How to Fix Tan Lines | Byrdie

How to Fix Tan Lines | Byrdie

Reapplying sunscreen is kind of like getting eight hours of sleep, eating our veggies, or getting our daily exercise—we know we're supposed to do it, but we might not always get it done. So, ending up with a tan line or two after some fun in the sun is par for the course. And it can actually be kind of cute, a reminder of how it feels to get sun-kissed in our favorite bikini, as we dream of the next beach day.

The problem is some tan lines tend to be a bit drastic. Think farmer's tan or the consequence of wearing a backless mock-neck swimsuit—not the best look. For these cases, we reached out to a couple of skin and makeup experts to learn how to minimize tan lines. From traditional methods like applying body makeup with a kabuki brush to less conventional practices like rubbing potato slices on your skin, here are some tan line–erasing hacks that'll make your stripes disappear in no time.

04 Body Makeup

When all else fails, reach for foundation, says esthetician Graceanne Svendsen from Shafer Plastic Surgery and Laser Center. Simply fill in the tan line with a camouflaging foundation like Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, which is gentle enough to use on irritated, sun-tanned skin. Set the makeup with powder to avoid smears and smudges, and you're good to go.

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