E!: For people who want to apply self-tanner instead of a gradual lotion, what are some things to keep in mind to minimize mistakes and uneven color?
IA: When you tan your hands and your feet, don’t put tanner on directly or even glob it on a tanning mitt. Instead, you want to just use what’s leftover on the mitt to get a realistic saturation of color.
At the end, you can even apply tanner with a makeup brush, just blending it out with a really nice kabuki makeup brush. Form a bear claw gesture with your hand and use that brush to get in between the webs of your fingers. Using a makeup brush to tan your hands and feet is a a really, really good method.
E!: When I would use that kabuki brush when I’m tanning?
IA: It’s good for those smaller areas, like in between your fingers. It’s great around your ankles and to blend out your tan in that small area between your hand and your palm. That’s an area that can easily get a little choppy. The brush would help smooth out that glow.
You can use a makeup brush to contour, adding a little definition on your arm. So, if you flex, wherever that muscle line is, contour that area with some tanner and the makeup brush. It’s also great for contouring the face. Just use that little bit of excess product you have left over, make a fishy face, and put it on your cheekbones, around your forehead, and you can bring it down to your neck under your chin.
You can also create some abs, adding some definition to your pelvic area.