Summer is in full swing and if you’re like me and haven’t had a proper chance to get a little sun yet then these 5 tips for applying self-tanner are exactly what you need before heading to the lake or hanging poolside this season.
All through college, I spent my summers lounging poolside working on my tan. Now that I’m getting older I really try to avoid too much sun exposure because I am finally coming to terms with how damaging it can be. I still love having a summer glow so of course self-tanner has become my new favorite skincare product. It allows me to still feel comfortable sporting a swimsuit whether it be at the lake or hanging poolside with my little guy.
Here are a few easy tips for applying self-tanner this Summer without needing to spend hours in the sun.
1 / Always exfoliate before applying any kind of tanner. I love to wash the skin using a bath sponge to help scrub away dead skin cells. Following that I shave my legs so they are prepped for heading out the door after applying the tanner.
2 / Apply a moisturizer to the knees, around the ankles and tops of the feet. This will help dilute the tanner in these areas so as to avoid any buildup that can become a lot darker than the rest of the leg.
3 / Use a mitt. The use of a mitt when applying self-tanner will help avoid over-dyeing your hands and fingers. It also helps blend the tanner into the skin and apply more evenly over all.
4 / Apply in small sections using circular motions. Focusing on one area before moving onto the next will ensure every nook and cranny is covered and evenly blended. There’s nothing worse than checking in the mirror two hours later and realizing you missed the back of one knee or the top of one foot isn’t blended.
5 / Thoroughly wash your hands afterwards. If you’re applying tanner with your hands they could become a darker shade than the rest of your body since they’ve come in contact with the product more directly, especially the palms. Even if you’re using a mitt to apply tanner it’s always a good habit to rinse and wash your hands afterwards. You could accidentally get tanner on your hands and then touch other things, transferring product without realizing it.
Some extra tips to get that extra bit of tan: If you’re going for a more bronzed look apply two coats of tanner after giving the first coat ample time to dry.
Always remember the importance of applying sunscreen on a daily basis to protect your skin from unnecessary sun damage.
One beauty practice that I commit to throughout the summer is dyeing my eyebrows each month. It only takes a few minutes and I love the way they look afterwards. Everyday I use either a pencil or eyeshadow to fill them in but dyeing them beforehand helps because then they don’t completely disappear whenever I go swimming. Below are the steps to dyeing your own at home. If you’ve been wanting to give your brows a little extra fleek then I recommend giving this a try!
Step 4 / When the brows are completely covered, use a cotton swab to wipe off any dye around the eyebrows. This is very important so you don’t dye the skin as well.
Step 5 / Set a timer for 7-10 minutes. Oftentimes I will set it for 5 minutes and then reapply more dye and wipe around the edges again. Then set the timer for another 5 minutes.
Note: During this step your eyebrows can become extremely itchy. I attribute this to the chemicals in the dye though I am not an professional expert. If this concerns you then I recommend wiping off the dye at that point though they will not be as dark as they would if left on for the full 10 minutes.
When the dye is setting on my eyebrows they always turn dark purple. They have never stayed that shade and once they dye is wiped away they are a more natural color. If you are concerned then you can do a small strand test to see how your eyebrows will be affected.
Step 6 / Wet a cotton round or toilet paper and gently remove the dye from the eyebrows. Ensure all of the dye is wiped away or else it can continue to deepen up the hair.
Step 7 / After dyeing my brows I love to fill them in so the tail end is as thick as the rest. Using a wax pencil I begin at the arch and create downward strokes following down the tail of the brow. Then I trace a light line along the top and fill in the sparse area right before the arch.
Step 8 / Next I brush through them with a spoolie brush to help distribute the product and reshape the brow.
Step 9 / Using a clear mascara or eyebrow gel I set everything in place.
Getting those last drops of foundation out of the bottle can sometimes be such a pain. I never want to simply toss it because they usually cost quite a bit and I want to get my moneys worth. There are a few things you can do to help clean out those containers a little bit better and hopefully a few more weeks of use! Here are four simple tricks that you can use for getting all of that foundation out of the bottle.
Tip #1: Storing a product upside down is one of the easiest ways to get the last drops out. Instead of banging the bottle against your hand simply store it top down and let the product run down towards the cap. This method usually works for a few days but thick products such as foundations can make things a little tricky and you’ll need something else to help.
Tip #2: Adding a few drops of water to your foundation, especially ones that come in pump form, can help loosen up the product stuck in the bottom. Remove the cap and let a little warm water drizzle into the bottom. Replace the cap back and give the bottle a few good shakes to help distribute the water around. Then store the container upside down for at least 24 hours or overnight before using agin. The next day use a q-tip or the pump straw to retrieve more product from the bottle.
Tip #3: If your foundation comes in a squeeze tube then start by pushing as much product towards the lid. Take a pair of scissors and cut the tube in half. Scoop out the remaining product and store it in an easily accessible container for using later.
Tip #4: As a last resort, place the container in a bowl of hot water and let it sit for a few minutes. The heat will help loosen up the product making it easier to remove from the bottle. Be mindful that the product could become too hot if placed in boiling water.
What other methods do you use to get every last drop of your foundation?
Even though it’s Spring, which usually means pastels and light washes of color for everyday makeup, I am always drawn to bold, smokey eyes. With that in mind I wanted to feature a look that would be wearable for day but transition easily for night. This light, bronze smokey eye makeup is easy to recreate and completely wearable any day of the week.
Begin by prepping the skin. I love to apply my moisturizer followed by a great primer before beginning. Next, I add a concealer to the lids and dust a light transparent powder over the time to prime the eyes for the eyeshadow.
Bronze Smokey Eye Tutorial:
Step 1 / Using a light brown shade, dust this into the crease to work as a transition shade; I used MAC ‘soft brown’. This step is important because it helps blend the colors placed on the lid with the light shade that usually goes directly under the brow.
It’s prom season and no better time than to feature a soft makeup look that is perfect for the occasion. This look is more on the neutral side with pink and light brown tones and is definitely daytime wearable. I would wear it any day of the week and think it would look great for any occasion. Let me know what you think and whether you’d love to see more makeup tutorials in the future!
Soft Prom Makeup Products List
it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer (not shown)