Fake tan for fair skin…

Fake tanning when you have fair skin can be risky business. It is something that is so easy to get wrong and believe me when I say, in the past I had had my share of disasters.

As I have gotten older I have learnt to embrace my fair skin a little more and I know what works for my skin to hopefully avoid those tanning blunders. I am not huge on laying out in the sun for hours for 1 I get bored and 2 I do worry about the damage and ageing effects of the sun. Saying that I do like a little healthy glow to my skin so fake tan is the best way to achieve that.

Today I wanted to share some of my tips for tanning fair skin with you all and let you in on the products that I use.

Fake Tan for fair skin

Tips for fake tan on fair skin 

  1. Less is more! First tip is the biggest, I have friends who have naturally olive skin and I spent so long thinking I also needed to be that dark. I don’t it looks silly on me, I now aim for a light sun-kissed colour. The shade I would naturally tan.
  2. Exfoliation is key. This goes for everyone really fair skinned or not. But exfoliation really is key to a natural looking streak free tan, also if you exfoliate a few days after applying your fake tan it will fade much more naturally.
  3. Moisturiser! I love the moisturisers with a hint of tan in them. Not only do they moisturise skin they add a subtle hint of colour, I just find they help to prolong either a fake tan or natural tan. My current go to is the St.Tropez everyday lotion*, I am using medium dark at the moment as I have been on holiday and have a little colour to me already. Like I say it’s really subtle so it’s hard to go wrong with these moisturisers.
  4. Take special care around your hands and feet. I tend to do all the big areas first and then go over my hands and feet at the end with what is left on the mitt.
  5. Try different products. One will not fit all, try some different products to find which is the right one for you. I really love the Fake Bake airbrush* right now. For me it’s really easy to apply, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and leaves me with a nice natural glow.
  6. Read the instructions! Different fake tans need to stay on for different lengths of time, make sure you read the bottle. We all saw the viral post of the poor women who fell asleep in hers and looked like she had rolled in mud. It’s not a great look.
  7. Apply less on the face. For me my face is the place I can look patchy occasionally with fake tan. I like to mix a little with some moisturiser and apply that to my face instead. It gives me a little colour and I can still wear bronzer.

Those are tips for getting a great natural looking tan on fairer skin tones – I hope they’re helpful!

Products marked with (*) were sent to me for review.


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  1. August 24, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I would love to be able to find something that works for me as i am super pasty but think its more about how you put it on as I am always patchy after ..eek

  2. March 18, 2022 / 11:59 am

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this! Sun exposure can be very hazardous for our skin, so it’s better to use some cosmetic products for your skin to look tanned.

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