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'Cause Streaks Ain't Chic: How to Fix a (Bad) Fake Tan

'Cause Streaks Ain't Chic: How to Fix a (Bad) Fake Tan

You can pretty much guarantee that if you try and tan last minute (because that outfit would look so much better with a tan, right?), that something's going to go wrong. Maybe it's because we didn't take the time to exfoliate properly, or maybe we didn't let our skin pores close first (yes, that's a thing). But whatever happened now your tan is all sorts of wrong — we're talking Lindsay circa 2014 kinds of wrong. It seems not even tanning gets a free pass when it comes to Murphy's law.

So, you're in your bathroom, your ankles are really orange, and you're supposed to be leaving for your friend's wedding in less than 20 minutes. And unless you've some kind of human sandpaper at the ready, there's no way you're getting that tan off in time (with all your skin still attached that is).

Luckily for you, tanning is something even beauty editors get wrong (every now and again), so they've tips to share. While chatting at Glossier's recent Top Shelf Live, Alessandra Steinherr (Glamour's beauty director), shared her secret for how she conceals her messed-up tan — and according to her, the failures have been epic. Besides the suggestion of "just wearing trousers", Alessandra uses Vita Liberata's Body Blur to literally blur any streaks or mistakes. Unfortunately for us Aussie girls, it's not as easy to get our hands on a bottle of this stuff, but we've found a seriously affordable dupe in Sportsgirl's Metallic Body Glow, and we're pretty comfortable saying we swear by it.

Scroll to shop the magic stuff, or our favourite alternatives that might even have you skipping your tan completely.

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