Finding Your Perfect Tan: How to Choose the Right Shade for Your Skin Tone


When the summer season arrives, many of us desire a sun-kissed glow. However, achieving the perfect tan can be daunting, mainly if you still need to determine which shade suits your skin tone. 

Choosing the right shade can leave you looking artificial or orange, different from the desired outcome. That is why it’s essential to select the right tan shade that complements your skin tone, and whatever is perfect for you, Bondi Sands has it.  

In this blog, we’ll review everything you need to know to find your perfect tan shade.

Determine Your Skin Tone

Determining your skin tone is the first step to finding the perfect tan shade. Your skin tone is the natural color of your skin, which is influenced by genetics, sun exposure, and other factors. 

Five Primary Skin Tones

Fair Skin Tones

Fair skin tones are the lightest of all skin tones. If you have fair skin, you might burn quickly in the sun and have trouble tanning naturally. Opt for light to medium shades when selecting a tan for fair skin. 

Tan shades that are too dark can appear unnatural and make you look orange. Opt for shades like light caramel, golden beige, and soft peach.

Medium Skin Tones

Medium skin tones are slightly darker than fair skin tones but lighter than olive skin tones. Tan shades with warm undertones like honey, caramel, or golden brown can enhance your natural skin tone without looking too dark or unnatural.

Olive Skin Tones

Olive skin tones have a warm undertone that tans quickly and rarely burns in the sun. If you have olive skin, your tan shades like dark caramel, bronze, or chocolate. If you have olive skin, these shades will give you a richer tan without looking too dark or orange.

Dark Skin Tones

Dark skin tones are rich and deep, with a lot of melanin. If you have a dark skin tone, you have a more comprehensive range of tan shades. Deep, rich browns like mahogany, ebony, or cocoa complement dark skin tones and give you a natural-looking glow.

Neutral Skin Tones

If you have a neutral skin tone, you have the advantage of being able to experiment with both cool and warm-toned tan shades. Tan shades like caramel, golden beige, or soft peach will enhance your natural skin tone without looking too warm or cool.

Test Different Shades

Once you have determined your skin tone, it’s time to start testing different tan shades. It’s always a good idea to test the tan shade on a small area of your skin to see how it looks before applying it all over your body. 

This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises and ensure that you select the right shade for your skin tone. You can also use gradual tanning lotions, which allow you to build up your tan slowly over time, ensuring a natural-looking glow.

Prep Your Skin

Before applying self-tanner, it’s essential to prep your skin to ensure that you achieve an even, long-lasting tan. 

Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and create a smooth surface. Moisturize your skin to ensure that it’s hydrated and supple. Dry skin can cause self-tanner to appear patchy or streaky.

Apply Your Tan

When applying self-tanner, it’s essential to use a mitt to ensure that you achieve an even application. Apply the self-tanner in circular motions, blending it outwards towards your limbs. 

Pay attention to areas like your knees, elbows, and ankles, as these areas tend to absorb more self-tanner and can look unnatural. Remember to apply the self-tanner sparingly on these areas to avoid a patchy or streaky appearance.

Maintain Your Tan

Maintaining your tan is essential to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Use a moisturizer after showering to lock in moisture and prolong the life of your tan. 

Avoid activities that can cause your tan to fade, such as excessive sweating, swimming, or using harsh exfoliators. You can also touch up your tan with a gradual tanning lotion to keep it looking fresh and natural.

So go forth and get your glow on!

By following these tips, you can achieve a natural-looking glow that enhances your natural beauty. Remember to maintain your tan by keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized and avoiding activities that can cause it to fade. With a bit of patience and practice, you’ll be able to achieve your shade and enjoy the summer season with confidence.