If You Strive to Be Tan, Fear Looking Like An Oompa Loompa, I Have a Solution

Being tan is a tricky thing. We all want it, yet we also don’t want the wrinkles and skin cancer that it seems to have invited to the party along with it. Yet if you choose the wrong sunless tanning option, you end up looking like you got into a really weird situation involving Cheetos.

I tried one of the booth spray tans a while ago (I’m sure they’ve improved greatly by now) and showed up to a fancy event with a lovely orange sheen.

“NEVER AGAIN!” I shouted as I tried to scrub and scrub at my wrists and in between my fingers, trying to desperately to get the embarrassing orange pigment to fade to the “I spent a few hours outside doing yard work” look I had hoped it would deliver.

My skin in its natural state is about as white as it gets, so to avoid blinding people when shorts season rolls around, I knew I needed another sunless tanner option. I finally found one I love/swear by, so I wanted to share it with you in case you were also on the hunt. It’s the BareMinerals Faux Tan line. They make products for both face and body, and there are a few reasons why I’m committed to the line:

  • It gives you just noticeable enough color, yet it still looks natural. No Oompa Loompa business, but you’ll still see a difference
  • When you apply it, it goes on darker than it actually is so you can see if you missed a spot
  • It actually smells pretty good
  • When it fades, it’s not noticeable. You don’t get weird peeling spots on your arms where part of your arm is still tan and the other is back to ghostly white
  • It doesn’t make me breakout. EVERYTHING makes me breakout.

Here are a few pictures of it in action:

There are few things in life that are more fun than getting ready to go out with your bestie ❤️👯 @leonardk227

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Brewery hopping with @leonardk227

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Again, just a little tan, but still natural. I’ve gotten comments from people being like, “You look tan!” but never anyone being like, “WHOA! Why didn’t I know you just got back from Mexico!?” because that looks weird, especially if you want to use the product when it’s not that warm out yet.

Want to grab some for yourself? You can get it at Sephora, or online:

If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!

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