Faking it – the good, the bad and the orangey!

Tue, 26 October 2010 4:09PM

It isn’t just during racing, bridal season or whenever summer decides to tease us, as a makeup artist I come across a lot of fake tans – the good, the bad and the orangey!

Fake tanning isn’t just about slapping on tanning lotion, rubbing it in and hoping you look somewhere between Gisele and Jennifer! To achieve a flawless tan there’s a whole lot of do’s, don’ts and definitely-need-to-know’s. Whether you choose a salon spray tan or DIY job at home, ensure you don’t end up looking like a walking, talking carrot or cause harm to your skin. Most good salons will always advise you of the performance of the fake tan, however it’s always good to have an understanding yourself and provide as much information as you can that may affect your tanning experience.

Before you tan, DIY or salon:
• ALWAYS do a patch test prior to use, especially if you have never used self tanning products before or if you have sensitive skin.
• Do not use any other self tanning products at least one week prior to application, even if you’re tempted to top-up.
• Do not wax or shave at least 24 hours prior to treatment.
• Exfoliate well prior to application paying particular attention to the elbows, knees and heels and ensure you have no open cuts, wounds or grazes.

If you are going to the salon, your beauty therapist needs to know:
• If you are pregnant or breast feeding, let them know of any allergies or if you have any skin disorders or respiratory problems such as asthma.
• If you have had any recent laser or cosmetic treatment i.e. botox, skin peels, surgery or microdermabrasion.
• If you have recently had any body piercings or tattoos.
• If you have never used self tanning products before.
• If you are wearing contact lenses.
• Ask your therapist if she has any protective covers for the soles of your feet so you don’t get discolouration.

Immediately after your spray tan:
• Wear loose clothing – allow a few minutes for the tan to absorb before dressing.
• Keep skin completely dry, avoid water contact and moisturising products or treatments during tan development.
• Allow tan to develop for at least six to eight hours or overnight.
• Avoid activities that make you perspire.

After your tan has developed:
• Rinse off any remaining colour with warm/hot water. Once the water runs clear, gently wash with a mild soap.
• Avoid products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) as they can strip colour.
• Be aware that chlorine in swimming pools can fade your tan.

Most importantly always wear SPF over your tan to protect yourself from harmful UV rays; just because you’re a bronzed goddess it doesn’t mean you are UV protected.

Happy Tanning!
Nicola x

Nicole Burford is a makeup artist and the wonderful PRIMPED PRO starring in our How To: Master Mineral Makeup LIVESTREAM video.

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  • Posted by: LwZ // Tue, 26 October 2010 08:35pm

    I will never understand why people want to fake being tanned… A tan is a sign of damaged skin… why would anyone want to ‘fake’ the look of damaged skin. Would you show off a ‘fake’ cigarette?

  • Posted by: goddessmagick Enthusiast // Wed, 27 October 2010 03:34pm

    Great article. Fake tanning of all types DIY, salon etc can look shockers when done wrong. Love the tips here. Saw the worst fake tan on my SIL last weekend, totally oompah loompa+ Sometimes people try too hard and just get it plain wrong.

  • Posted by: Danni Master Fan // Mon, 31 January 2011 07:23pm

    Most of my DIY tans fall into the ‘orangey’ category I think!

  • Posted by: sumaya Master Fan // Wed, 9 March 2011 01:50pm

    I am really white but i love it, being tanned doesn’t suit everyone.

  • Posted by: SorayaRosalie Enthusiast // Sat, 2 April 2011 07:49pm

    Sad that society still promotes the tanned look considering how bad it is for you. I rest well in the knowledge that whilst the people who are getting tans now might look nicer when I’m older my skin will thank me for always wearing sunscreen.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sun, 3 April 2011 09:15pm

    Lol! Fake tan is too much work from reading the above :)

  • Posted by: tinamiller Enthusiast // Mon, 13 June 2011 09:45pm

    I haven’t seen a fake tan that looks good yet…my hubby calls fake tans..Tandoori Tans!

  • Posted by: sezaluke90 Enthusiast // Wed, 22 June 2011 12:28pm

    how does a tan affect pregancey & breast feeding cos ive never heard of that being a need to know before?

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Sat, 16 July 2011 10:55am

    thats very interesting about the products containing AHAs stripping colour -makes a lot of sense to me why sometimes my colour came off really easily and othertimes not!

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Wed, 31 August 2011 10:34pm

    I dislike fake tan, love the skin you’ve been given!

  • Posted by: angelclarice Enthusiast // Tue, 24 January 2012 05:09am

    Everyone is going to have their own opinion on what suits them best, this article is good so you know before you try it.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 9 August 2013 02:42pm

    I love a good fake tan. I think most people that use these type of products have found themselves with orange skin at one time or another.
    Thankfully tanning products are getting better and better.

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