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what can I use to make the skin tone on my face (pale) look the same as my body (olive)
Are you me? I have the exact same problem, although my face skin is olive but just doesn't tan. I've found that I have to match my face to my body with bronzer - it took ages too find a good match. The only thing is that the bronzer tends to wear off by the end of the day.
I did try using st tropez daily face tan, but couldn't get a good colour match. Someone said that fake bake were good for olive skin so I might have a look round and see if they do a daily face one.
Gradual face tanners look more natural than just fake tan on the face. You can add your usual moisturiser as well to give even less of a tan if you feel the look isn't natural just using gradual face tanning alone.
I have the exact same problem. I use St Tropez Gradual Tanner (the regular version rather than the face version). I also use a bronzer - a cheapy Boots 17 one which is as good and long-lasting as any more expensive versions I have tried.
Pah! I'm just the same. My face does tan but it disappears very quickly, whereas my body stays tanned year round.
I am using a BB cream at the moment and always have a sweep of bronzer over cheekbones/nose/temples. I find finding a foundation colour match almost impossible as my face doesn't match my neck, which in turn, doesn't match my chest.
So gradual tanner rather than instant. Eek there's so many. I can see this being a disaster. Any tips for a self-tanning virgin?
Going to have to ask around the make-up counters for bronzers as I find if I buy them myself they look too orange and get dumped when I get home.
Good point about wearing a scarf or statement necklace CeeCee . I haven't really done either in years as I've had two babies in that time that go for anything round my neck and try to break it. Kind of got out of the way of wearing jewellery.
I'd try Clarins Intense Bronze for face and décolleté. SalonSkincare have it on offer ATM at £15. It's very good and doesn't smell as bad as the clarins Instant Smooth one in the little pot IMO. I had that and couldn't wait to finish it, as the snell was utterly awful.
queen I have to confess that I use the original lotion - a tiny amount on my face followed by my usual moisturiser. It's actually my dd's Fake Bake and I used it one day as I'd run out of foundation but liked how natural it looked on me.
I've tried most of the gradual face tanners but they all seem to look a very unnatural colour on my skin and don't match the rest of me, plus I don't like the build up and blocked pores.
The St Tropez Gradual Tanner is pretty much fail-safe. It is the only one I have not had a disaster with.....having tried most of the others on the market. For the first application, prep your skin by using a facial scrub and a deep cleansing mask followed by a good moisturiser. Leave until moisturiser has thoroughly soaked in and then apply gradual tanner. I then top up every other day/couple of times a week. I sweep the tanner from my cheeks over my ears to ensure there aren't any harsh lines. Don't forget your neck and sweep down onto the chest to blend. I also avoid going to close into the hair line as my natural tan always seems to leave a small gap between hair line too.
Use the Fair/Medium version for a subtle build up. I haven't had a problem with blocked pores with this.
If you find bronzers are usually too orange, try bronzing pearls which, IME give a more subtle glow than solid colour blocks. The one I have has lots of pink and lighter golds in it rather than dark. It gives a healthy glow rather than a tango tan.