Your Fake Tan Doesn’t Have To Look Fake


Self-tans and spray tans don't always look fake. With the right application techniques and highest-quality Fake Bake products, you can get natural-looking results that look like a sun-kissed glow, but safe. Here are reasons why sunless tans might look fake and how to avoid it:

Uneven Application

An uneven application of the tanning product can lead to streaks or patches, giving an unnatural appearance to the tan. To avoid this, prepare your skin by exfoliating and moisturizing before application. When applying the product, ensure even coverage by using gentle, circular motions for a flawless and natural-looking tan. Additionally, use a professional tanning mitt or gloves to prevent the product from staining your hands. For spray tans, always choose a reputable salon or a skilled professional. Their expertise could be the difference between streaky and sleek!

Wrong Color Choice 

Selecting a tanning product that is darker than your skin tone can result in an artificial tan appearance. It is advisable to choose a shade that harmonizes with your natural skin tone to achieve a more genuine and natural-looking tan. This way, you can avoid the fake tan look and enjoy a sun-kissed glow that complements your complexion beautifully. Our self-tanners’ built-in cosmetic color guide is a great help!


Another common mistake when it comes to tanning is applying too much product at once. This can lead to uneven application and streaks, giving a patchy appearance to the tan. To avoid this, it is important to apply the tanning product in thin layers and build up gradually for a more even and natural-looking tan. This goes for your spray tan or at home.

Missing Difficult Areas

Forgetting to apply the tanning product to certain areas, such as elbows, knees, and ankles, can result in a patchy appearance. Be sure to apply the product evenly to all areas of your body for a seamless tan. Remember, these areas tend to absorb more product, so apply sparingly for a natural look. Additionally, you especially want to exfoliate these areas and moisturize beforehand to help to create a more even base for the tanning product to adhere to. Try our Mistifier Oil-Free Moisturizer, which comes with a continuous spray bottle for your elbows, knees and ankles. Then, for harder to reach areas, nothing beats our BodyMate 360° Self-Tanning Applicator. At Fake Bake, we’ve got your back! 

Poor Quality Products

When opting for low-quality tanning products, you might end up with a fake tan appearance caused by uneven color distribution or unnatural undertones. To achieve a more natural-looking tan, consider investing in higher-quality self-tanners or spray tans by Fake Bake. The quality of the product you use makes a significant difference in the outcome of your tan, ensuring you flaunt a sun-kissed glow that looks radiant and flawless.

By following these tips, (and using Fake Bake products) you can achieve a natural-looking tan without the fake appearance. Whether you want the best self-tanner or a recommended spray tan professional, we are here to help! Contact us any time with questions or for referrals.

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