Khloe Kardashian’s latest useful beauty hack is for self tanning to maintain a beautiful, sun-kissed glow. Billboard shares a definitive guide to tanning, straight from the star’s sunless tanning expert herself. If you need to know how to self-tan at home, we’ve got you covered.
Self Tanning Tips | An Expert’s Guide
Sure getting a dose of vitamin D from the sun’s rays is fine, but prolonged sun exposure will, unfortunately, wreak havoc on our skin. Self-tanner is a viable option to get a glowy, bronze complexion that can get you beach (or poolside) ready in no time at home. We spoke with sunless tanning expert Marissa Carter, a beauty guru and founder of Cocoa Brown, the self-tanner line favored by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, and celebrity makeup artist Joyce Bonelli, who works with Nicki Minaj, Selma Hayek, and top model Jourdan Dunn.
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A sun-kissed bronze color is achieved by lazing around on a beach. The first thing that comes to mind in some far-off beach, their hair blowing in the warm breeze. The thing is, a celebrity tan takes a bit more than that. A busy schedule can’t always accommodate a lengthy beach lounge, and that’s where tanning specialists like Marissa Carter come in. In the Billboard article above, she enumerates the three-step process to achieving a glowing, beautiful bronze complexion.
Self Tanning Tips | Achieve The Perfect Tan!
Self tanning is not as simple as slathering or spraying a product. The thing about a bad “fake” tan is that it’s obvious, it’s visible, and it’s recognizable. According to Carter, self tanning has 3 parts:
- Skin Preparation
- Product Application
- Tan Maintenance
All three parts are integral to achieving a tan that is not only vibrant but also long-lasting. Check out the article for a more detailed description. When it comes to tanning, some people prefer to learn through trial and error, but a tanning disaster is often an unsightly and costly mistake. It’s an error that you — and everyone who spots it from a mile away — won’t easily forget.
How do you know if you did a good self tanning job? The answer is: if no one could tell.
What are the telltale signs of a (bad) sunless tan?
- Patchy or streaky tan, with color accumulating in the elbows, knees, and ankles
- Color-tinted palms and nails
- The hue is too dark or too orange for the skin
- The tan fades unevenly
- Hands do not match the color of the rest of the body
- Color accumulating on the hairline
- White top lip, ears, temples, and back
- Stained clothes
Skin Care and Proper Application: Key to a Lasting Tan
Self tanning tips help you make the most out of this exciting DIY process. Don’t forget to choose a high-quality product, and to consider every useful tip out there. First-time spray tanners should not hesitate to have it done by professionals and to ask questions before the procedure.
Still on the fence about spray tanning? A lot of people experiment with natural products such as tea and coffee to create all-natural tanning lotions. These tanning products are cheap and non-permanent. If you think that is for you, don’t hesitate to try it out.
Beauty blogger MissJessicaHarlow has been self tanning for a long time now. Watch this video to benefit from the advice she wishes she could have given her younger tan-loving self:
Do you have tips for fellow self tanners? Do you have questions for experienced self tanners? Share them in the comments section below.