How To Get The Perfect Fake Tan

fake tan tips 

 Living in tropical Australia, one of the most common things I get asked about is my tan. I'll tell you now: it's fake.

As a matter of fact, I am the biggest (and safest) anti-UV granny when it comes to real tanning. I wear SPF 50 and take shade under the palms when I visit my beachy paradises.

Growing up in the UK, the slightest slither of sun would see my pasty, white bod laying face down on a sun bed. Now I live in one of the hottest and sunniest places in the Western world and I'm always covered in sun block. Why? 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. 

Fortunately, getting a tan can be easy, safe and is waaay faster then a 2 week wrinkle-causing bake out! 

Today I share with you my top tips to get that perfect sunkissed glow, whilst flouncing around paradise in my Black lace swimsuit* from Lookbook Store.

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Be Prepared
You wouldn't dye your hair without proper preparation right? Well, the exact same concept applies when it comes to that golden glow. If I could scream it from the rooftops, I would: EXFOLIATE!
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 Stubble Be Gone!
There's no point having tanned legs if they are still prickly! Shave away, using a moisturizing razor.

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 Scrub Down
To exfoliate my skin, I use Frank Coffee Scrub. This natural, vegan and Australian made, coffee scrub is moisturizing and exfoliating all in one! Plus, it even targets cellulite, making you even more beach ready! I just apply a handful to my hands and scrub away. If I'm trying to remove excess tan, I often use an exfoliating glove and Frank simultaneously.

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Bye Bye Mrs Dry
After towel drying, apply a moisturizer to your elbows, knees hands and feet. These dry areas are prone to going patchy and no one wants to look like Donald Trump!
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Mitt Is It
Applying fake tan without a mitt is like going sky diving without a parachute; you're asking for trouble! I use the Model Co Blend Buffing Mit and it works a treat. 
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 It's All In The Motion Of The Ocean
For a flawless coverage, apply a dessert spoons worth of tanning product onto your mitt and smooth gently over your skin in circular motions. I recommend doing this in front of a mirror to ensure your haven't missed any spots.
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Bringing Sexy Back
Ah... the old age fake tanning your back problem. I normally ask Jake to do mine, much to his annoyance! However, I have stumbled across this ModelCo back applicator if you're willing to go it alone.
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 Erm.. Do I Put This On My Face?
Although you can use your body false tan on your face, I would recommend using a specific facial tan. I use St Tropez Classic Tan Face Lotion. If you have light eyebrows, apply Vaseline to them prior to application to avoid ending up with Ed Sheeran's eyebrows.
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 Wait It Out
Wait 10 minutes before getting dressed. Then wait the amount of time specified on the bottle. If you're in a rush, I really recommend Model Co One Hour Tan. 
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Is it just me or does the smell of coconuts bring back memories of childhood holidays? I think this is one reason why my top pick is Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Lotion. I have tried and tested so many self-tan products and I can honestly say that this one takes the crown! 
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 Make It Last
Prolong your tan by moisturizing with a tan-infused product. I tan once a week and moisturize with Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk each night. I find that a gentle exfoliation every few days stops your tan from going patchy too.
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 Finding Your Shade
If your a total newbie, I really recommend starting off with a gradual tan, that way you have 0% chance of ending up like an oompa loompa! Most brands have light, medium and dark shades available. If you are very fair, opt for the light tone. More olive skin tones should opt for dark. If you're not quite sure, mediums the one for you!
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Sunglasses: Firmoo*(here)

On a side note; how darn awesome is this crochet swimsuit? I adore how feminine and unique it is. I've had enough lycra swimsuits to fill a barrel, so this is a welcome and stunning breath of fresh air.

Now I'm off to apply some tan!

Rachel
xoxo

82 comments:

  1. wooow, this looks so amazing on you :) Love it my dear :)
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  2. Your tan is gorgeous, your swimsuit is gorgeous and you are gorgeous. I have never used a self tanner before but I recently got one in the mail and I am actually excited to use it this weekend. These are some really great tips and very helpful for me. Thank you for sharing. Your post couldn't have come at a better time. Have a lovely weekend! xo

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  3. Such great tips! You look amazing! I love your suit!!
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  4. Amazing photos <3

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  5. Great tips! love your suit! beautiful photos!

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  6. Your swim suit is gorgeous! I'm the same as you - I much prefer my tan from a bottle these days. x

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  7. Haa! I guess this is where I say I am blessed to have naturally tan skin? LOL! You look amazing, Rachel and that swimsuit is gorgeous on you.

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  8. Thank you for tips. Some of them I use too.

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  9. Awesome sunless tanner tips, and that swimsuit is beautiful!

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  10. Thank you for the tips! I rarely go to the beach here so this tips will be perfect once I go to beach and get a tan! :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing and for the tips. How would not like a perfect tan <3
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  12. Great tips! The swimsuit is gorgeous! xx
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  13. You have the perfect tan love! And your swim suit is TDF! You look gorgeous! Thank you for sharing these tips!
    Happy weekend love!
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  14. Either it is fake or not, you still look gorgeous to me! Come to Thailand, the sun is very strong!

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  15. You look super and this tips are very useful :D

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  16. You look gorgeous in that swimsuit! Especially with the tan! And you're right, fake is so much better than sitting in the sun. No weird tan lines, for one thing x

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I consider doing fake tanning as well as I hate baking under the sun.
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  18. Your tan is lovely! I fake tan with a gradual tanner by Jergens and I'm an SPF granny as well haha! That swimsuit is hot!!! :)

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  21. I had no idea tanning took so much work! Haha! I'm a pretty pale girl but I come from a place where most girls are naturally tan. Thanks so much for the tips, I might have to use it soon hahaha <3

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  22. So important to scrub your skin before, lovely post and great tips! Xx

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  23. First of all these photos are amazing! This swimsuit is the most gorgeous I've ever seen and your tan is the bomb! I really have quite a few failed self tan experiments in my life, but I will try to follor your tips next time:)
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  24. You look gorgeous in your swim suit! Thank you for the tips Rachel!
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  25. Beautiful photos for a stunning background
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  26. you look amazing ! i need some colour am so pale haha

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  27. your tan looks always amazing, babe, I never thought it was fake tan...
    great tips and wow, the swimsuit is absolutely gorgeous
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  28. your tan looks always amazing, babe, I never thought it was fake tan...
    great tips and wow, the swimsuit is absolutely gorgeous
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  29. This is awesome. You look amazing girl! Great tips. Thanks for sharing with us!
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  30. Absolutely gorgeous! Love your style.

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  31. Amazing tips you have over there. x You look gorgeous, I used to use Sephora spray tanned to fake a tan. x

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  32. Love this! Great post babe x

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  33. I've never used fake tan, but I've wanted to try it for a long time! I love your swimsuit so much and thank you for the great advice!!

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  34. You look great and I love this crocket swimsuit!

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  35. You look gorgeous <3 Beautiful clicks!

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  36. Beautiful! *_*
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  37. Hahah loved your tip on face tanning, I can't imagine how I'd look with Ed Sheeran like brows! Love your tips Rach, especially want to try my hands out on the model co back mitt lol, it would mean I wouldn't have to bother anyone to tan me! hahah :D You look glowing & beautiful as always, I love the crotchet swimsuit <3 so pretty for the summer!

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  38. Hahah loved your tip on face tanning, I can't imagine how I'd look with Ed Sheeran like brows! Love your tips Rach, especially want to try my hands out on the model co back mitt lol, it would mean I wouldn't have to bother anyone to tan me! hahah :D You look glowing & beautiful as always, I love the crotchet swimsuit <3 so pretty for the summer!

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  39. First of all you looking so sexy in that black bikini. The tips shared are really amazing and surely somtime gonna try them soon. The pictures and the ambiance is really beautiful....:)

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  40. Amazing tips on your tan process! It looks fantastic and natural. And you look stunning in the crochet bathing sui!

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  41. Your tan looks flawless, thank you for the tips! And I just love your swimsuit!

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  42. The swimsuit looks great! I used tanning beds in my teens but now I've given up on having tans. I also use SPF 50 when out. I have accepted my skin colour and I stick to it.

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  43. Such a pretty black lace swimsuit! I use self-tanning towels to get fake tan. Omg I had no clue that 1 of three women gets skin cancer in Australia. Totally understand why you avoid the sun. xoxo

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  44. This is such a perfect post for me as I'm a complete fake tan novice! Also, how gorgeous is that swimsuit xx

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  45. Beautiful photos.
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  46. Beautiful photos.
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  47. This is just what I needed to read! I've been considering starting with a fake tanner. I am so pale haha. They always seem like so much work to me though. Need to stop being lazy! Thank you for the great tips. :)

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  48. Beautiful photos.

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  49. WOWOW!!! These pics are sooo gorgeous! LOVE LOVE LOVE them all! Such a beach babe!
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  50. Great post! I love that bathing suit, too :)

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  51. Wow!! Your tan does not look like it's fake and it is perfection to prevent skin cancer for sure. I wonder if it will be as flawless on black skin as it is on yours because I would like to try it sometime!
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  52. Although I don't need fake tan haha... I can appreciate this blog post and how stunning you look

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  53. You look awesome! Love how you protect your skin while enjoying the beach. It's cold in Adelaide today but your post makes me miss sunny beach days!

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  54. beautiful photos!!
    that places looks like a paradise.. makes me wanna go to beach :D
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  55. These are all some great tips when it comes to fake tanning. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful lace bathing suit as well!
    Have a happy weekend!

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  56. If only I could have your body! I use St. Tropez too for my fake tan, and I love this brand's products! I use both the body and the face, and they work wonders! Love your swimsuit too babe, you look so amazing, gosh!

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  57. Firstly, how ridiculously hot do you look? Secondly, your tan looks insane and fab tips too. I've really been enjoying St Tropez's gradual lotion which actually isn't gradual at all and is pretty dark but I would say it's pretty much fool proof!

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  58. I really don't mess with fake tan stuff because I am permanently tanned lol. But I am so loving your bathing suit Rachel. It looks AMAZING on you girl.

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  59. Awesome tanning tips Rachel! you look so healthy with the tan but I would still prefer looking fair like most Asian girls *hehehe*

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  60. Wow, Rachel, your fake tan is perfect indeed. Great tips!

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  61. Lovely swimsuit **
    Thanks for the tips :)

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  62. Great tips! they're very helpful! thanks for sharing :)

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  63. Your swim wear is definitely my kinda style. I love it. Lovely pictures and those are great tips you have shared.x

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  64. I like your tips for making a tan last, very handy!

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  65. Very useful tips and great photos! Love your swimwear! :D
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  66. Hello gorgeous, hope you had a nice weekend and that all is well!! Seems like your tips work, because you look so tan!! I love that swimsuit!!


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  67. Wow your tan looks amazing! It looks so real and natural. If I tried that I would come out looking Oompa loompa like, or probably worse. Even with your wonderful tips I know I would still mess it up. I just use sunscreen, though I still tan slightly, it's nothing like the beautiful bronze you have here. You look amazing! And that swimsuit is gorgeous!!
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  68. You look amazing in that bathing suit, girlie, I love the crochet detail! Wow, I had no idea about the skin cancer statistics in Australia, very alarming! That's wonderful that you're taking good preventive care now, your skin and health will definitely thank you! Heck, I thank you because these tips are wonderful and I'll definitely be using them! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, beautiful!

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  69. That swimsuit is so nice! I remember hearing about how rough the sun can be in Australia when I was there. I'm glad that you took the time to educate people on the right way to tan if they choose to do so!

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  70. Hi lady... You've got the movie star vibe going on in this picture. And I love that bathing suit. Great tips hun!

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  71. Thanks for these tips! I already have a naturally tan complexion but I'd still want to be a few more shades darker... Or at least for the summer! xD


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  72. To avoid having Ed Sheeran's eyebrows, haha!! Love it. I've never tried a fake tan, but you make it look flawless! And you're right, that crochet bathing suit is amazing and looks fabulous on you.

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  73. Great tips! I love your tan & you look great in the swimsuit!

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  74. Love your sunkissed skin and there's even some luminescence to your tan! Also, I adore your swimsuit! I want to find a cute one piece but haven't found any ones I particularly liked. The crochet one is very unique!!


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  75. wow you look amazing
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  76. Such a pretty swimsuit! Looks lovely on you dear :)

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  77. Love this swimsuit. It is super cute but yet sexy at the same time. Have a wonderful day.

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