Beauty 101: How to nail your fake tan every time

Fake tanning is a fine art. From the pre and post application process, it can be tricky nailing it every time.

So to help you achieve the perfect result, BD has rounded up 11 tanning must-haves, from exfoliation, application and tools for those hard-to-reach areas. And because accessories are not relevant unless there’s something to apply (or remove), we’ve thrown in a few tanning products for good measure. 

Jbronze Body Application Mitt

Jbronze Body Application Mitt is a tanning tool designed with two luxurious mitts to speed up tanning time, and a middle section to reach every part of the body, including the back. Made from luxurious double-sided velvet for optimum skin comfort, the mitt has a protective liner to help keep hands stain-free. 

Aussie Bombshell Gradual Tan

Aussie Bombshell Gradual Tan provides a simple and effective way to build up a tan on-the-go. It has an accelerated level of active ingredients (DHA) to deliver a darker tan in a shorter amount of time without the hassle of washing off. It's enriched with macadamia and almond oils to leave skin feeling nourished and hydrated, while activating a natural glow.


TANNED MINI Facial Mitt is designed specifically for the face, put one (or two) on the index and middle finger and enjoy the freedom of a miniature mitt. Available in six shades.

Napoleon Perdis Whipped Dream Tan Enhancer

This product is formulated to deeply moisturise with olive oil, almond oil, shea butter and hazelnut oil, helping to maintain a tan and prevent moisture loss. It evens skin tone and relieves the effects of the sun, helping to restore skin’s elasticity. 

LYCON X-IT Exfoliating Mitt

LYCON X-IT Exfoliating Mitt is a body mitt designed and made to LYCON quality standards. It effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, clears impurities from pores, deeply decongests, helps lift ingrown hairs and stimulates the circulation.

Hawaiian Tropic Self Tan Foam - Ultra Dark

This new addition from Hawaiian Tropic pampers skin while tanning, with an ultra light foaming formula, containing vitamin E to hydrate skin. The transfer resistant formula dries quickly, providing a flawless and streak-free glow. Infused with a tropical scent and is paraben free, not tested on animals and Australian made.

Bondi Sands Back Applicator

Bondi Sands Back Applicator is a self-tanning tool that can be used to apply tan to the back and behind the legs and neck. The soft foam applicator has been designed to provide even coverage for flawless results. It conveniently folds away for easy storage and travel.


Bronzinc is a skin-toned zinc sunscreen that provides maximum SPF 30+ sun protection. Fragrance free and water resistant for up to four hours, it gives a zinc formulation with a natural looking colour.

Ella Baché Great Tanning Mitt

Ella Baché Great Tanning Mitt is a reusable, double-sided foam mitt that protects hands from unwanted tan, while providing a streak-free application.

EcoTools Ramie Bath & Shower Mitt

Designed to help cleanse and exfoliate, this bath and shower mitt is also environmentally friendly, as it's made from the ramie flowering plant.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator Highlighter

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator Highlighter is a light reflecting highlighter that creates the illusion of longer legs and glossy-skinned perfection. Light-reflecting pigments give this innovative illuminator a buildable shimmer and radiant glow. The hydrating formula blends easily and glides on smoothly and leaves legs looking slim, sleek, and elongated. It's quick-drying, transfer resistant and convenient with a quick rollerball application to roll on for sleeker looking legs.