Southern Mom Loves: How to Contour with Self-Tanner and Maintain Your Glow Longer!

How to Contour with Self-Tanner and Maintain Your Glow Longer!

Monday, April 3, 2017

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With warmer weather here, I can't wait to get outside! Trips to the beach are in our near future, but starting off the season with deathly pale skin is not something I like to do, so I always use a gradual self-tanner like JERGENS® Natural Glow® to get some color first. This year I'm using some new products to get an instant subtle bronze, to contour, and to maintain my glow longer. Contouring with self-tanner isn't hard and I'll give you the step-by-step and show you exactly where to put it to enhance your natural curves and how to maintain it all summer long. Create Your Own Sunshine!

If you follow the blog you know that I've been using JERGENS® Natural Glow® since it came out years and years ago. I've tried so many self-tanners, both gradual and not and it was the best, most natural color that I'd tried, so I stuck with it and every year their products just get better and better.

This year I'm starting out with the new JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer and JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse. Natural Glow® Daily Moisturizers offer a more gradual build and Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse works with your skin tone to deliver a flawless tan instantly.

I'm loving the moisturizer so much! I got it in "Fair to Medium" for my super-pale skin (also comes in Medium to Tan.) You use very little so the bottle will last a long time. Just turn off the shower, spread it on, and towel-dry as usual. Done! I was worried it would leave color on my white bath towels, but nope! They really killed it with this one! Use it in place of regular moisturizer to achieve beautiful, natural-looking color and then use every other day to maintain your color.

My new favorite for the year is the Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse. You apply once for instant natural-looking color. I grabbed the "Light Bronze" (there is also a Dark Bronze) and it was a great match. It's not too dark for my skin and you can see it as you're putting it on, so you definitely won't miss any spots. Another thing that I love about it is that it dries in 60 seconds so you can be finished quicker and get dressed without it leaving stains on your clothes.

I used JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse to get an all-over tan right away, then used it to contour. I'm maintaining that contoured look with the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer 2x a week. It will maintain the glow and also be your daily moisturizer to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

You can find them online here. I found them both in the Health & Beauty section at my Walmart with the body lotions, but they may be in different sections at your local Walmart. Look for these stickers on the packaging and you can save some cash too! 

Once you have your products, you can get right to it with just a few tools you probably already have in your home.

How to Contour with Self-Tanner

You'll need:

  • JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse
  • A small bowl (not plastic)
  • Large, medium, and small makeup brushes

Start by applying the self-tanner all over to get a base bronze going. It's very light, so you may want to do two layers, letting them dry in between.

When you're ready to contour, pump some of the self-tanner into the bowl. You want to use just a bit for contouring, so start with a pump at a time and just dip the edge of your large brush in the tanner. 

Going from bottom to top, you'll brush tanner onto where your shadows fall naturally. 

Start by brushing a line down the center of where your shadow would fall, using the most tanner in that area, then using what remains on the brush to widen and feather out the edges of the area so you have a natural transition and not a solid line on your skin. 

From bottom to top, contour:

  1. Inner thighs in a straight line to your knees
  2. Under your buttocks in a half-moon
  3. The sides of your waist, both front and back
  4. The undersides of your upper arms
  5. The outside of your breasts in a half-moon
  6. The insides of your breasts in a half moon that ends about 1/3 of the way over the tops
  7. Over and under your collarbones

When contouring the face, use much smaller brushes and the same technique described above: Use sparingly, start in the middle of the shadow, and feather the edges outward.

From the outside to the center, contour:

  1. The hairline around your forehead, stopping right above the edge of your cheekbones on the sides, feathered towards the forehead. Make sure to get into your hairline with the tanner
  2. The undersides of the cheekbones, from your hairline stopping about halfway across your cheek
  3. Underneath the jawline, feathering to the jaw on one side and the neck on the other
  4. The sides of your nose in a straight line, feathering outwards
  5. Underneath your nose, feathering to the tip

Once you're all contoured, wait 60 seconds to get dressed and you're finished! Start using your JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer twice a week to maintain your contours and color.

Self-Tanner Tips & Tricks

  • For the most natural-looking color, be sure to exfoliate first
  • Use sparingly on dry areas like knuckles, knees, ankles, and in between fingers/toes. Applying your regular moisturizer first helps minimize extra color absorption
  • Smooth on evenly and thoroughly just as you would with any moisturizer
  • Use a sunless tanning mitt to help apply all-over tanner to minimize hand staining
  • For gradual glow moisturizers, use daily until you have achieved the desired level of color, then continue to apply 1-2x a week
  • For instant tanners, apply evenly over a complete area. Use enough to cover a whole area of your body at once (such as an entire arm) using long, smooth, downward strokes for coverage.
  • After applying, wash hands thoroughly, apply a small amount to the tops of your hands with a washcloth to help blend the color onto the tops of your hand
  • Do not shower for 4-8 hours after application. Allow to deeply penetrate and build color. If possible, avoid wetting skin for 8 hours.

For more tips and tricks with self-tanner, check out this post.

I feel more confident putting on those summer dresses and swimsuits when I have a little color to my skin. If you feel the same way, these products are the perfect way to get it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Now get out there and enjoy the season!


Do you use self-tanners? Do you like an instant glow or a gradual build-up? Will you be trying contouring this year? I love to read your comments!

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