Just like that, summer is nearly at an end. With a cupboard full of fake tan products and nowhere to go, sunseekers might be tempted to try a few tanning tricks to keep the party going during the colder months. After all, the TikTok hashtag #faketanhack has gained over 162 million views on the platform, so they must be doing something right… right?
Are these fake tan hacks really all they’re bronzed out to be? From using toothpaste as a makeshift fake tan remover or mixing products to create your own shades, we asked beauty expert Bespoke Advantage to share their opinion on some of the most popular hacks are really your ticket to an autumn glow-up.
TikTok Fake Tan Hacks
The freckle effect
@mireyarios Fake tan freckles!!! #faketanroutine #faketanfreckles #frecklesfilter #frecklehack #frecklesgirl #freckles #faketanmakeup #selftanfreckles #selftanner #selftanhacks #makeuphacks ♬ original sound – Mireya Rios
There is no doubt that freckles have been trending for a while now and the craze has seen no signs of dying down, especially as it’s constantly making its rounds on social platforms. Facial freckles are something we associate with youthfulness and happy moments spent in the sun, embracing your natural freckles is a positive movement. With this trend, people are creating false freckles and trying to pass them off as genuine. This can go wrong, particularly in rainy weather, so the key to getting this right is to use products that are water-resistant and to be very precise when applying them.
Justmylook recommends: Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner Waterproof
@mireyarios Am I going to be a green mess? #selftan #selftanner #faketan #faketantips #sttropeztan #naturalbeauty #makeuphackstutorial #makeuphackseveryday #selftannercontour #contourhacks #naturalmakeuplook ♬ Pour It Up – Mike WiLL Made-It
This is a concept that can work very well or equally turn into a disaster, especially during warmer months – from patchy skin to the colour sweating, this perhaps isn’t the best choice. It is certainly a technique that is a time saver and would work best on lighter skin tones, although we recommend it’s best to stick to the traditional contouring technique by applying make-up.
Justmylook recommends: Collection Cosmetics Gorgeous Glow Stick
Using toothpaste as fake tan remover
@hondroutwins Miracle fake tan hack! Best way to fake tan your hands & remove it from your PALMS! Watch to see the AMAZING results! #faketan #faketanroutine #faketanroval #beautytips ♬ MAYBELLINE BOUNCE – MAYBELLINE NEW YORK
A bizarre concept but it’s a hack that works on certain areas like your hands. You can undoubtedly reduce the intense colour of fake tan in an emergency. But to be completely safe, relevant tan remover will help to remove any mishaps.
Justmylook recommends: Rose & Caramel Purity Excel 60 Seconds Tan Removing Scrub
Using fake tan as lipstick
@mypawfectfamily Replying to @hellomattea I’ve been obsessed with my brown lips ever since getting them tattooed!!! #semipermanentmakeup #faketanhack #faketanlips ♬ Puff – Hany Beats
Everyone is after fuller lips this season and seeking out products that are long-lasting and effective. Applying fake tan to your lips can be hazardous and, in our books, unnecessary. There are numerous great lip products on the market – and one of the ways in which to keep your lip products lasting longer is to apply a lip pencil all over your lips first (not just the outline of your lips) followed by your favourite long-lasting lip shade.
Justmylook recommendation: Makeup Revolution Lip Contour Kit
Adding darker fake tan into gradual tan moisturiser
@pippawiththepixie Have you tried this? Tag a gal who needs to know… ✨ #faketan #viral #faketanhacks #garniergradualtan #gradualtanner #gradualtan #gradualtantips #faketantips #fyp ♬ original sound – george
We always want our tan to last longer and outsmart the British weather! Sun-kissed skin just looks better and it’s best to use specific gradual tan products that are designed to achieve a natural look, rather than mixing anything into your current moisturiser and hoping for the best. Remember, they are two different products that deliver different outcomes; not to forget the mix of ingredients, could cause your skin to react.
Justmylook recommendation: Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk
Hacks for fake tanning your back
@kelseygriffinn Replying to @.brooke.branco ♬ original sound – kelsey griffin
Using a hanger and tanning mitt sounds like a creative technique to applying your fake tan but poses all sorts of hazards! Remember to exfoliate your skin first before applying the product – this is essential to achieving an even coverage. Use less product at first and then build this up to avoid an excess build-up of colour. Don’t forget to blend this properly for a clean finish. For hard-to-reach places like your back, using a back applicator is a really good solution; alternatively rope in your partner or best friend for the ultimate finish!
Justmylook recommends: Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Back Tan Applicator