Sunday, 25 December 2011

Tanning Tips & Application

So following on from my recent St.Moriz Review i promised a further post on application and tips .

Self tanning should look natural that is my first and most important (obvious) statement, no one wants to be asked what self tan they use you want people to think you have gone away, this in my eyes is a sign that you are doing it right!

Secondly i will start off by talking about tan intensities, it is very important to understand what tan intensity will suit your features as the wrong shade is one of the most obvious give aways that you self tan, i understand sometimes its hard not to get carried away and although most of us dream to be exotic golden goddesses...for some of us it just really isnt a look that can be pulled off...naturally, for some of us going au naturel in terms of skin tone really is the best and most flattering option! (see examples)...and if you really dont care about whether you look like a TOWIE reject then this post...and this blog isnt for you.

Here are examples of what i mean by tan 'intensities' suiting different ethnic features:

Nicola Roberts. Her look is very 'Caucasian' ,Possibly describe her as having english rose type features.

This is Nicola in her early Girls Aloud Days where she subdued to the pressures of tanning to look like her fellow band mates
In my opinion this tone doesn't really suit her features it looks really unnatural and makes her eyebrows look almost non existent.

Her natural colour ...

Her face instantly looks brightened up her features look softer and her skin tone really suits her eye and hair colour now.

Here is another example using Christina Aguillera, again the paler complexion really flatters her features and even makes her nose look smaller and makes her eyes stand out.

So as you can see it is very important to carefully select your intensity in relation to your features, don't be scared to look paler as not everyone suits a dark tan or even a tan at all!

In terms of application this is my fool proof way of applying self tanner, i have never gone wrong with this and have developed this process over years of trial and error!

Firstly: Things you will need

  • A Thick/Rich moisturiser . I would recommend Nivea creme, or (my new fav): Astral All over Moisturiser
  • Tanning Mitt
  • Back Scrub Brush
  • Hair Band

Take your moisturizer and apply to dry area's  such as :

  • Feet
  • Knee's
  • Elbow's
  • Under Arm's (Arm Pit's) & also area where top of arm joins upper torso as this area tends to collect a lot of build up.
I took it upon myself to show you a little demonstration of where the cream should be applied on the highlighted areas of this lovely picture of an old 1950'3 barbie! ha

After Moisturizing these area's, the thick moisturizer should sit on your skin longer then a regular lotion so should provide a sufficient barrier when tanning protecting these dry from becoming over pigmented with your self tanner of choice!

After the prepping :on to the tanning! Get your hands on your favourite mitt and apply as normal i usually do 2 pumps per area ie: bottom legs, thighs , stomach, entire arms etc as i like my tan to be fairly dark as i cannot be bothered to go through all this hassle for a 'little' glow!

Using only the residue to go over the feet or the teeniest pump the size of a peach stone and blend well , your skin should still be moist from the cream so work with blending the tan together with that .

After blend a tiny amount of moisturizer again over the 'dry bits' to truly dilute the colour down on these areas .

After you have done that grab your Back Scrub Brush and pop your tanning mit on the end of it (bristles and mitt front facing) then cut your Hair band so its just one long string and now tie the end of the mitt so its now securely attached to the Brush.
See demo pic:

...please ignore the grubby state of my mitt haha its loved and used on a regular basis!

Use this new cool tool i invented haha to get the hard to reach back areas carefully blending away infront of a mirror to make sure there are no streaks!

After all that you then wash your hands and carefully dry them. 
This removes all tanning product that may have found its way onto your hands, you should be left with a visible line from where you've washed your hands to your tanned arms blend this with your moisturizer then proceed to moisturize hands also 
(not to heavily!)
Now take a teeny amount of product and blend onto hands well make sure u get in-between all fingers (red area) then do a fist and go over ur fingers (blue areas) as usually this area gets streaks if you just apply it with a straight stretched out hand! Tanners will understand what i mean!
See demo pic:

And your DONE! now stick some loose clothes on or sleep in a bath robe and lay a towel down if you dont want to stain your sheets or not if you dont mind washing them the next day!
This gives your tan the whole night to develop and then you can just get in the shower and gently soap off the colour guide with a sponge/loofah.

Be sure to moisturize regularly or at least the day after youve tanned ie. the day you wash off the guide as this will help the tan last longer and ensure it doesnt go scaley!

I went into as much detail about my technique as possible so i really hope this helps you all! hope you enjoyed the post!

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