How to Apply Sunless Tanner Like a Pro



It used to be that if you used sunless tanner, your only options often left you looking like an Oompa Loompa. But the days of blotchy tanners are gone, especially when you follow these easy steps:


Before You Apply Tanner

Exfoliate EVERYWHERE you plan to apply tanner to ensure an even tan. We love Buff Around the Edges™ and You Apricaught Me!™ body polishes to help smooth skin, or you can use a dry brush. Rinse well and pat skin dry.


Apply an oil-free moisturizer to hands, feet, ankles, wrists, elbows, and knees. These spots are the most likely to absorb tanner unevenly, resulting in a blotchy look. Moisturizing beforehand helps ensure a more even application. We like Right on Cue™ to keep nails and cuticles free from tanner and Dew Me Right™ Hydrating Skin Stick for wrists, ankles, elbows, and knees.



Application: Step 1


Apply a thick layer of sunless tanner like Fake It ‘Til You Make It™ from the neck down, blending well around wrists, ankles, elbows, and knees.

Pro Tip: Wearing a mitt or rubber gloves helps keep your palms from absorbing any color, a tell-tale sign of sunless tanner.


Application: Step 2


Enlist the help of a friend to help apply to hard-to-reach areas like your back.

Pro Tip: If you’re rolling solo, wrap a mitt around the top of a dry brush and secure with a hair tie. Then apply some tanning crème to the mitt and take advantage of the long handle of the dry brush to help reach your back.


Application: Step 3


Bending hands into a claw shape, smooth a little tanner over fingers and the tops of each hand. Then apply to tops of feet and toes.


Application: Step 4


Rub a small amount of body polish (the same one you used before you started works fine) across the palms of your hands to remove any leftover tanner. Then, rather than rinsing (you don’t want to wash off the tanner on the tops of your hands), use a Bare It All™ wipe to clean the body polish off your palms.



Goof-Proof Tanning Tips


  • Wait for sunless tanner to dry before getting dressed; Fake It ‘Til You Make It dries quickly—just wait about 5 minutes for it to dry

  • For a sunkissed glow, apply 1–2 times per week; use more often for a darker tan

  • To remove any uneven tanner, exfoliate the uneven areas in the shower with a body polish, then spritz a cotton round with Exsqueeze Me™ Super C Toner—it’s loaded with vitamin C and citric acid to help even skin tone, and wipe over uneven areas to help the tanner fade.


Make this the year you finally nail sunless tanner and rock your golden, streak-free glow with confidence!