Dosing bronzing lotion or tanning cream from a flask with a doser to a pink tan applicator glove.

When it comes to self-tanning, such as through tanning drops or mousse, most discussions revolve around achieving a sun-kissed glow for fair or lighter skin tones. However, for individuals with darker skin tones, self-tan can sometimes leave their skin looking ashy or unnatural.

But fear not, as there are ways to achieve a natural-looking and dewy skin finish that enhances your beautiful complexion.

We reached out to LA-based tanning expert Alexandra DiMarchi, of Airbrush By Alexandra, the global tanning expert for self-tanning brand Tan-Luxe. Here, she explores tanning options for darker skin tones and how to achieve that radiant glow.


Embrace Your Natural Skin Tone

First and foremost, it’s essential to embrace your natural skin tone. Darker skin tones have a naturally radiant and glowing quality, so instead of trying to alter it drastically, focus on enhancing and evening out your complexion.

Embracing your natural skin tone not only promotes self-confidence but also allows you to experiment with tanning products that enhance your beauty rather than change it.


Highlighting Products

To achieve that coveted dewy-skin finish, incorporating highlighting products into your routine is key. Highlighters with a golden or bronze undertone can add a subtle shimmer to your complexion, giving you a radiant glow.

Apply a small amount to the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones, brow bone, and down the bridge of your nose, for a luminous effect. Remember to choose highlighters that complement your skin tone for the most flattering results.


Different Self-Tanning Products

When it comes to self-tanning products, opting for a gradual self-tanner is a great choice for darker skin tones.

Alexandra said: “Less is more! I always recommend a gradual self-tanner for clients that would like a skin finish vs a noticeable tan. Gradual self-tanners are formulated with a lower amount of DHA and will develop to skin tone just enough to even their complexion and give a slight glow”.

The expert tanner also shared a tip to achieve the dewy look by incorporating the use of Tan Luxe’s Super Gloss with your makeup and body routine.

This product can be applied on top of your self-tanner or directly to your skin for an extra boost of radiance, designed to give your skin a glossy, dewy effect, enhancing the natural beauty of your complexion.

Remember, when using any self-tanning product, it’s crucial to exfoliate your skin beforehand to ensure an even application. Pay extra attention to areas with rough skin, such as elbows and knees, as they tend to absorb more product. Additionally, always follow the instructions provided with the self-tanning product for the best results.


Glowing skin awaits you

Achieving a dewy skin finish for darker skin tones is all about enhancing your natural beauty rather than drastically altering your complexion. Embrace your unique skin tone and incorporate highlighting products into your routine to add a radiant glow.

When it comes to self-tanning, opt for gradual self-tanners formulated with a lower amount of DHA. And don’t forget to try out Super Gloss recommended by Alexandra for that extra touch of luminosity.

With these tips and tricks, you can achieve a natural-looking and dewy skin finish that complements your skin tone beautifully.