We all want a sun-kissed glow in summer but achieving the perfect fake tan look can be a challenge, especially for those with mature skin
Even if you’re not someone who uses fake tan on a regular basis, when it comes to summer, all bets are off. There are more events to dress up for – like weddings and garden parties – and with the warmer weather comes lighter clothing and more skin exposure.
Of course, it’s not necessary to use fake tan. You might be perfectly happy to embrace your natural hue and if that is the case, more power to you. But if your skin tone is making you self-conscious or you just think you look better with a bit of bronze, it’s good to know how to apply it like a pro.
However, it’s important to note that application changes as your skin ages. When applying fake tan to mature skin, it’s crucial to take its unique characteristics – increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and texture variations – into account. That way, you can ensure that your fake tan looks seamless and enhances your skin’s appearance rather than highlighting any imperfections.
Suzie O’Neil, renowned makeup artist and owner of AYU has the following tips:
Exfoliate and moisturise well
“Prior to applying fake tan on mature skin, exfoliate gently to remove any dry or flaky patches. This will ensure a smooth surface for the tan and prevent it from clinging to rough areas. Use a mild exfoliant or a soft body brush. Mature skin tends to be drier, so it’s crucial to moisturise well before applying fake tan. Use a rich, hydrating lotion or oil to nourish the skin and create a smooth canvas for the tan. Pay attention to areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, knees, and ankles.”
Use a gradual tan or tinted moisturiser
“Opt for a fake tan formula that suits your skin type and preference. Gradual tanners or tinted moisturisers are great options for mature skin, as they provide a subtle, buildable colour. Avoid self-tanners with high alcohol content, as they can be drying and may accentuate fine lines or wrinkles. Furthermore, opt for a fake tan shade that complements your skin tone and appears natural. Avoid going too dark, as it can look less flattering on mature skin. A subtle, sun-kissed glow often appears more youthful and radiant.”
Use a mitt or glove and blend well
“Apply the fake tan using a tanning mitt or gloves, using a light touch to avoid excessive product buildup or streaks. Start with a small amount and blend it in using circular motions, gradually building up the colour to achieve your desired tan. Pay special attention to areas where the skin tends to be thinner or more textured, such as the neck, chest, and back of hands. Blend the fake tan thoroughly into these areas to create a seamless transition and avoid an unnatural look.”
Don’t use too much product
“When applying fake tan to mature skin, be cautious around wrinkles and fine lines. Avoid applying too much product to these areas, as it can settle into creases and make them more pronounced. Lightly blend the product to create a subtle, even tone.”
Moisturise well to prolong your tan
“To prolong the life of your fake tan, moisturise daily with a hydrating lotion or oil. This will help to prevent dryness and flaking, which can cause the tan to fade unevenly. Applying fake tan is a skill that improves with practice. Experiment with different products, formulas, and application techniques to find what works best for your skin and desired outcome. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time—you’ll become more proficient with time and experience.”