Cover Those Tan Lines
Maybe you missed some spots when applying your 100+ SPF sunscreen, or you just spent the day at the beach in your new trendy swimsuit that has a crochet design all down the back; either way, you are left with some unsightly tan lines. Well, not so much lines as a mosaic-like design and Pollock splatters in odd shades of tan all over your body. Usually you don’t have to worry about these tan lines because they will fade on their own, and it’s summer so people understand your predicament. But when there is a special occasion on the horizon like a wedding or a red carpet event (hey, a girl can dream), the tan lines just don’t seem like an appropriate accessory.
With the help of favorite beauty blogs, I’ve compiled a few tips that will help you cover those tan lines for your next event:
Exfoliate- Allure suggests prior to using makeup to cover up your tan lines, use a mild exfoliator. A gentle exfoliator can scrub off a bit of the tan, making the lines less contrasting; but be sure to stick to a gentle versus rough formula to avoid skin irritation.
Liquid Foundation- Find a shade of liquid foundation that matches the darker, tanned skin, and use a sponge to apply it. Start by dabbing it on to the light skin; start with only a little bit of product, and layer more and more until it is the same shade as the tanned skin.
Blend Well- Though you start by applying the foundation to the light skin, you want to also apply it to the tanned skin to avoid any harsh and obvious lines. Blend it in all around the area of the tan lines until they disappear.
Apply Bronzer- Brush on some bronzer to the entire area, not just the lighter skin. Adding this layer of bronzer will set the foundation as well as give an over-all tanned look to the whole area.
Go Water Resistant- Choose makeup that is water resistant to avoid your makeup running from sweat in the middle of your big event. That is a serious beauty disaster that you want to avoid.
Airbrush Foundation- If this event is really important, you can spring for an aerosol can of airbrush foundation. This will give you an even look all over. Just be sure to follow instructions, spray it on evenly, and give it time to dry so you don’t look like a splotchy mess.