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How to apply fake tan

STEP 1 - SHOULDERS AND ARMS

Starting from your shoulders apply the fake tan to both shoulders and arms using the same circular and then vertical movements as above. Avoid the elbows and stop at the wrists.

STEP 2 - LEGS AND BUM

Working from your bottom down, glide the fake tan over your bottom and legs. Again, take your time with the circular and vertical strokes in order to cover the area evenly. Miss out the knees and stop just above the ankles.

STEP 3 - SHOULDERS AND ARMS

Starting from your shoulders apply the fake tan to both shoulders and arms using the same circular and then vertical movements as above. Avoid the elbows and stop at the wrists.

STEP 4 - LEGS AND BUM

Working from your bottom down, glide the fake tan over your bottom and legs. Again, take your time with the circular and vertical strokes in order to cover the area evenly. Miss out the knees and stop just above the ankles.

STEP 5 - TRICKY BITS!

Finally, welcome to the ‘Tricky Bits’ section. A fake tan will never, ever pass as a real tan if elbows,knees and heels looking three shades darker than the rest of your body. They have a tendency to do this as they are so much drier than the rest of the body and absorb the tan more. Patchy wrists,feet and hands can also give the game away  so let’s get busy with making sure these areas look as authentically tanned as possible. There are a few self-tan techniques here - see what works best for you.

- THE ELBOWS Pop a small amount of moisturiser and an even smaller amount of fake tan onto you mitt and spread lightly over your elbow area and work gently into the surrounding area too

- THE KNEES Apply fake tan andmoisturiser in the exact same way as with the elbows

- THE FEETS AND ANKLES Apply the lotion/moisturiser mix onto the feet and ankles working it carefully around the Achilles heel as this is a streak hot spot! As with the hands, work the lotion into the gaps between the toes and the sides of the toes

- THE HANDS AND WRISTS Take your gloves or mitt off. Place a blob of moisturiser with a little fake tan on the back of one of your hands. Place the backs of your hands against each other to gently rub the fake tan into the webs of your fingers and down the sides. Pay attention to working it lightly into where the thumbs meet the palms and where the little fingers meet the palms so you don’t have a harsh line. Rub each wrist onto the back of the opposite hand  in order to take up the excess lotion. Then carefully rub them together taking care not to get any lotion on your palms.

PAM - THREE BASIC STEPS TO ACHIEVING THE BEST FAKE TAN

The best way to self-tan is to follow PAM. PAM consists of three simple and easy to remember steps that help to create a healthy looking and flawless  semi-permanent fake tan. These are PREPARATION, APPLICATION and MAINTENANCE. A fake tan will never, ever pass as a real tan if elbows, knees and heels appear three shades darker than the rest of your body. Patchy wrists, feet and hands can also give the game away big time. That’s why our Temple Spa Guide on ‘How To Achieve The Best Fake Tan Ever‘ will talk you through the whole self-tanning process and make sure you not only cover the basics but the ‘Tricky Bits’ too. This means you will be able to flaunt your beautifully tanned body with both confidence and style.

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