Every girl loves having a bronzy glow, but going outside and sitting under the sun for hours to get it, is a major no no. With the harmful rays the sun has, it’s a death trap waiting to happen out there, so it’s best to figure out a way to fake that gorgeous tan - and we don’t mean by going to a tanning booth. That’s even a bigger no no. Instead, here are 12 easy and (skin cancer-free) ways to achieve that sexy tan the fake way.
12 Self Tanner
Nowadays, there are many different self tanners out there that will give you an amazing glow even overnight. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right one - as some might not smell to your liking or not give you the color you desire - so it’s important to test a few out and see what works for you. We guarantee there is one that will work perfectly with your skin, you just need to do a little digging to find it.
11 Body Bronzer
If you need a tan fast, opt for a body bronzer. You can slather it on your body to give that sexy glow and you will have it all day and night if you like. Afterwards, you can hop in the shower and wash it off without any problem. Body bronzers are also great to help enhance the fake tan from your self tanner, too.
10 Spray Tan
Instead of going to the tanning salon to slip into a tanning booth, give spray tanning a try. You can instantly achieve the same gorgeous tan skin without harming your body, and it lasts for a few days so you can enjoy it without worrying about it fading too fast.
9 Darker Foundation
A darker foundation is an easy trick to help score some color. But don’t go overboard with this. You don’t want your face to look dirty. Simply go down a shade or two so that the color isn’t the same as your everyday shade. This will give you a darker complexion that isn’t so noticeable where people will wonder whether you forgot to wash your face after taking a mud bath.
8 Body Makeup
There’s plenty of body makeup out there that can give your skin a nice glow. You can find some shimmery power that can be brushed on or you can rub a lotion on that will achieve the same look. You can even use that darker foundation and mix it with a lotion to get a quick and easy tan without any fuss.
7 Tan Extender
Once you get that tan you want, you have to ensure you take care of it so it lasts. Be sure to use a tan extender so your color looks great for much longer without fading in a day or two, and having you constantly reapplying your tanner.
6 Sunless Tan Wipes
These easy-to-use wipes are fantastic, especially when you want a tan on-the-go. Wipe them on your face and body for a quick, effortless tan that won’t dirty your hands and will come out perfectly. Bonus: they are so small, you can take them anywhere you need to go!
5 Wear Pastel Colors
Got a little base color but want it to look more like you’ve spent the weekend in Cancun? Be sure to wear the right colors in your wardrobe to help amp up the color on your skin. Stick to lighter, pastel shades like yellow and robin egg blue. And don’t skip out on wearing white. That always helps emphasize a tan.
4 Teeth Whitening Strips
Speaking of white, you shouldn’t just be sporting it in your wardrobe. It should also be on your teeth. Use teeth whitening strips to achieve a brighter, whiter smile to help make your face appear more tan. Thanks to the contrast of your skin and the whiteness of your teeth, you’ll look and feel like you’ve been out in the sun without even laying out.
3 Makeup Highlighter
Today, we are all about the highlighter for our face. That shimmery pink liquid and powder that we find to dab on our cheeks for an instant dewey look is a go-to in our beauty bags, and should be when we’re looking to fake a tan.
2 White Eyeliner
Pump up those peepers by using a white eyeliner on the bottom lid of your eyes. This will make them pop and appear more awake. But not only that, this will provide the perfect amount of contrast with your skin tone to make you look like you have a killer tan, even when you don’t.
1 Tinted Moisturizer
This is one product every gal needs in her beauty routine. Not only does it make you look like you have an instant glow that covers any small imperfections, but it is packed with SPF so you don’t have to worry about the sun damaging your skin when you’re wearing it.