Guest Post: How to Prepare Your Skin for Fake Tan Application

by Bianca & Beau Bronz
For many beauty lovers, fake tan is a make-up bag staple and something that they just can’t bear to be without. It can add a glow to your complexion during the winter months, carefully disguise any blemishes or imperfections, and get you beach-ready in no time at all.

The problem is though, how do you apply it? If you haven’t mastered the knack, you could be risking a fake tan disaster! The secret is actually in the preparation. Here, we talk you through how to prepare your skin for the best results.
If you’re planning to apply fake tan to an area such as your legs, you’ll probably want to shave anyway. When applying the product to a particularly hairy area, it can be a good idea to trim or shave the hair, as it will mean a smoother and more even finish. Make sure that you shave at least 24 hours before using your fake tan. This will ensure that your pores have fully closed.

Many fake tan mistakes are caused by not exfoliating in advance. Dry patches of skin may be unnoticeable to the naked eye, but they can completely ruin your look. Use a large-grained body scrub or an exfoliating sponge. Take care to not be too rough – you should just be removing any dead skin cells on the surface, and can damage new skin if you’re not gentle.


Moisturising is the final step in the fake tanning preparation process, and ensures that your skin is soft and smooth for optimum results. Apply a generous amount to all areas of your body, paying particular attention to elbows, knees and ankles. To prolong the life of your tan, apply moisturiser in the same way every evening once you’ve achieved your desired look.
What about tricky areas?
Some areas of the body are much harder than others when it comes to applying your product. Look out for handy tools that will help you to reach tricky areas such as your back, and always use a full-length mirror to check on your progress as you apply. If you can, get a friend to help you out with your back, as it’s the trickiest area of all.

Do you wear fake tan? How do you prepare your skin for the best results?

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