Fake tan newbie? Or a fake tanner from way back, but keep making the same mistakes? Welcome summer in with these hacks from the experts at Skinny Tan.

Fail #1: Going for the wrong shade

Tan is created in different shades for a reason, ladies! If you’re pale, try the normal shade before trying the dark or ultra dark formulas. You will most likely find the original shade give you a more flattering tan than the ultra dark.

Fail #2: Not picking the method that suits your lifestyle

Tanning can be a hassle if it doesn’t fit seamlessly into your life, so pick a product that works into you routine. If you’re a beauty Junkie who spends time each night on her beauty regime, you’ve got patience to use something like the Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner  to slowly build up your perfect shade night after night. Not a planner, and forgotten about drinks with the girls tonight? Or a last-minute Tinder date has popped up? Go for Skinny Tan’s Instant Tan. It’s so easy to apply you can even keep it in your desk drawer and apply to your legs and arms in the office bathroom. Perhaps you’re a weekly die-hard tanner. In which case, go for a reliable, trusty overnight foam or cream, such as the Skinny Tan Body Mousse.

Fail #3: Not choosing the right formula for your skin

Don’t ignore the condition of your skin. If you tend to have dry skin, opt for lotion or oil over mousse, as these formulas are generally are more hydrating. Try the Skinny Tan Tan & Tone Oil which is infused with nourishing coconut oil.

Fail #4: Forgetting to use an applicator

If you’ve forgotten to use your tanning mitt, and have ended up with brown hands, take either toothpaste or shaving foam, rub your hands together, then wash off. But next time, don’t forget your Skinny Tan Dual Tanning Mitt!

Fail #5: Forgetting good prep

Failed to prepare? Then you’ve prepared to fail! Wax no less than 48 hours before; shave no less than 12 hours before. Exfoliate 12 hours before tanning using a good scrub and a good mitt. Try Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer and Skinny Tan Exfoliation Mitt. Also moisturise morning and night for three days leading up to your fake tan application, to ensure skin is nicely hydrated. These steps will give you the best possible finish and the most even, long-lasting tan possible.