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Trying a self-tanner at home can be intimidating, to say the least. But if you’re coveting that back-from-the-South-of-France afterglow without the sun damage, a self-tanner is your safest bet. As any faux tan devotee knows, proper application is key when it comes to avoiding telltale signs of an at-home tan (you know the ones: orange palms and unsightly streaks). Whether you’re a pasty girl looking to achieve a deep shade of bronze or you’re just seeking a subtle glow, we’ve got a few pointers from St. Tropez’s Skin Finishing Expert, Sophie Evans, who gave us a rundown on how to achieve an immaculate faux tan at home.

“The tan is only as good as the skin you’re working on,” says Evans. “If you’re putting self-tanner on skin with last week’s products on it, or on to flaky skin, it’s not going to look its best.” Try dry brushing the skin before hitting the shower and use a body scrub to slough off any dead skin for an ultra-smooth base for your self-tanner.

Photos: Courtesy of H&M

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