How to apply fake tan without streaks at home

Looking your best for the summer months is one thing every girl wants. But sometimes instead of relying on the sun which contains harmful UV rays which can lead to skin cancer along with aging the skin many of us now rely on fake tan to help us have that summer glow. Using fake tan is a great way to get a tan without having to worry about getting sunburned.

Nowadays there are so many brands out there which offer the same great results, a great tan in a few hours. Before applying fake tan there are a few DO and DON’T



  • Do wear a tanning glove when applying fake tan as this will help you avoid getting your hands and nails covered in fake tan.
  • Do exfoliate before you apply fake tan using exfoliating gloves.
  • Do remember to do sweeping light stokes over your elbows, knees and ankles to avoid leaving telltale signs of fake tan.


  • Don’t apply body moisturizer to your skin before applying fake tan. This will present a barrier between your skin and the tan ensuring it will not work out right.
  • Don’t apply fake tan in a poorly lit area.
  • Don’t apply fake tan to your face unless the product says it’s for face, you would be better off getting a face moisturizer which you can apply every day which gradually builds up a tan on your face.


Applying fake tan is not as hard as many people might think. There are a few tips you need to know to follow to avoid white streaks.

Have a shower before applying fake tan and use exfoliating gloves. These will help to remove dead skin and ensure the entire skin surface is smooth and even. You could also use a body scrub but using the gloves will ensure the skin is evenly scrubbed.

Ensure your skin is completely dry before applying any of the fake tan. Make sure you are in a well lit area so you can see what you are doing. If you are using a gel or a cream based fake tan, pour out small pea size amounts on to your tanning glove each time you need more tan.

Next using upward sweeps, start at your feet and work your way up your body. Remember when applying fake tan to try and evenly distribute the cream/gel to all areas of your skin. Leave your elbows, knees, and feet till last.

If you apply the same size amounts it will be easier to ensure you will be distributing the same amount all over. Plus if the tan is too light you can always go back and give it a second coat.

When you get to the knee area, with downward sweeps, lightly rub the tanning glove over your knee area. This is to ensure you get coverage of fake tan but not a giant buildup which will cause dark patches on this area. Do the same for the elbows and also the feet.

Once you have completed applying your fake tan, the next step is to wear loose clothing to allow your skin to breath and ensure that the tan dries evenly. At first the tan might not look like it is dark but after a few hours it will really come up and your skin will look like you have just come back from holidays.