What Should I Do If I Mess Up My Self-Tan Application?

Self-tanning is always risky business. Even the most experienced tanners have encountered streaky finishes and unnatural colours. If you want your tan gone completely, we're here to help!

Self-tanning is always risky business. Even the most experienced tanners have encountered streaky finishes and unnatural colours. If you want your tan gone completely, we're here to help!

 

What Should I Do If I Mess Up My Self-Tan Application?


My tan is too orange or too muddy. What can I do?


The bottle looked great, and you thought the product would be the perfect colour match. But unfortunately, once developed, your tan has turned that little bit orange, muddy, or simply too dark. Don't worry; not all is lost!

Your tan will fade naturally in the upcoming days. But if you want a quick fix to lighten things, take a hot bath and pour some fresh lemon juice into it.

The lemon juice will work as a natural bleach to help lighten the skin, whilst the hot water will help your skin shed more quickly. Be sure to follow up with a light exfoliant to ensure your new, lighter tan is still even.

For an even quicker fix, use a cool-toned body bronzer to reduce warm, orangey tones. This may not be the most long-lasting solution, but if you're having a night out and need results now, it will definitely help! We recommend lightly dusting on Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Powder.


My face has tanned unevenly. Help!


This might seem to be the hardest self-tan mishap to hide, but luckily, you have makeup on your side to do all the work. A tinted moisturiser such as Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer will help to even out any blotchiness on your face.

Concentrate on buffing the product into problem areas such as the jawline and neck that tend to tan the most. Avoid using bronzer or blusher on your face, as this may only accentuate any unevenness.

 

What Should I Do If I Mess Up My Self-Tan Application?

 

My hands, wrists, feet and ankles are all blotchy.


This is one of the most common self-tan disasters but one that's quite easy to fix. First, give the problem areas a good exfoliation. Then apply a small amount of your self-tanner to a cotton pad and lightly buff it into the skin.

Don't apply tanner directly to the wrists or ankles. Instead, work from the shins and forearms in order to create a gradual and natural transition.


I've done it all wrong and want to start again. How can I remove my fake tan?


If you feel like you can't fix your fake tan, you may want to start from scratch. Try ModelCo Exfoliate & Tan Remove Body Wipes, which promise to remove any unwanted colour with no hassle or fuss.

Alternatively, why not pamper yourself with the St Tropez Tan Detox Kit? You may as well make a nice evening of it, right?


My self-tan started off nice but is now fading unevenly. How can I stop this?


good self-tan needs a fair amount of upkeep to ensure it lasts for a long time and fades evenly. Lightly exfoliate every 2 to 3 days. We recommend using Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush to buff the skin before and after a tan.

Everyone makes mistakes when they first start to self-tan, but it's never too late to learn, and there's no problem that can't be fixed. Once of the best things about self-tanners is that they're only temporary, so your mistakes are only temporary too!

 

What Should I Do If I Mess Up My Self-Tan Application?