How to Use Self Tanner to Contour

Contouring is not only an effective method for shaping and accentuating our best facial features, it’s recently gained widespread popularity for necks, collarbones, bust lines, and more. But why spend countless hours re-applying your contour, and wasting hundreds of dollars on replacement bronzers, when there is a better way? There is a long hidden secret used by celebrities to achieve a semi-permanent, lustrous contour, and it has always been around. That secret is self-tanner! Continue reading to learn how you can contour your arms, abs, legs, and buttocks with a self-tanner of your choice.

Contouring With Self Tanner

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Before you start contouring with self-tanners, practice with bronzer to gauge where and how much you want to contour. Do not be afraid of the semi-permanency of self-tanning products. As long as you only apply a little bit at a time, in thin layers, you should not have a problem attaining the desired affect you’re after. And if you do contour incorrectly, a thin layer of self-tanner will fade in a few days after a few showers. With practice, you can get very precise and artistic with your contouring, and feel confident increasing your contouring capacity. You will be able to sculpt your arms, stomach, legs, and rear without months of intense exercise and dieting! All you need is a medium-sized makeup brush or cotton ball, and some quality self-tanning lotion.

Here’s a guide for getting started:

Contouring Arms

To find the proper area to contour on your arms, start by facing a mirror and pointing your index finger straight down to the floor. This will emphasis your tri-cep muscles on the back of your arms. This is where you can make your arms looked more toned with self-tanner! Using a medium-sized make-up brush, apply your self-tanner in thin layers to the crease directly under your tri-cep bulge. Next, look in the mirror again and flex your biceps (raise elbows and clinch fists). Trace under the area of muscle that dips in the middle of your bicep (half-moon shape), with thin layers of self-tanner. Do this for both arms to make them appear taught and toned.

Contouring Abs

Contouring abs is a bit more complicated since you don’t want to use lines that are too thick or too thin. Find the right width by starting small, and adding on as you go. Start by dipping your makeup brush in your self-tanner, and then trace the line from the middle of your cleavage down to your belly button. Next, draw 2 half ovals on each side of your belly button, starting at the rib cage and ending at your hip bones. Repeat this step a few times, while slightly overlapping the lines each time, to achieve an hourglass appearance.

Contouring Buttocks

Use the same techniques mentioned above, but instead, trace half-ovals directly on the lower, outer portion of your cheeks. Keep the middle and upper areas of your derriere light to achieve the illusion of a tighter rear end. But be sure not to cover too much of your buttocks by making the half ovals too thick. You only need a slight contour to get the desired illusion in this area.

Contouring Legs

Using your makeup brush, trace along the INNER sides of your legs where the muscle naturally occurs. Simply stand up straight, and then lift your leg in front of you. You will see your leg’s natural inner muscle line along the insides. Within these natural lines, apply a thin layer of self-tanner to make your legs appear more toned. Be sure to stay within the natural muscle lines. Next, point your leg downward and flex to reveal the front muscle called your quadriceps. Trace along the sides of your natural quad lines, starting from the bottom of your derriere and ending right above knee. But wait, you’re not done! Look to your lower legs and trace the outside of your calf muscle, starting just below your ankles and ending right below the knee cap.

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How to Make a Spray Tan Last Longer

Spray tans are a fabulous and enjoyable way to get that summer glow all year round, and without harmful UV-ray exposure. But for some, spray tans are short-lived. This is because it takes some genuine before-and-after care to ensure you get long-lasting color from your spray tan. If you are a lover of spray tanning, then it is in your best interest to learn how to make them last longer! Continue reading for helpful tips to extend the life of your sunless color.

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Broad Ripple Spray Tanning 317-257-8262

Before Spray Tanning

The process to achieving a long-lasting faux tan starts before your spray tanning appointment. Skin care is vital to the outcome of your spray tan. Routine cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing are key elements to beautiful healthy skin. If your skin is not healthy, it will not respond well to spray tanning. Improper or negligent skin care will result in streaky, uneven color that quickly fades. Aside from everyday skin care, it is important to do a few things before your spray tan session to help promote lasting color. Here are some tips to go by:

• Exfoliate your skin every day for three days prior to your appointment.

• Get all waxing appointments in at least 24 hours before your appointment. This will prevent an unappealing dark pore look.

• Shower 8 hours before your appointment, and not RIGHT before it. The skin needs to settle and get its natural pH balance restored for a spray tan to do its best on your skin.

• Do not use heavy body lotions on the day of your spray tan.

• Wear loose fitting clothing (the least fabric-to-skin contact clothing possible) and shoes to prevent post-tanning lines and streaking. Perfect ensemble: Loose t-shirt dress and flip-flops.

• Do not wear deodorant or foundation. It will cause white spots and uneven color.

After Spray Tanning

Once you have completed your spray tan appointment, there are important steps to take afterwards to ensure you get the best results possible, and that last. Small mistakes can mean the difference between a flawless color scheme and a streaky, splotchy look. Use these tips to get the best results from your spray tanning session:

• Wear the paper panties provided by the salon for at least 3-4 hours. Regular panties will give you lines.

• Ask the tanning technician to give you DETAILED instructions for post-spray tanning. Every spray tan is different depending on the preferences of the client and their skin type. One type of tan may call for an immediate shower, whereas another might wash away that soon.

• Be sure to shower properly. Avoid steamy hot showers and use lukewarm water instead. And do not use body washes or gels that leave a residue on your skin, like the ones that “deeply moisturize” or provide aroma therapy. Use basic, natural products. (i.e. Method Pure Naked Body Wash®, 18 oz. – $6)

• Moisturize properly. Moisturizing is one of the key elements to maintaining and extending your spray tan, but the wrong moisturizer will do more harm than good. Avoid oil-based lotions, as these will cause your color to slip right off. Instead, opt for basic, unscented oil-free lotion. (i.e. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion®, 16 oz. – $12)

• Use backup tanning products for your face and hands. This is because these are the areas that tend to fade first due to excessive washing. Invest is a high-quality self-tanning product for the face, and use it likewise on your hands. Face tanners are lighter in color, so you can still achieve an even look when using them on your hands too. Just wipe away nails, palms, and cuticles to avoid discoloration.

• Steer clear of excessive sweating for 5 to 10 days. This includes exercise, sun bathing, and anything else that makes you sweat. For those who cannot avoid gym time (understandably), there are products you can use to help reduce the effects of sweat on your spray tan. (i.e. St. Tropez Gradual In-Shower Tanning Lotion®, 6 oz. – $25)

• Exfoliate every few days with a gentle exfoliating product. This will ensure the tan fades evenly and doesn’t build up in certain areas. Opt for a gentle formula, steering clear of oatmeal and salt scrubs.

Broad Ripple Tans

Call Broad Ripple Tans at 317-257-8262 for spray tanning services in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are a luxury tanning salon located conveniently around the corner from Broad Ripple Village. We offer a wide range of competitively-prices spray tanning packages and ala carte sessions, as well as, top-shelf tanning products, tanning beds, and more! Get the spray tan you’ve been looking for with the help of our highly trained and experienced tanning technicians. Call 317-257-8262 to schedule an appointment today!

Indianapolis Tanning Salon 317-257-8262
Indianapolis Tanning Salon 317-257-8262