The mistakes EVERYONE is making when applying self-tan - we speak to an expert to explain all…

Streaky, uneven, odd-coloured tan? It’s time to break your bad faux glow habits. We speak to celebrity tanning expert Amanda Harrington about the three fake tan faux-pas that have been stopping you from getting your olive skin tone on-point…

Prepare your skin for tan

 “The biggest mistake people make is not spending enough time prepping their skin,” says Amanda.  

“Make sure to exfoliate off all dead skin cells before application using a glycolic acid-filled scrub, which will renew the skin and hydrate it at the same time.”  

This will leave an uber-smooth canvas that’ll hold on to tan for longer and allow product to blend more seamlessly. 

Choosing the right fake tan shade 

“It really is so important to work with your natural colouring,” Amanda explains.

“People want to deepen their tan so head straight to dark, but this doesn’t always suit their skin. Instead, opt for formulas that work with the natural tone of your skin which will ensure that you end up looking as if you have tanned naturally in the sun.”



Olive skin tones tend to have a slight green or yellow shade to them in summer, and can appear ashy or grey in winter - so to avoid sallow skin all-year-round, get your mitts on a self tan designed for olive skin tones as this works to counteract these undertones and mimic the way your skin would naturally react to the sun. 

Ditch the tanning mitt 

It has long been believed that a tanning mitt is the best way to apply fake tan – but according to Amanda brushing your tan on is the way forward.

“Use a brush to buff product into the skin,” she advises. “it’ll not only make your tan look less streaky (product blends better into knuckles, feet, ankles, etc), but it’ll also help the product reach a deeper level of the skin’s epidermis to ensure that your glow lasts longer.”

Just remember to keep blending and applying in an upwards and outwards direction to add definition, contour and sculpt your face and body.


“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


“Before I used EX1 Cosmetics I tried EVERY premium foundation on the market. Some were ok, but most left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I didn’t have much hope for a foundation costing £12.50, but I was SO wrong. The medium coverage looks like your skin but better and it doesn’t oxidise.”


“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


“I used to mix at least two different foundations to create the right shade for my skin – until I found EX1 Cosmetics. The shade match is spot on and the formula blends perfectly into my skin. I love it.”


“I had seen that loads of celebrities using EX1 Cosmetics Foundation and I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hyp e. It blew me away. The formula feels so premium for £12.50. I recommend it to everyone.