In the past, I’d always steered clear of applying fake tan to my face, after all, any mishaps and it’s there for the world to see until you have successfully scrubbed it off – which can take days! But, in a quest to look more sun-kissed this summer (in the absence of much sun!), I decided to do some research into how to apply fake tan to my face and I am pleased to say these tips have served me well, and I hope they help you too!

So, first things first, you need to prepare the skin and it’s best to do this with a simple splash of cold water as it cools down the face and closes your pores. For the best results, it’s best to start applying the tan from the hairline down, working around the face and over your eyes. Whatever you do, don’t forget the back of your neck – no good having a lovely bronzed face but a pasty and pale neck which gives away your ‘fake’ tan! Next, take your favourite moisturiser and apply it to a cotton bud and lightly buff into the brows and hairline.

After you’ve applied the fake tan goodness, it’s best to drink through a straw for a little while to avoid the dreaded white lip line! If it’s more of a subtle glow you are after, we’ve got a trick for that! Simply mix some of your tan in with some moisturiser and apply with a thick foundation brush for a more blended finish which will look so natural and have everyone asking – where have you been on holiday! Now all that’s left to do is leave over night and you’ll wake up looking seriously sun-kissed!

To help prolong your tan, avoid using oils as they will strip your colour and if you are out in the sun or in the water for a prolonged amount of time, e.g. swimming, a water based SPF will help make it last.

To help ensure your skin is in tip top condition before dabbling in the world of fake tan, why not try a SkinBase microdermabrasion treatment which will help improve the appearance of breakouts, blotches and larger pores.Normally skin renews itself approximately every 28 days. By removing dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, The SkinBase Facial™ speeds up the rate at which the skin would normally renew itself – ridding you of tired and dull patches and revealing new, fresh skin and giving a radiant glow – the perfect blank canvas for not only fake tan, but applying makeup and dare we say, going makeup free!

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