11 fake tan hacks that will change your life

How to get a 10/10 faux glow every time.

1. When prepping in the shower, use exfoliant first, and body wash second. While the essential oils in your favourite body scrub will leave your skin feeling like a newborn's, they can create a barrier between your skin and the tan, meaning it won't absorb as it should. To remove any excess, wash lightly with your regular body wash before hopping out of the shower to break down the oil. Ulta3 ambassador Elyse Knowles loves using ulta3 Oh So Sweet Exfoliating Sugar Scrub ($12.95).

2. Apply tape to the soles of your feet. To avoid staining your feet if you step in any residue on the bathroom floor.

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3. Create a "mitt stick" to cover hard-to-reach spots like your back. If you don’t have a BFF/BF/GF/sister on hand to help out, try putting your fake tan mitt over a long body brush and securing it with a hair tie. A combo of Models Prefer Application Mitt ($9.99 at Priceline) and The Body Shop Cactus Brush ($19.95) will do the trick.

4. Keep makeup wipes handy for your palms and any emergency problem spots. Wipe your palms thoroughly instead of washing your hands so that you don't end up with the dreaded white glove look.

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5. Mix it with moisturiser to apply to your face. If you're using a spray formula, give your face a light spray and then apply your regular moisturiser on top, blending the product evenly and into your hairline/onto your ears, etc. If you're using a mousse, simply combine the moisturiser with a small amount of the tan and do the same. Rub the excess down onto your neck and into your hands and wrists to help blend those areas, too.

6. Use it to (semi-) permanently contour your face. Leave a few minutes after the above step, then, using the same brush you use to contour with makeup, apply a little extra tan formula under your cheekbones and along your hairline and jawline.

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7. Don't be tempted to apply twice. Experts say it doesn't really do much, because the product ends up sticking to itself instead of your skin and is actually just more likely to slide around as a result.

8. Use your hairdryer to help speed up the drying process. Much like the fancy little gadget they use when you get a profesh spray job—just pop it on a light speed and set it to cool.

9. Apply a small amount of baby powder to the creases of your elbows, backs of knees, underarms, etc. To keep them from getting ~schvetty~ and the tan sliding around as a result.

10. Wear loose (and dark, obvs) cotton or linen clothes while your tan is drying. They'll let your skin breathe, keeping you sweat-free (and will also help keep the smell in check).

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10. Swap your regular body wash for liquid baby soap in the days afterward. It'll be gentler on your skin and won't strip your colour. Plus, who doesn't want an excuse to smell like a baby!? Dermaveen Baby Soap-Free Wash ($7.99 at Priceline) is a cheap and cheerful option.

11. Use a gradual tanner to maintain the glow. As well as keeping your skin hydrated (read: flake-free), it'll help prolong your colour, so you can pretend you're a naturally tanned goddess for longer. Give ulta3 Oh So Tan Gradual Tanning Lotion ($14.95) a go.

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