It’s safe to say that gym, tan, and laundry are all important factors in each and every one of our lives, but sometimes a girl doesn’t have the time to get her (fake) tan on. As we are not ones to hop into a tanning bed or get in front of an airbrush machine, these early days of warm weather mean a frightening display of pasty, pale legs and arms not yet primed by the summer sun.
Yes, we all look better with a tan (to a certain extent), but no, not all of us are capable of (/interested in) achieving such a beautiful glow at the beach. The good news is that’s not the only way to garner a sun-kissed look: the somewhat terrifying self-tanner is always an option. Leave it to YouTube beauty-application guru Miss Jessica Harlow to make a DIY neon-orange disaster seem an altogether unlikely possibility.
Step 1: Exfoliate! It will create a smooth surface for your self-tanner.
Step 2: Dry Off! “Wet skin and self-tanner do not mix!”
Step 3: Apply Self-Tanner—Apply a little at a time, moving hands in the same general direction for a more even finish
Step 4: Wash Your Hands—Wash after finishing each you part of your body (after each leg, arm, etc.), to prevent stained palms
Step 5: Apply Lotion—Using a lotion will help the product blend in with your skin as well as boost the longevity of your tan
Jessica’s quick tutorial only lasts two-and-a-half minutes, but she spends another four-and-a-half to address potential questions and concerns from her audience, plus to review the products she's recommending. And she certainly doesn’t seem like she would blend in with Snooki and co., so we’ll be taking her advice for this little (tan) lie to help us glow in our cut-offs.
(Here, two of our faux glow product picks.)
Photographs by Francis Giacobetti for The Pirelli Calendar, 1970.