Avoid a Bad Fake Tan


October 28th, 2009 by Adore

Everyone wants to look their best at the Races and a fake tan has become an integral part of “the look”. But it’s important to get it right. Nothing is worse than wearing an expensive dress complemented by an elegant fascinator, beautiful heels and carefully selected accessories… and having streaky or patchy orange limbs to go with it!

Getting your fake tan wrong has become one of the big “No-No’s” at racing carnivals around the country. You’ll see them at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Sydney Racing Carnivals and any other races you attend: women and girls with Bad Fake Tans.

You know the ones – their skin looks streaky, patchy, orange or just way too dark for their natural skin tone. They make me cringe. They make others point and laugh. And they make their friends feel embarrassed to walk next to them. Unfortunately, more and more Bad Fake Tans are starting to put a damper on Racing Carnivals and Fashions on the Field events everywhere.

Luckily, it’s quite easy to avoid a Bad Fake Tan. Even with self-tanners. You just need some preparation.

Follow these tips, and you’ll look lovely with a natural, even bronze tan on Race Day:

  • Buy a good quality self-tanning product – a sunless cream/lotion, foam/mousse or airbrush/spray, whichever you prefer – several weeks before the Racing Carnival.
  • Select a self-tanner in a realistic hue, one that matches your natural skin tone. If you’re very fair, don’t use the darkest colour available as it will look very unnatural.
  • Do a few trials in the weeks leading up to Race Day so you know exactly how you should apply it and how much you should use.
  • Apply your fake tan the day before the big day out.
  • Shower and exfoliate your skin beforehand so it’s ultra-smooth when you apply the self-tanner and you’ll get a very even result.
  • Put some moisturiser on your knees and elbows to make the self-tanner go on more smoothly on those rougher areas.
  • Apply the self-tanner exactly according to the instructions on the container.
  • If you have sensitive skin, use a special self-tanning product for your face, one that doesn’t block pores.
  • Wash your hands immediately and thoroughly, especially in between your fingers and around your fingernails and cuticles.
  • Let the self-tanner dry properly before putting your clothes back on.
  • Give the self-tanner time to develop into a smooth, long-lasting tan so avoid exercising and showering for about 4 hours or however long it says on the bottle.
  • Take a shower after the colour has fully developed to wash away any residue and moisturise for a smooth, soft skin.

And most importantly: DON’T OVERDO IT! It’s good to have a bit of a bronze tint and a healthy, natural-looking glow – but don’t fall into the trap of reapplying it day after day. It will be too much. And you will be another example of a “Bad Fake Tan”!

Have you seen Bad Fake Tans at the Races? And how do you avoid them? Leave your comments below.