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How to Fake a Tan Without Sunless Tanner: GIF Tutorial

We’ll never tire of video tutorials, but sometimes we want a step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to take a second look. Plus, they’re pretty fun to watch. Our new series will show how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes to sunless tanning—in simple, gif-tastic ways.



Summer calls for a number of sleeveless occasions and sometimes we just don’t have time to go through the whole process of fake tanning to get that pretty bronzed glow. Enter: Caudalie Divine Legs. Part skin-firming lotion and part bronzer, this lightweight lotion gives limbs a subtle glow that even the palest of ladies can appreciate. 

And despite its name, there’s no reason you can’t use this lotion on your arms. In fact, we encourage it! Read on to see how editor Lorelei gets her arms bronzed and even in just a few minutes. 


1. Grab your Caudalie Divine Legs and pump a small amount of lotion into your palm. And don’t worry about accidentally staining your hands — this innovative formula washes right off with soap and water!

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Fake A Beach Tan with this 2-Second Bronzer Trick

Photo: Allure

Just because I’m deathly afraid of the sun doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy a healthy glow. Since I don’t tan for real, I rely on sunless tanner all summer long to keep me looking bronzed (and from frightening anyone with my pallor while in a two-piece). But honestly, in the winter, I just can’t be bothered to slather on tanner from head to toe—mainly because it’s a lot of effort when the only skin I bear from November to March is my face and hands.

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Turns Out, Tanning Really is Addictive

When it comes to soaking up the sun, I realize that I am at one end of the spectrum. If I’m on the beach, I am definitely under an umbrella and most likely wearing a hat and a long sleeve tee. But I have a close girlfriend who is my polar opposite, despite the fact that years ago, we were almost equally as pale. But warm weather vacations, summers at the beach, and tanning oil have made her fair skin incredibly dark. While I’ve tried talking to her and stressing the very real threat of skin cancer, I don’t seem to get anywhere.

New research conducted by UT Southwestern Medical Center and published in Science Daily might explain why my heart-to-hearts with this dear friend are pointless: she could be addicted. The study was conducted by measuring the brain activity and blood flow to the brain of participants who were using tanning beds. The results were similar to those of addicts, meaning that all-too-frequent tanners might feel a physical need to continue the harmful behavior. Does this mean my friend might need a full-blown tanning intervention? Maybe, and I might be ready to go there one day. For now, I am just thinking of swapping out her SPF 5 for some SPF 75. 


My daily regimen these days includes my new favorite Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+.

What Do You Look Like With A Tan?

Eric Neher, Brand Marketing & Merchandising Manager

Today’s confession: I am terrified of the sun. Not in a totally freaky way, but in a I-am-blonde-haired-blue-eyed-fair-skin type of way. Needless to say, I am a big fan of sunless tanner (loving my new Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads) and during the warmer months I even dabble with spray tanning. So clearly I got excited when Refinery29 alerted me to the new TanningBooth app.

Since I am well aware of what I look like with a faux glow, I thought it would funny to tan some of my fellow Birchbox staffers. I must admit, these pics did provide some serious satisfaction—once I finally got the thing to work. My hopes weren’t super high because it only cost $1, but I will say that these results took a few days to finagle and a photo shoot specifically to get these head shots (FYI not all photos pan out, and insofar as I can tell, you need to have a background that is really contrasting). But was the time I spent totally worth it? I think so, but I’ll let you be the judge. More importantly, who do you think looks the best with a tan?


Katia Beauchamp, Co-founder

Bianca Evans, customer service representative

Lorelei Orfeo, Assistant Editor