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How to Fake a Summer Tan

Here we run down 5 tips for self-tanning your face & body:

Tip #1: Salon tans are your best bet If you want a flawless, professional application & can afford the price, head to a spa or salon. For upwards of $60, you can get one of many options: Full body exfoliation & professional application of self-tanner, airbrush bronzing (where an aesthetician sprays a fine mist of tanner over your entire body), or your least expensive option: Spray tanning. You can step into a booth & get sprayed on all sides for about $20 a session or more.

Tip #2: How to use self-tanner on your face  This is a 3-step process. First, prep skin by gently cleansing & exfoliating. Skip moisturizer, which may interfere with the tanner. Step 2 blend a few drops of self-tanner & equal parts moisturizer in the palm of your hand then apply over your face & neck. You only want to go one shade darker than your natural color. Step 3: Let color develop for 3 hours then follow up with a sweep of bronzer on forehead, cheeks & nose -- areas where the sun naturally shines.
Don't forget: Smooth remaining tanner over earlobes & upper ears. Wash hands thoroughly. Don't skip the sunscreen.

Tip #3: How to self-tan your body  For this 3-step process, start by exfoliating skin with a body scrub in the shower paying special attention to rough areas including knees & elbows (dry skin absorbs higher concentrations of tanner). Apply tanner limb by limb, starting with your legs. Apply over the shin & calf of a leg, sweeping tanner down over your ankle, foot & toes. Then apply tanner to your thigh from front to back, using the excess to cover your knee. Repeat on your other leg. For the final step, apply tanner to your hips, stomach & torso, following with your shoulders & arms. Wait 10 minutes to dry before dressing.

Extra tip: Give arms, legs & decolletage a subtle glow with a body shimmer.

Tip #4: Pick the right tanner  There are several types of tanners: Tanners created just for the face, airbrushers, cream tans, bronzing gel, tinted tans & tan enhancers. There's body shimmer & bronzing powder. You can layer tanners as colors fade. How? Appoy a lotion then follow with bronzing powder or shimmer. Just be careful not to go too dark.

Tip #5: So you messed up, uh-oh  If you end up with a streaky tan, you can fix with an astrigent toner or even toothpaste. Exfoliate to even out a patchy application. Not dark enough? Repeat the procedure. Just make sure you gave the tan enough time to develop.