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Tanning For Your Skin Shade

A perfect tan and glow is the end game for any and all self tanners.

Becoming a bronzed bombshell is a combination of the right tan base colour shade and formula. 

This information below should help you find the  right faux tan for you.

Some prefer a particular colour base for their skin type and tone or select one to best suit upcoming events.

How do colour base tans work?

A unique set of bronzers and active ingredients give these tans their relative colour base. When the DHA interacts with your skin, these colour actives also go to work to give you that desired skin tone and end result!

No matter which color base you choose, you’re always going to get beautiful, flawless looking tan. Your tan will always look natural to you. But it can also help to know a bit about skin tones and undertones to help make a decision of where to start…

Your skin tones & undertones 

Tones tend to be simply classified into fair, medium or deep.

Undertones can be classified as:

  • Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
  • Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
  • Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)

If your skin veers pink, red, or blueish, you have cool undertones. If your skin has a yellow, peachy, or golden tinge, you have warm undertones. If you have a mix of both, your undertone is neutral.

To find your undertone, look at your wrists under natural light. Are your veins more blue or green? People with veins that appear blue or purple have cool skin tones, while those with warm tones have veins that look green.

There are limitless skin tones/undertone combinations so sometimes it can take a little bit of trial and error. 




Base Colours

Matching your skin’s undertone with a fake tan base colour is the best way to ensure a flawless result.

Green Base

A green based fake tan is the one-size-fits-all of the tanning world. This is the most popular fake tan base colour and it looks great on most skin types, giving it a natural tan finish. Green based tans are perfect for lighter complexions with cool or warm undertones.

Violet Base

Self-tanners with olive skin and a warm undertone may want to give a violet based tan a whirl. While a green based tan would still look lovely on naturally olive skin, a violet base adds a richer brown finish to this complexion.

Black Base

For women with naturally darker skin, green and violet base tans will have minimal impact on the skin. Instead, an ash coloured tan will accentuate their naturally rich hue.






Violet-based tanning products are best suited to medium to dark skin types, or anyone who wants to achieve that just-back-from-a-weekend-at-the-French-Riviera look. Red and violet based tanning products look particularly gorgeous on olive skin tones or people who are fair but tan naturally quite easily. Dark ash-based tanning products are best suited to light, medium and dark skin types, or anyone wanting to channel a dark Brazilian vibe. Caramel-based tanning products are very classic and suited to all skin tones from light to dark. It will create a sun-kissed, bronzed effect, just like caramel. Green-based tanning products are fantastic for all skin types. Green is "pink-correcting" so it makes it an ideal colour base for those with fair skin.



"The golden rule with fake tan is to never go so dark that it looks well, fake. If you have red hair and fair skin, we recommend two to three shades darker than your natural skin tone. If you have a naturally dark or deep complexion, three to four shades darker and you'll have a beautiful tan that doesn't look unnatural."



"It's a great option for people who are new to tanning. It can be a little unnerving when you first start tanning, and gradual tan is a great way to get a perfect even tan with complete control over the colour."