How to apply a real looking fake tan

How to apply a real looking fake tan
15 Jul 2015

I will be using my legs as an example for this, as they are often harder to get right than other areas.

You will need:

1. Pasty white legs (preferable, but not a prerequisite)

2. 110ml can of Le Tan instant foaming mousse – fast tan, bronze

3. 110ml can of Le Tan instant foaming mousse – fast tan, deep bronze

4. 400ml (or smaller) bottle of Dove summer glow, Gradual self Tan lotion, medium to dark skin

5. Any plain moisturiser that you already have at home


Your initial outlay will be approximately $38, but this will last you a lot of applications! Compared to a spray tan that would cost you anywhere from $30 to $50 and lasts less than a week.



Here are all the products

So firstly, wash your legs and exfoliate them. If you are anything like me, just shave them in the shower and skip the exfoliation. It does the job anyway. (Maybe just exfoliate the tops of your feet though if you like)

Here are my pasty, white legs ready for a much needed bronzing.


Once your legs are all dry, apply a thin layer of the Dove lotion. Rub it in circular motions instead of straight up and down to avoid streaks. Spread the lotion as high up your thigh as you wish and don’t forget to spread it lightly on the top of your feet and toes too. Wash your hands. Make sure you use soap when you do. Water alone wont get it all of. It is very important to do that part quite often so that you don’t end up with orange fingers and palms. I have certainly learnt the hard way.

Let your legs dry a little, for less than a minute, then get out your can of Le tan dark brown and put about 4 pumps on your hand. Keep pumping more foam as you go if you need to. (I use approx 6 pumps per leg)┬áSpread this over one leg at a time, in a circular motion again, but do not put any on your feet or ankles. Go up as high on your thigh as you did with the lotion and then do the other leg. If you do it quite quickly, there’s no need to wash your hands inbetween legs. But if you are a bit slow with it, you can always wash them inbetween just to be safe. OR you can wear gloves like the can recommends. (I personally don’t like wearing gloves, I have tried it and I couldn’t really feel what I was doing)

Don’t wait for this to dry before the next step. Grab your can of Le tan light brown and put 1-2 sprays on your hand. Put a thin layer just over the top of your foot, down the sides and heel, plus tops of toes, covering your whole foot. Blend it up your ankle and up your calf a bit, that way there won’t be an obvious tan line. Wash your hands once you have done both feet.

Nearly done now! Grab your moisturiser and gently smear a small amount on your finger. Blend the moisturiser along the edges of your feet and toes. This will avoid an obvious tan line on your toes, the edge of your feet and your ankles. I was always getting obvious lines on my feet, so after some trial and error, I found this works the best.

Leave it all to dry for at least 20 minutes before putting your clothes on. After about 4 hours, you should see the colour starting to change.

Here are my legs after 4 hours. They have changed colour slightly.









You will generally see the full results the next day, or at least 6 to 8 hours later.

These are my legs after the tan had fully developed.


And a comparison photo from white to tan

whiteanddarksmallerThere is no filter or anything like that on the pictures. The photo on the left was taken in the morning with natural light and the one on the right was taken at night, with the light on.

If you found this post helpful, please share it. If you have any questions or would like me to explain how I do my arms, chest and neck as well, please comment below or email me.

Good luck! Would love to hear about your results :)


Kellie Claire xx



Kellie Claire


  1. Maureen Wilson Says: March 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Wow! Kellie that was a wonderful piece to write about and learn from! I have gone through similar times!

  2. Tara Read Says: March 13, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Well written. Very honest and something we can all relate to xxx

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