Hear our expert sunless tanning tips for applying Loving Tan mousse to those tricky areas for seamless self-tanning results.
Nothing is worse than finding your flawless, bronzed tan has been ruined by incorrectly tanning your hands and feet. It's okay, we've all been there. Over the years, our team has worked out the best routine for tanning these tricky spots so you'll never have to know the pain of having patchy or uneven hands or feet.
Step one: Prep is key
Ensure you have correctly prepared your skin before tanning by exfoliating thoroughly 24 hours beforehand. We also recommend applying a clear coat of nail polish to natural nails, as this will prevent the tan from discolouring your nails.
If you’ve had a fresh manicure and don't want to take any chances, you can also use masking tape to cover the tips of your fingers and nails.
Step two: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
As your hands and feet are typically a drier skin area, it is so important to show them a little bit of extra love before you start tanning. Remember to generously apply moisturiser or lotion liberally to your hands, wrists, ankles and feet minutes before tanning.
Step three: Application
Once you've finished applying the tan to your body and face with your Loving Tan Deluxe Applicator Mitt, swap your mitt out for a synthetic-haired, fluffy or flat-head buffing makeup brush. Although the mitt is ideal for your body, a makeup brush will make it easier to get into the tricky areas of your hands and feet and give you a flawless finish.
Stretch your fingers into a claw shape and use a sweeping motion to apply and blend a small amount of your chosen mousse onto your hands - remember, you can always add more product later if you need to! Don’t forget to blend into the sides of your fingers, the indents of your knuckles and over your wrists.
In the same sweeping motion, apply the tan to your feet and toes with the leftover tan. Take care around your toes and ankles, ensuring all areas are covered evenly.
Step four: Perfect it
Using a wet wipe, remove any unwanted tan from your palms, soles of your feet, nails and cuticles. This will ensure your tan looks natural and flawless once it has developed.
Step five: Rise and moisturise
To soften your results and stop the tan from over-developing on your hands and feet, you can rinse the tan off earlier than the rest of your body. Our self-tanning experts have also found that applying moisturiser to your hands and feet after letting the tan develop for 30 minutes to an hour will leave you with gorgeous results. As moisturiser prevents the tan from developing, you will be left with softer results on your hands and feet.
Follow these five simple steps for a flawless and natural-looking tan on your hands and feet. If you’re looking for more self-tanning tips, check out our guide on How to Self-Tan and Achieve Professional-Looking Results, According to the Sunless Tanning Experts.