Beauty | The right and wrong way to apply fake tan

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Not all of us are blessed with beautiful olive skin and the weather to keep a perfect, natural tan all year round. For many, fake tan is a necessity and especially when you tire of that pasty look this winter. 

Everyone has a fake tan disaster story, whether it was your own personal DIY task or a so-called professional job. No one likes the tangoed or streaky look.

So how can we have that natural glow like Kyle Jenner, who also happens to be a big fan of Irish product Coco Brown? It’s all in the preparation, application and after-care. 

Patchy, dry and uneven skin does not respond well to a faux glow. Moisturising your skin every day and exfoliating regularly is important to maintaining good skin and help lift all those dead skin cells. This may sound obvious, but many us forget to do either when we are rushing around in the morning.

The first 30 minutes after you shower is the best time to apply tan. When the skin is clean and starting to cool, it is as its best to react with the tanning agent, as well as being super absorbent and soft.

It is the orange hands that is often the giveaway that you are wearing tan! To avoid that dirty and grubby look, wear latex gloves or use a mitt to apply the tan. Once you are complete, remove the gloves and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand.

Just as they do in the salons, dot a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and to your hairline when applying tan to the face. This prevents those dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.

To ensure your lovely new hue goes the distance, you need to keep your skin hydrated from both the outside and inside. This means drinking plenty of water and apply moisturiser daily.