Do It Like A Pro: 3 Steps to Perfect Self-Tanner
A flawless fake color is easier than you think. Just follow this advice from Fiona Locke, St. Tropez tanning expert.
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1. Prep Your Body
Slough away dead cells using an oil-free body scrub.
If your nails aren't polished, cover them with a thin layer of lotion to prevent discoloration.
Swipe lotion over any places on your face or body that are naturally darker or drier than the rest of your skin, so they don't overabsorb color.
2. Perfect Your Application
Invest in a self-tanning mitt (try Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt, $6.50; Sephora.com) to help distribute the product evenly.
When applying to knees and elbows, bend them to smooth the skin.
For the most natural-looking results on your face, combine a little self-tanner with your morning moisturizer.
3. Preserve Your Glow
Your tan will last longer if your skin is hydrated, so moisturize daily. Look for a product containing DHA (the darkening ingredient in self-tanner) to keep your color fresh.
Lightly exfoliate with a gentle scrub once a week to prevent color buildup, which can cause an orange cast to develop over time.
Ready to get glowing?
Try St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil ($50; Sephora.com), Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze ($42; Dior.com), Suave Professionals Visible Glow Self-Tanning Body Lotions ($7 to $8.50; drugstores) or Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glotion for Body ($38; Sephora.com).