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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: July 30, 2013

How to use self-tanner without looking like a fool

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It’s been feeling a little bit like fall lately. If you haven’t achieved that level of sun soaked beauty yet, fear not! I’ve rounded up the very best tips for applying self-tanner so you can look sun-kissed and not streaky.

EXFOLIATE
This is a given but should not be taken for granted. Many experts say to go with an oil-free option and use a loofah or muslin cloth to give yourself a scrub down. Keep in mind never to shave right before applying. That will lead you right to a splotchy pain fest.

COVER THE PROBLEM AREAS
Apply a little vaseline or moisturizer to rough spots, like the knees, cuticles and elbows, so they don’t over absorb color.

START AT THE BOTTOM
Whether you use towelettes, a spray bottle or the tanning foam, start in one area and work your way up so you don’t forget where you’ve already covered.

A LITTLE LOTION
Once your entire body is covered, reapply a little moisturizing lotion at the finicky areas – the knees, ankles, elbows. And scrub your nails and hands with soap and water to prevent odd discoloration.

MAINTAIN IT
To keep your glow going longer, use a gradual self tanner that you can find at most drugstores. That will keep you looking sun kissed well into the next season.

IF YOU TURNED INTO CARROT TOP…
Lucky for you, self tanner isn’t permanent. If you need to remove it, take a warm bath with a few tablespoons of baby oil, then shower and scrub it off. This should lessen the orange glow on your skin in no time at all.

Do tell – is there a brand or product you LOVE for self tanning?  

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