How to Apply Sunless Tanner Like a Pro

Perfectly Posh Fake It ‘Til You Make Gradual Tanning Body Creme with shea butter, sweet almond oil, and sunflower oil, naturally based self tanning creme, buildable and moisturizing fake tanner

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

Step 1

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


Step 2

Lightly moisturize 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 recommend water based Show and Gel™ Hydrating Body Gel scented with lemongrass.

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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: Rub some of The Healer™ Skin Stick on cuticles and knuckles before applying tanner to avoid staining your nails.


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.


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.


Step 4

Rub a small amount of body scrub (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.

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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 scrub


What are your goof-proof tanning tips? We want to here them! Make this the year you finally nail sunless tanner and rock your golden, streak-free glow with confidence.