How To Apply Fake Tan: The Beauty Team’s Top Tips

I bet everyone reading this has used fake tan at some point in time, but do you really know how to apply fake tan properly? It might seem simple, but there are actually a whole host of tips and tricks that need to be done in preparation for your flawless faux glow. Even the best fake tans aren’t going to get you a just-stepped-off-the-beach healthy bronzed bod unless you prep, prep, prep!

So, with that in mind, we have put together our top tips so that you can go from pasty to bronzed goddess like a pro. Happy tanning!

1. Exfoliate
Preparation for tanning should begin 24 hours in advance. Prep your skin by waxing where necessary and exfoliating. We love the classic St Ives Apricot Body Scrub, £5.49, it’s gentle but it does the job – plus it smells delicious. You’ll jump out the shower feeling ready to hit the beach.


St Ives Body Scrub St Ives Body Scrub


2. Moisturise

Use a good moisturiser to make sure your skin is supple, soft and acts as a good base for your tan. Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion, £4.49, is a definite top all-rounder in the moisturiser stakes. Another handy tip: pop a bit of Vaseline on particularly dry areas like elbows and between the cracks in your fingers to prevent unsightly orange patches!

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion



3. Research

Finding the right self-tanning product can be daunting for first-timers. Our advice is to research your products well, find out what you want, and just do a bit of trial and error! In our experience you can’t go wrong with the classic St. Tropez range, we especially love the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, £14.50.

St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan


4. Apply before bed

Pop the tan on before you go to bed, the product should have time to sink in while you sleep and in the morning, jump straight in the shower and pat gently dry once out. Just be sure to wear old dark pyjamas and use those Primark bed sheets you’ve been keeping at the back of the cupboard!

5. Be prepared to start again!

With all beauty regimes, a lot of our know-how comes from going wrong and trying again. So in this case, use a product such as St. Tropez Tan Remover, £10.50, to get rid of any areas gone wrong. Practice makes perfect!

St. Tropez Tan Remover St. Tropez Tan Remover


Erin Salisbury