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Guide to using self tan for people of colourUpdated 3 months ago

Fake tan isn't just for lighter skin tones; people of colour can also enhance their natural glow, even out skin tone, or achieve a sun-kissed look without the harmful effects of UV radiation. This guide is here to help you navigate the process, ensuring a beautiful and natural-looking tan.

Why Use Fake Tan?

  1. Enhance Natural Glow: Amplify your natural skin tone with a subtle glow.
  2. Even Out Skin Tone: Cover imperfections such as hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tones.
  3. Sun-Kissed Look: Achieve a deeper or sun-kissed look without sun exposure.
  4. Avoid sun damaged skin: Get that gorgeous glow without the harmful effects of those UV Rays!

Choosing the Right Luna Bronze Product

  • Undertone Matters: Select a tan with a base colour that compliments your skin’s undertone (warm, cool, or neutral). Check our our Total Eclipse Tanning Mousse or Solar Eclipse Clear Tanning Mousse.
  • Formulation: Lotion, mousse, and spray are popular. Mousse and sprays are easier for beginners to apply evenly.  Check out our Illume Tanning Water results here
  • Gradual self tans: These are great for dark skin because they let you decide how dark you want your tan to be and they can also even out areas where hyperpigmentation might be a concern. Check out our Glow Gradual Tanning Moisturiser.

Pre-Application Tips

  1. Exfoliate: Remove dead skin cells for an even application. Focus on elbows, knees, and ankles.
  2. Moisturise: Apply moisturiser to dry areas to prevent the tan from clinging to these spots.
  3. Patch Test: Always do a patch test to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction and to see how the colour develops on your skin.

Application Tips

  1. Use a Mitt: For an even application and to prevent staining your hands.
  2. Apply in Sections: Work in sections (arms, legs, torso) and blend well at the joints.
  3. Layer for Depth: Apply a light layer first, then build up if you want a deeper colour.
  4. Dry Thoroughly: Wait until the product is fully dry before dressing to avoid streaks.


  • Moisturise Daily: Keep your skin hydrated to prolong the tan and keep it looking fresh.
  • Gentle Exfoliation: After 3-4 days, gently exfoliate to help your tan fade evenly.


  • Streaks or Patches: Gently exfoliate the area and apply a blend of moisturiser and tan to even out.
  • Too Dark: Lightly exfoliate and use a gentle body cleanser to reduce intensity.

People of colour can achieve beautiful, natural-looking results with fake tan by choosing the right products and following these application tips. Remember, the goal is to enhance your natural beauty and achieve the desired glow or tone in a safe and healthy way.

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