It can be intimidating to know how to contour using a self-tanner, but it’s actually easy once you know which areas of your body you want to give attention to. That way, you can avoid common self-tanning mistakes and make sure you have an all-over glow that emphasizes your best features. Regardless of whether you’re using the best drugstore contour kit or a higher-end product, read on to learn how to apply contour and highlighter using a self-tanner.
How to Contour Your Body | Self-Tanner Tips to Take Note of
How to Apply Self-Tanner
If you use the right type of self-tanner — and use it in the right way — it can make all the difference to your appearance! Here’s what you need to know when applying a self-tanner:
- Spray 6 inches away from your body to avoid splotches.
- Choose a self-tanner for your skin type; go one shade darker for contouring.
- Remove makeup for a darker face tan or keep makeup on for a subtle glow.
- Use a tanning mitt or dry towel to touch up mistakes. Pat gently and don’t rub!
- Apply lightly to tops of hands and feet and on knees.
- Avoid the ankles, elbows and between the toes.
Contouring the Body
1. Sculpted Face
To sculpt your face, simply spray the dark self-tanner on the cheekbones and along the jawline. The dark self-tanner will give the illusion of a smaller face when applied to these areas.
2. Defined Collarbone
Once you’re done with your face, continue by spraying the tops of your shoulders and along the collarbone. Use a sponge to properly blend the self-tanner.
3. Chiseled Arms
Spray a line underneath the biceps and sparingly on top of the triceps to “chisel out” arm width. Repeat this step on the other arm. Then relax and let dry.
TIP: Flex your arms to easily see where to apply the self-tanner on your biceps and triceps.
4. Fuller Chest
To create “cleavage,” spray and blend the dark self-tanner between breasts. The trick is to create a shadow using a dark self-tanner. Then highlight using a lighter shade of contour cream.
5. Trimmer Torso and Defined Abs
Spray the sides of your torso, from the rib cage to hip bones for a slimmer upper body. Define your abs by spraying a grid-like pattern on the sides of your stomach.
6. Perkier Butt, Slimmer Thighs, and Toned Legs
To have a perkier butt, spray a half circle on the sides of your butt cheeks.
Want to have longer, toned legs? Spray the dark self-tanner on the outside of your thighs, along the calf muscle, and on the center of your shins. You can also use a lighter shade to highlight and emphasize the exposed areas.
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Self-tanner is a safer alternative to getting that sun-kissed glow you covet. Still, you want to make sure you know how to contour using self-tanner to make your tan look natural. Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend!
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