Self-tanning your body may be an easy thing to do, especially if you’re doing it right from the very beginning. But self-tanning your face is a whole new ballgame. You need to consider the skin color on your face and which color will work best with your current hair color. Here’s how to tan your face without looking burnt or orangy like an Oompa-Loompa.
How To Tan Your Face Safely | A Helpful Guide
Step 1: Prep Your Skin
A key factor of a successful tan is the state of your skin. This is why tanning experts recommend prepping your skin before self-tanning or scheduling a tan with a professional. Uneven skin might make your face’s color splotchy. Ahead of your scheduled face tan, get a professional basic facial to remove dead skin cells and re-tighten your opened pores.
If you’re getting your face pricked, do it at least a day before to give your face time to heal. You can also do this DIY facial at home too:
- In a bowl of boiling water, add a few drops of concentrated tea tree oil and one-half of lemon juice.
- Face to the steam for 10-15 minutes while covering a towel over you.
- Massage a baking soda paste on your face for a good while, then wash it off.
- Prepare another bowl of boiling water and put 6-8 basil leaves.
- Once the water cools down, fish the basil leaves out and leave them on your face for 10-20 minutes.
- Remove the leaves and pat your face dry with a paper towel.
Step 2: Put off Putting Anything at This Point
Yes, especially makeup. Sure, you’ll feel naked without your drawn eyebrows or fake eyelashes. Makeup, on the other hand, may contain oil or ingredients that could act as a barrier. Also, you don’t want your makeup to counteract with the tanning lotion if you do decide on self-tanning with a spray tan or cream.
Step 3: Eat or Drink Now
It would be difficult to eat or drink in your newly tanned face after the process. Moreover, you might cause unnecessary wrinkles or lines you would not want on your face. If you have to drink after the tan, use a straw to assist you.
Step 4: Go Easy on the Tanning
Constantly check your face’s color with a handheld mirror to see if you achieved the right color. Use a separate brush and self-tanner that’s lightweight and in perfect color to your skin. Some brands also offer tanning lotions with SPF and other skin care ingredients great for your face.
Step 5: Contour with a Darker Self-Tanner
Sometimes, a little color can give more definition to your face. Get a darker shade of your tanning lotion and buff it in areas like your forehead, your cheeks, and the sides of your nose. You can also blend the darker shade on your jawline to make your lower features pronounced.
Step 6: Give Your Skin Time to Take in the Tan
The tan will dry faster if you apply it in a circular motion. The results are also better and even if you apply it in a circular motion. You can also use a small fan or a blow dryer in a cool setting for the tan to dry faster.
Step 7: Pay Attention to Your Neck Too
Your self-tanner and moisturizer will help you out blur obvious color lines achieved via self-tanning. Mix equal parts moisturizer and tanning lotion and apply them to the whole neckline. Slather well to a point the color of your newly tanned face blends well with your body’s skin tone.
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If you’re scared of trying a face tan, you can always practice using a washable tanning lotion. Otherwise, follow the tips to a T and you’ll get that natural glow without too much makeup. A great face tan also involves consistent after-care, so do practice it as well until your next touch up.
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