1. Prep your skin by exfoliating to get rid of dead cells, then moisturize to hydrate so the self-tanner goes on smoothly and evenly.
Try: Ahava Time To Hydrate Active Moisture Gel Cream ($42); The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator ($16)
2. Use products specifically designed for your face (or at the very least, for the body and face). These formulas tend to be gentle on skin and won’t clog pores.
Try: St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Aging Multi Action Face ($35)
3. Protect your hairline by applying Vaseline where your hair meets your scalp, as well as your eyebrows, to prevent tanner from seeping and streaking.
Try: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly ($2)
4. Be careful around creases like near the edges of your nose and right above your lips. If you apply too much, the lotion can settle into these areas.
Try: Tarte Brazilliance self tanning face towelettes ($21)
5. Don't neglect your neck if you want an even-looking tan. Use a foam pad pad to apply the lotion, and sit up straight while it absorbs so the formula doesn't settle unevenly into the neck lines.
Try: Beautyblender Pro Sponge ($20)
6. Patience is a virtue when it comes to self-tanning. Wait for the lotion to be fully absorbed, then brush talc-free baby powder over your face to help it set.
Try: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder ($8)