6 Steps to the Perfect Face Tan

If you are a fake tan connoisseur, getting the perfect tan on your body might be as easy as ABC. However, when it comes to the face, applying fake tan on this area can get tricky and intimidating. After all, your face is always on display for everyone to see. What if the tan does not turn out right and you end up looking like you just got splattered with a whole pot of pumpkin soup?


How to Get the Perfect Face Tan

Unfortunately, the only way you can ever master the skill of face tanning is to practice, over and over again. Sure, that means you might have to stay at home for the entire day sometimes because you accidentally overdid it with the fake tan. But, with enough practice, you’ll soon perfect the fake face tan and, combined with a beach-ready bikini body coloured with a golden glow, you’ll always look like you’re ready for the summer.

To get you started on fake face tan skills, check out our guide below:

Step One: Cleanse

Starting with clean skin is vital when you plan to apply fake tan on your face. You don’t want your fake tan to mix with any leftover makeup, dirt or grime, right? That’ll just create a streaky mess on your face — not a good look. Thus, be sure to cleanse your skin before applying your tanning product, either with your facial cleanser or micellar water. Whatever you choose to cleanse your face with, ensure it doesn’t leave any oily film on the skin because this can make it more difficult for you to apply the tanning product.

Step Two: Exfoliate

After cleansing your face, it’s time to scrub off all those dead skin cells. This is an essential step in fake tanning as the build-up of dead skin cells can result in your tanning product becoming streaky when it’s applied onto the skin. You can use your preferred exfoliator, whether it be a physical or chemical one. Just make sure that your exfoliator doesn’t leave a greasy film on your skin. Remember, clean skin is important when you want to fake tan because any oily residue left on the skin will result in streaks when you apply the tanning product.

Step Three: Moisturise

Since exfoliating the skin has the tendency to leave your skin on the drier side, it is advisable for you to follow up with a moisturiser to add the hydration back into your skin. Do this in the morning, before you plan to fake tan. Again, make sure your moisturiser will not leave any oily residue on your skin. To be safe, use an oil-free moisturiser that will sink easily into your skin without leaving any sort of film. When moisturising your face, pay special attention to its crevices such as around your nose as well as your eye area. Don’t forget to moisturise behind your ears too. Extend the moisturiser down to your neck as well as up into your hairline because you will be applying the tanning product on both these areas too.

Step Four: Choose the Right Tanning Product

The tanning product you use on your body is not always compatible to be used on your face as well because the ingredients for the former might be too harsh on your face. Therefore, be sure to check its suitability if you are using your body tanning product. If you are not too familiar with self-tanning, we suggest going with a tanning product that is formulated for the face specifically to lower the risk of adverse reactions.

Step Five: Learn the Right Application Technique

Try to apply your tan in an area that is well-lit, preferably somewhere that has a lot of natural light. This will give you a more accurate representation of the colour of your tan compared to fake tanning under artificial lighting. Once you have found a good spot, squeeze a dollop of the tan — roughly the size of a coin — onto your fingers and apply it all over your face in circular motions, just as you would with your regular moisturiser. Just try to do this quickly to ensure the tan gets distributed evenly over your entire face. And, most importantly, don’t forget to apply the tan onto your neck as well. You don’t want there to be an obvious distinction between the colour of your face and neck, so be very thorough when applying your tan. Double check to see if there are any harsh lines around your jawline to ensure a seamless finish. Once you’re satisfied with your tan, leave it to dry before applying any makeup. Last but not least, remember to wash your hands to prevent them from getting stained with the tan.

Step Six: Maintenance

It is common for the tan on your face to fade at a faster rate than the tan on the rest of your body, particularly if you exfoliate your skin regularly with retinols or alpha hydroxy acids. Thus, maintaining the colour of your tan should be incorporated into your daily routine to ensure the colour of your tan remains one and the same throughout your entire face and body. Do this by mixing a few drops of liquid tanning solution into your regular moisturiser so you get a top-up of colour every time you moisturise your skin.