This article previously appeared on InStyle US.
If you’re on the fence about trying a self-tanner, don’t do it. Because when you’re nervous about it, you tend to apply it gingerly, and that’s what leads to streaks, says St. Tropez Tanning Expert Sophie Evans. The way to an even faux glow is to slather it on, no mater the consistency of the formula, without fear. “The skin can only absorb a certain amount of the tanning agent,” Evans says. “Therefore you’ll achieve the same color using the correct amount of the product, or even the entire bottle,” she says.
So whether you go for a lotion (which is best for dry skin, Evans says), foam or spray, apply liberally and evenly. If you later find a patch of uneven color has developed, Evans has a quick fix: “Apply baby oil to the darker areas and leave it on for 10 minutes,” she says. “Then scrub the skin with an exfoliator and buff with a hot, damp wash cloth.”