Self Tanning Tips for Every Skin Tone

Self Tanning TipsJust as different skin types require different cleaning and moisturizing processes, your skin tone dictates the best way to apply self tanner for  gorgeous, natural-looking results.

With that in mind, let’s go over some of the most common skin tones, and the best self tanning tips for each one!

Fair Skin Tone

Skin that’s lighter in color is less forgiving when it comes to self tanning flaws, which makes following the process critical if you want your skin tone to look its best.

First, you’ll need to exfoliate to remove dead skin, shaving or waxing at least one full day prior to self tanning so the product goes on smoothly.

Additionally, you’ll probably want to start with a light shade that gradually tans, applying it daily until you reach the color you want as opposed to going too dark too quick.

Be sure to wear applicator gloves and put on enough to cover all of your skin equally, as stripes are generally caused by not using enough and trying to spread it too thin.

Do all this and your pale skin will be looking tanned and fabulous in no time!

Medium Skin Tone

Although skin tones that are a little darker aren’t going to show self tanning flaws as easily, you still want to follow the basic process to get the best results.

This includes exfoliating and using cleansing products that are mineral oil free so that the tanner goes on smoothly.

To keep joints, hands, and feet from getting darker than the rest of your skin, put moisturizer on these areas prior to applying self tanner.  You can also mix in your self tanner with your favorite moisturizer.

This will create a barrier for the color so that you have an even glow across your entire body.

Dark Skin Tone

Self tanner can help even out patches on dark skin, increasing its radiance and glow.

Contrary to what you may think though, you don’t need a dark self tanner to do the trick as lighter options can produce just the right finish on your skin, leaving you looking radiant and beaming.

Darker skin tones are the most forgiving when it comes to mistakes, but you still need to be careful when applying.

Which Self Tanner To Use With These Self Tanning Tips?

If you’re still unsure which self tanning products to use or want more guidance, you should check out our list of the 10 best self tanners.

And if you’d like to learn more tips about how to apply these products, be sure to check out our page on how to self tan.  It explains the process in detail so you know exactly what to do every step of the way.

This will help give you a flawless finish no matter what your skin tone.

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