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The Ultimate Guide to Self Tanning For an Event

Tanning for an event carries a little more pressure than your day-to-day tan. I've broken down the essentials to taking your tan up a notch for your holiday events.


If you're getting waxed (oh la la) or a manicure, or even shaving your legs- do that before starting your self-tanner application. All of those treatments will remove a layer of skin cells (aka your tan) and can causes uneven patches. 


If you want a natural, subtle glow, go with our  6% DHA Tan Extending Lotion. If you want some serious color, go with our Tanning Mousses. And if you really want to watch draws job, layer the mousse! Always use an applicator mitt for a smooth, streak-free finish and to avoid icky oompa loompa hands!

Now, don't forget about your face. You'll either want to apply the mousse or our Facial Tanning Serum to keep things even- but keep in mind your face is naturally 2-3 shades lighter than your body. Applicator options here are a velvet mitt, a synthetic makeup brush, or a makeup sponge. 


Everyone's biggest fear: being splotchy. The easiest way to avoid this is to have a game plan. Start at your ankles and work your way up the body (check here if you need to go back to tanning your hands/feet). I work in a circular motion, so: right leg, left leg, left arm, right arm, Torso, back, and back down to the leg. 


So you really want to show up full-on bronze goddess? You're going to want to layer tanning mousse. The goal is to build the tan over 1-2 days until you reach your desired color. There are different ways to go about layering, but no matter what, you want to make sure the previous tanner has dried before applying your next layer. You can put on multiple layers in one day or, my personal favorite, apply over 2 days. I like to apply, wait 8 hours, rinse (no soap), then apply another layer. This washes off the instant bronzer and gives better absorption for the new coat. It also gets rid of any self-tanner smell that might have crept in during the marinating period and reduces the risk of transfer (which is necessary if you're wearing white).

Follow these steps and you should have the tan of your dreams for this holiday season. As always, if you have any additional questions, our inbox is always open