Create the Perfect Summer Glow with Self Tanners
Even the most accomplished makeup artists know that it can be intimidating to even consider applying self-tanners to your face.
But if you want a natural sun-kissed glow without actually exposing your skin to the harmful rays of the sun, then learning to master this skill can be useful. Here’s how:
Start by exfoliating the skin – removing the dead skin cells will give the self-tanner a smooth surface for an even application and proper absorbency.
Remove any makeup before getting started. If you have any dry patches, lightly moisturize those with an oil-free location to prevent steaks. Let the moisturizer absorb fully before starting the next step.
Next, using clean finger tips, or a makeup sponge to blend, apply a dime-size amount of self-tanner to the forehead, apples of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and chin. Using a very light touch, blend the product outwards from those points. Remember to blend the self-tanner all the way to the hairline, past the jawline and all the way to the neck and chest to avoid a ‘mask-like’ appearance. Don’t’ forget your ears, unless your hairstyle covers them entirely, they need some attention too.
Now, thoroughly wash your hands immediately after you finish to avoid ‘orange hands’.
Once you’ve got an even covering and everything is well blended, let the self-tanner dry completely before applying any makeup or other products. Dry-time can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the product you use. Once the tanner is fully dried, you can apply makeup, or for a natural affect, add a dab of bronzer to your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks.
Your self-tanner will start developing within30 minutes – some may take longer, depending on the product you select. Some tinted products show immediate results that will develop more as time passes.
Maintaining your Glow
To maintain your sun-kissed, self-tanned glow, avoid using products with retinols and acne treatments. Wash with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the color, and always use a moisturizer.
In time, you will need to refresh your color. To do this, you simply begin the cycle again, starting with exfoliating the skin.
Since you’re working on your face, use the “less is more” approach – start with less product at first. You can always add more later, if needed.
The upper lip area and the nostrils tend to pick up more of the color than other areas, so go easy in these areas with the product.
Avoid your eyelids and eyebrows – these areas tend to turn orange.
If you chose to use a gradual self-tanner, one that builds color over time, you may need several applications before you reach the desired glow.
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