Bad Tan Lines Are No Match For These Self-Tanning Hacks
We’ve all been there: You get back from a fun-filled day at the pool, hop in the shower and dry off, only to find yourself with a few awkwardly placed tan lines. Because summertime is also the season for off-the-shoulder tops and thin-strapped dresses, not to mention — weddings — these inconvenient tan lines can really put a damper on things. Before you panic and wish away sundresses for the season, we’re sharing a step-by-step guide to help you fix those bad tan lines ASAP.
STEP 1: Apply Self-Tanner
By now you know how easy it is to obtain a faux glow with self-tanner. Not only is it great for faking a tan without the sun damage, but self-tanner is also handy when it comes to filling in unwanted tan lines. First, prep your skin the way you would for any self-tanner application — we’re talking about exfoliating. Next, find a shade of self-tanner that matches your skin tone and carefully apply the product to the lighter areas of skin. For extra precision we like using makeup brushes or sponges.
STEP 2: Use a Little Foundation and Bronzer
Once the self-tanner is dry, you may still find the tan lines noticeable, especially on your chest. This is where makeup comes in. Use a blendable foundation to blur the lines and go over the entire area with a bronzer to help blend in the self-tan. We like L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer.
STEP 3: Set Your Products
To keep things in place — especially if it’s a hot, humid day — use a setting spray or powder. For faux tans, we like to use sprays like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray to lock in the color.
The Best Self-Tanning Formulas
Self-tanners are not all the same. To find the right one for you, we’re sharing the best self-tanners for faux bronze skin without the sun damage.
If you’re worried about getting those unwanted tan lines while on vacation, we highly encourage tossing these handy, on-the-go bronzing towelettes into your carry-on bag. The convenient towels deliver a streak-free, natural tan without the hassle. Powered by vitamin E and natural AHA’s, you’ll receive a beautiful and natural-looking tan in less than one hour after use.
The L’Oréal Paris’ Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee is a refreshing, skin-smoothing formula — with AHAs and vitamin E — that offers a streak-free, sunless tan within 2-4 hours after application.
If you’re looking for some extra nourishment in addition to camouflaging those bad tan lines, try L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk. On top of providing a gradual, even bronzed glow, the lotion also works to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Using a self-tanning serum is a no-fuss approach to customizing a faux glow while counteracting the look of unwanted tan lines. This quick-dry serum in particular offers a sun-kissed glow that can last up to two weeks.