How to apply fake tan perfectly every time – 6 simple steps

Say bye to patchy knees and orange hands…

Written by Liv Grady

April 10, 2021

how to apply fake tan every time

Let’s face it, we deffo won’t be going abroad this year, the only tan we will be getting will be coming straight from a bottle. Even though we can’t sun ourselves on a beach in Ibiza, we can at least create a streak-free tan that looks like we have a natural golden glow. Take a look at our easy guide and discover how to apply fake tan perfectly every single time.

If you steer away from false tan, due to the fear of streaky sheets, patchy knees and orange hands, girl we got you. Put the past fake-tan traumas behind you, crack out a new tanning mitt and start working for that sunkissed glow.

Whether you are prepping for your first big night out after lockdown, or you just wanna look a little less pasty at the park with your friends, take a look at our step by step guide and get that glow girl.

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How to apply fake tan flawlessly

Follow our six simple steps and get yourself a natural looking tan without the streaks.

  1. Exfoliate your whole body
  2. Hydrate the dry patches
  3. Use a mitt
  4. Dry tan with a hairdryer or fan
  5. Wipe away excess product

1. Exfoliate your whole body

Exfoliating before tanning can make a world of difference to your finished look. Use loofa and an exfoliator to scrub off any dead skin cells. Dead skin causes a patchy looking finish, so the more you can remove, the better. Rinse your body with cool water and a light oil-free body wash to close your pores.

2. Hydrate the dry patches

Your driest areas such as your knees, knuckles and elbows tend to hold a lot of colour, making your tan look patchy and uneven. You can minimise this by applying an oil-free, lightweight moisturiser to the areas.

3. Use a tanning Mitt

A tanning mitt always comes in handy (literally). It seems pretty obvious, but the shape of your hand and fingers is what causes streaks on your body. Using a mitt gives you a smooth, flat surface area, providing flawless coverage. Start at your feet and work your way upwards, using long strokes.

4. Dry tan with a hairdryer

This one might sound a little obscure, but trust us, it works. Most streaks and uneven patches occur when your fake tan is drying. No matter how careful you try to be, it’s almost impossible not to smudge your product on your dressing gown or towel. Try drying yourself with the cool setting on your hairdryer or using a room fan.

5. Wipe away excess product

If you still have leftover fake tan on your hands or anywhere else you don’t want it, just use an oil-free makeup wipe to tidy up the residue. Remember to clean up particularly pesky areas such as your cuticles and inbetween your fingers and toes.

There you have it, you’ll never have to deal with streaky legs again. Did you know that you can also get your fake tan from Missguided. We stock loads of big brand names including Bondi Sands and St Tropez.