Self Tanning Routine!

Today I am sharing my self tanning routine. I get asked a lot how I self tan and what my favorite products are so I wanted to write it all out and link my favorites. Most of the time I am using my Tarte Brazilliance self tanning gel with the mitt that it comes with, I LOVE this stuff so much! It’s awesome. I also like the Tarte tanning face towlettes. Another one of my favorites is the Jergens Instant Sun Mousse, I use this with a mitt too. The Kate Sommerville tanning towlettes are also awesome but they are kind of expensive so I don’t use those as often. If I want a quick tan that is just meant to last for the day, the Benefit Hoola Zero Tan Lines is great!! I like to self tan 2-3 times a week but sometimes things get crazy and I go a week or two without doing it. It really is so easy and quick though, it only takes 5 minutes for me to do my whole body!


  1. I always start by exfoliating my body in the shower before I do any self tanning. You don’t want any dead/dry skin making your tan streaky or uneven.
  2. I don’t know if this is the right thing to do but I always put on lotion before I self tan. Maybe you are supposed to put it on after but I do it before and haven’t had any issues. I give it a few minutes to dry so that when I do put on the self tanner, it doesn’t get all swirled around with the lotion.
  3. Apply your self tanning product in front of a mirror (and use a mitt)! I never really even paid attention to the fact that I was using my mirror to make sure I didn’t miss any spots until I took these pictures of me applying self tanner outside and realized it is a lot harder when you cant see what you are doing! I never ever EVER use my hands to apply self tanner. Ever. I ALWAYS use a mitt and it ends up looking a lot more natural and you don’t get stained hands. One of my friends was using rubber gloves to apply self tanner the other day and personally I don’t think that would work as well as a mitt but you can try out either method, but I would 100% say to not just use your hands! Also I only have a swimsuit on since we were taking photos, but normally I don’t have anything on since I don’t want any lines or streaks.
  4. Let it dry for at least 10-15 minutes before you put on any clothes. Sometimes if i’m in a rush I will get dressed before that and I always feel sticky and like the self tanner is transferring to my clothes. If you let it dry completely you shouldn’t have any issues like that!
  5. For hands/feet/face it can be a little bit hard to make sure things look even and not too orange. I don’t have any amazing tips for this so if any of you do, feel free to leave them in the comments down below! I usually just really try to make sure that everything is all blended out and looks natural, the mitt helps with this a lot when it comes to your hands. I don’t know about you guys but I feel like the #1 thing that gives away a fake tan is orange hands/feet! I definitely don’t feel like the Tarte self tanning gel is orange at all but if you don’t blend it out enough on your fingers/knuckles it’s going to look a little weird. I also don’t like to use the gel on my face, I love the Jergens tanning face lotion or the Tarte face tanning wipes like I mentioned earlier. These products are made specifically for your face so they are going to be better for your skin!

And that’s it! I hope this was helpful to some of you guys. :) I have been messing around with self tanning for years and always had really really bad experiences before I tried out these products! I used to use the St. Tropez self tanning mousse a few years ago and I think I just didn’t know what I was doing/it’s a little dark for me and I have some serious regrets hahaha!! I remember I did a big meetup with my friends in Chicago a few years ago and I used the St .Tropez tanner and looked SO RIDICULOUS because I was soooo bad at applying it!!! I still have the St. Tropez self tanning mousse and I actually like it now and use it sometimes and it ends up looking fine so I don’t know what I was doing wrong back then but seriously I remember it looking so bad! It’s actually really embarrassing to think about… Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any other favorite tanning products!




  1. Maggie
    February 3, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I always mix a little bit of my self tanner with my face moisturizer then apply it to my face! :)

  2. Sierra
    February 3, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Does it ever rub off on your bed sheets? I have a white duvet cover and before it would make it orange all the time so I stopped using it. Do you have any tips on this?

  3. Marie
    February 3, 2017 / 10:30 am

    you should try the LovinTan!! I’ve been using it for years now and it’s my holy grail! It has a instant bronzer so you know where you are applying the product ? It gives such a natural looking tan and it lasts around a week! ?

    • April 10, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      I also love LovinTan!! I’ve tried so many self tanners and it is by far my favorite :) However, Aspyn, I have never tried this so I am excited to give it a try!

  4. Caitlyn
    February 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I use the Jergens natural glow plus firming daily moisturizer and before I apply it, I apply hand lotion to my hands and let it dry. Then I apply the moisturizer all over and rub the excess throughout my hands. I don’t get orange hands from this which is great because I hate when that happens! Plus I use the firming daily moisturizer because I feel that shows more color than when I use the 3 days to glow one. I use the firming daily lotion all over my body and on my face.

    • Kenna
      February 5, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Aspyn i love you and this blog post is awesome! I use loving tan and it’s my absolute favorite because it’s never streaky or orange and it lasts for a week! Love you girl!

  5. Sarah
    February 3, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    What is the best way to apply the product and blend on the face??

  6. Sydney
    February 3, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    How long does a tube of the Tarte Brazillience self tanner last you?

  7. February 3, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    I love the Vita Liberata gradual self tanner. It always looks so natural!

  8. February 3, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Need to give this a try! I love using Bondi Sands Tan! The best x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  9. February 4, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I have never fake tanned before but I love the natural looking glow it has given you! ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  10. February 4, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I love using a big, round Sigma kabuki brush to apply the tanner on my face, hands and feet! Plus it’s great for blending out any streaky parts around your ankles and wrists, etc.

    Btw, I’m totally freaking out that my St. Tropez tan doesn’t look as good as I thought it did. I’ve been switching back and forth between that and Loving Tan because you can wash it off faster. Ahhh idk! Obvs I’m not using either right now if you see my pictures I’m pale as a ghost. I totally need to reorder my LT.

  11. February 4, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I am getting married and May and headed to a tropical honeymoon. I have debated between tanning and self tanning for the wedding. Is this routine safe for a wedding? Would it ruin the dress?

  12. Lizzy Gilligan
    February 4, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I just bought the Tarte Brazilliance self tanning gel at Ulta. I was about to get the toilettes but I ended up not buying them. Do you know if the tanning gel works for face?

  13. February 7, 2017 / 4:38 am

    I never really got into self tanning mostly because of that annoying smell that most self tanners have.. I would love to try a more high end brand though since I am suuuuper pale. Also, I feel like using a mitt would really help to apply everything evenly. I might actually give the Tarte one a try in the summer. I like that it comes with the mitt and I love Tarte in general :)
    Thanks for sharing your tips!! They’ll certainly come in handy soon!
    Charlotte Luisa |

  14. Ashley
    February 7, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Where did you get the swimsuit in these pictures?? Super cute.

  15. February 8, 2017 / 5:22 am

    Thank you so much for the post! I’m always trying to self tan but somehow I can never make it work. Thank you for sharing your routine: hope you don’t mind that I’ll follow it! =D

  16. kate
    February 9, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    so happy you showed me the jargons mousse! works great and such a better price than st tropez for equal quality

  17. violette
    February 10, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Hello Aspyn,
    I have a really REALLY pale skin and I never tan ever, I don’t know why. It is so annoying !
    Anyway, last summer I invested in the Vita Liberata Self-tanninng Mousse, in Dark, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH
    You should try it out, it’s a little expensive ( 40 euros in Frnace ) and I’m not sure if it is available in the USA,
    but if it is, i recommand you try it out. It’s is so easy to apply and gives you a very natural tan, not close to be orange.
    It is always evenly applied to your body with the mitt, and make the whole difference compared to when I’m pale.
    You simply need to sleep with ot, and in the morning rince it off and you’re good to go, and the smell isn’t too bad :)

    Thank you for all of your posts, they are sooo good !
    Also it’s been so long since I wanted a self tanning routine on your blog/channel so thank you for that
    Hope my english isn’t too bad.

    You’re the best, I love so much (you have no idea) ♥♥♥
    Always here for your amazing videos.
    You’re my life GOAL !!!

    Violette, who whatches your video from Paris since the very beginning ( 2 years now )

  18. February 13, 2017 / 8:48 am

    I don’t ever self tan because i’m always afraid of looking way too orange and messing it up, but I think I might give the Tarte self tanner a go! I love how the color isn’t very orange.

  19. February 13, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips! Your self-tan looks so natural and glowy!

  20. February 14, 2017 / 3:11 am

    I actually am always super afraid to fake tan but you make it look so easy!
    I should try.

    soph xx

  21. February 14, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Thank you for these tips, I have never taned myself and I thought I would give it a try so this was really helpful. Also I love your blog and your youtube channels.
    Thank you for being an amazing person and my biggest inspiration.

  22. Bella
    February 24, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I love you and your channel! Keep it up

  23. Katherine
    February 26, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I think all of your advice is spot on! I do all of these things myself. One thing I would do to keep your hands and feet from getting to orange is to apply a thicker lotion like a body butter to moisturize the skin there so that it can’t absorb as much tanner!

  24. luana
    March 3, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Brazilians do it better! :) hahaha

    • luana
      March 3, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Also, come to Brazil Aspyn and Parker! :)

  25. Abby
    March 3, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Where is this bathing suit from? It’s super cute! I have seen it in a couple of your videos and instagram posts. Love the blog! Keep up the great work :)

  26. sandra
    June 5, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Can I use the bondi sands autralian tanning mitts on any tanner? I use jergen med/dark tanning mouse but I dont want to ruin the mitts!!!S


  27. June 14, 2017 / 10:22 am

    This was super helpful! I used to tan so easily but I just don’t. I don’t tan. I don’t burn. I’m just white, lol. Definitely going to give this a try :)

  28. Emily
    July 18, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    This is a great article! I love self tanners! I really like trying new self tanner and reviewing them on my blog! If you’re interested, check them out at

  29. July 29, 2017 / 2:10 am

    That is great. I was surprised that you actually apply self-tanner 2-3 times a week. You seem to have a lovely routine that works effectively for you. I am the owner of a premium self-tanner brand. Thanks for sharing. Below is a link to my application tips. I put together 6 steps. I noticed that your steps are fairly similar. So it’s safe to say you are basically a pro. Have a great weekend.

    • December 2, 2017 / 12:13 am

      Updated application tips 12/2/17 with new website information. I still want to share our application tips so I included my new application tips link for you and your viewers. Our previous company is now so the link that Jake included on 7/29/17 is no longer in use.

      That is great. I was surprised that you actually apply self-tanner 2-3 times a week. You seem to have a lovely routine that works effectively for you. I am the owner of a premium self-tanner brand. Thanks for sharing. Below is a link to my application tips. I put together 8 steps. I noticed that your steps are fairly similar. So it’s safe to say you are basically a pro. Have a great weekend.

  30. ava
    August 12, 2017 / 2:23 am

    I have been using Bondi sands dark and I love it but don’t recommend ultra dark it seems to swirl, for my face I do my body then blend up my neck with a pump then with the extra I will put it on my face and if you choose not to put nay on your face it doesn’t make a difference because washing your face will take It off faster, I recommend going to the washroom before hand this may be tmi but I’ve had pee get on my tan and make it uneven, also for elbows and knees make sure you bend them so you can get in all the crooks and crannies, and for anyone wondering it doesn’t stain you just have to make sure you wash it relatively soon

    • Kaylee Burger
      April 26, 2018 / 5:18 am

      I have the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark and I LOVE it! The dark is very nice as well! I used to have some problems with my hands, especially my knuckles, but luckily that’s solved.

  31. August 18, 2018 / 12:44 am

    Wow ! Its amazing blog post and has the important information regarding self tanning routine. Thank you and please keep posting this kind of blog.