Thursday, July 11, 2013

Guest Post: Olivia Golding

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a guest post for you from Olivia, a budding fashion writer working to build her portfolio.  I am delighted to have her contribute on Tesori Belle. 



Now that summer’s here there are no excuses when it comes to your beauty routine and if you want to show some skin in shorts and pretty camisole tops, you need to look after yourself. That means buffing those pins, painting those toenails and toning up that stomach.

While these things are a bit of a chore, they’re not difficult and you instantly feel revitalised when you’re done (well, I do anyway). But unfortunately there’s one summer beauty update that really feels like a real drag… and it’s applying fake tan.

I rely on fake tan to give me a bit of a glow during the summer months, but the problem is, getting an impeccable streak-free tan isn’t easy and it takes time and preparation to get it right.

So, here’s my ultimate guide to applying fake tan. There are no weird tricks or anything here, it’s just the basic routine you need to get your summer tan spot on.
Plan in advance

It’s no good scrubbing and shaving immediately before you apply fake tan and expecting it to turn out perfectly. You need to do these things the evening (or morning) before so your skin has a chance to recover.
Exfoliate thoroughly

Exfoliation is one of the most important steps when applying fake tan. If you don’t, it’ll get absorbed by the extra proteins in dry areas of skin (like knees, ankles and elbows) leaving a patchy finish. Exfoliating gets rid of any dead skin cells that have built up, giving you a smooth and even surface to work with.

Make sure your exfoliator doesn’t contain oil though, as this’ll leave residue on your skin which will affect the results of your tan.

Dry and moisture-free

Although moisturising in the days leading up to your tan application is great to keep your skin soft and smooth, avoid it immediately before your application. Any moisture on the skin will lead to patches, which are never a good look.

Similarly, make sure your skin is completely dry if you’re applying fake tan after having a shower – your skin should be clear, fresh and free of any other products.

Think circles

Apply your fake tan in a circular motion rather than scrubbing up and down. Gently blend in this motion, but without going overboard. A few gentle circles are enough to get the perfect finish – it’ll be absorbed by your skin itself.

Wear loose clothing

One of the worst things you can do is apply fake tan, then slip on a pair of leggings and a vest to relax in. Baggy clothes all the way people! Pick up a cheap black jersey dress to wear after giving your tan around ten minutes to dry.
Time it right

Make sure you give yourself time to apply your tan, if you rush you’ll miss bits and if you start getting stressed and sweaty, you’ll have a blotchy finish. The evening is the best time to apply as you can then wait until the next morning to have a shower.


To keep your tan looking good and ensure it fades evenly, apply moisturiser every day to keep your skin smooth (make sure you wait 12 hours after application before you start though).

And that’s it! I hope this makes applying fake tan a bit more successful for you!

This post was contributed by Olivia Golding (hello!). I've been keen on all things fashion since I was first be able to dress myself (that's not exaggerated at all) and I believe part of that is because I take inspiration from so many places and people - like have you come across Missguided Australia bikinis!? I thought they'd be the perfect compliment to my fake tanning post, helping you bring the summer in style. I hope you'll find my post helpful, thanks for reading!

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