
While fake tan mistakes are unfortunate, they are by no means permanent. Whether you're a bridesmaid in your sister's wedding and she has demanded that each member of her wedding party is tanned or you're panicking because your daily dose of fake tan is making your orange fingers seem like your diet consists of - and only of - Dorritos, we've got a solution for you.
Keep scrolling for a list of all the worst fake tan mistakes you're definitely making and how to fix them.
That cliché saying your teacher, lecturer, parent and Granny instilled into you as a child "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail" should have been invented for tanning. If you don't exfoliate or pay attention to key areas and close off those pores, the results will be streaky, uneven and darker where you don't want it to be.
Shave at least 12 hours before your tan to allow those leg and underarm pores times to close. In fact, you can even rinse off with cold water and pat dry before the tan to make super sure your pores are definitely closed.
Using Too Little Tan
If you’re a self-tanning newbie - or coming back to it after a brief hiatus - you probably think it’s a good idea to start slow. Wrong.
Skimping on the false tan can actually result in streaks and stripes. The concentration of DHA in the formula of your tan, not the amount you apply, determines how dark your skin will be. So using a pea-sized amount on your whole thigh combined with the over-rubbing causes streaks to appear when dry.
Leaving The House, ASAP
Your new tan needs six to eight hours to develop. So until then, consider yourself under house arrest. Hot weather and heavy sweating can cause self-tanner to drip and dry that way.
Even putting on shoes will remove any self-tanner that the inner part of the shoe touches - so, working out is out of the question too, as is going for a swim. Instead, crack open a bottle of wine, slip on a pair of tracksuit bottoms, and queue up Netflix. #selfcare
Not Washing Your Mitt
You wash your makeup brushes, beauty blender, towels and t-shirts after every use, so the same goes for your mitt. Using a dirty mitt loaded with old tan leads to splotchy, uneven tan. After every use, hand-wash a mitt with soapy water, rinse it and let it air-dry.
'I Don't Want Tan on My Hands' Tanning Mitt, €10.99, B.Tan - SHOP
Choosing Your Tan Based On Shade
If you're naturally fair, it can seem like it makes sense to opt for a lighter shade to avoid going to the dark side. But playing it safe could mean that your self-tanning efforts barely register since shades are labelled according to intensity, not your existing skin tone. That's where choosing the right brand for you comes in.
When looking at tanning brands be selective and always choose a brand that has added skincare benefits. The better condition your skin is in, the longer your tan will last. b.tan as a tanning brand prides itself on "no gimmicks, no added "nasties, no animal testing - just the darkest tans in town" meaning that no matter what product you choose, you are guaranteed to achieve your desired shade.
Gradual Glow Mouses, €14.99, B.Tan - SHOP
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