3 Ways to Get a Totally Real-Looking Fake Tan
Bye, orange streaks
OK, we’ve seen more rain than sun this spring, but we promise: Sooner or later, summer is coming. And when it does, you’ll already have sun-kissed skin that looks like you’ve spent spring vacationing in Kauai. We have three secrets to help you get a natural, golden look without any telltale orange streaks.
FOR A SLOW AND STEADY SUN-KISSED LOOK
After showering, add a few drops of Clarins Radiance-Plus Glow Booster ($30) to your body lotion. Squeeze a quarter-sized dollop of moisturizer into your palm, then add a drop of glow booster and mix it with your hands before slathering it onto your skin. Repeat daily and you’ll notice your skin getting subtly sun-kissed in three to four days.
FOR WHEN YOU NEEDED A TAN YESTERDAY
So you’re impatient and can’t wait three days. So are we. Get instant gratification with Tarte’s Brazilliance Plus Self-Tanner ($39), which includes an applicator mitt to prevent streaks and protect your fingernails. Wait eight hours, shower and you're good to go. Best of all, there’s no lingering self-tanner scent.
FOR MOMENTS TOO IMPORTANT TO STREAK UP
If you’re going to a wedding or jetting off to the Caribbean, the last thing you want to do is worry about an orange patch on your elbow. Get a professional airbrush tan from NoMad salon Gotham Glow, which offers in-salon full-body tans for $75; or try Brooklyn organic sunless tanning spot Sweetheart Tan for $60. Summer skin problems, solved.