How to Self-Tan Your Hands For an Even, Natural-Looking Faux Glow

People who have never self-tanned would guess that applying sunless tanning products to your back is the hardest area of the body to tan, but proficient self-tanners know the most challenging area is actually the hands. No matter how experienced you are, hands always prove to be a little tricky.

The most telling sign of a fake tan is a poorly blended wrist - that's what Alexandra DiMarchi, celebrity spray-tan artist and global tanning expert for Tan-Luxe, told me during my first-ever spray-tan session with her. I had been using self-tanning products for years prior to this pro session, so this wasn't news to me. I had my body application technique for my at-home self-tan down to a science - my hands were always less of a guarantee.

It's true: it doesn't matter how good the rest of your tan looks, if your hands are orange, patchy, or streaky, people will know it's a faux glow. (Not that that's the worst thing in the world, but when you self-tan, the goal is usually to look as natural as possible.)

Ever since my spray tan with DiMarchi, where she shared with me her tips and tricks for applying self-tanner to your hands, I've gotten it right every time. Ahead, find her step-by-step guide, along with tips from celebrity makeup artist Charlie Riddle on how to self-tan your hands at home for flawless results.

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