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How To Fix a Self Tanner Mistake

Dig into your manicure supplies.

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

Pretty much anyone who has attempted to self-tan with a DIY product at home has a horror story. Dark kneecaps. Streaky thighs. Fingers that look like Cheetos. If you mess up your whole body, you can try one of these options — or opt for a caftan for a week or two. But if you just have a small area that requires fixing, look to your manicure supplies for help.

When I went to see Suvara founder Anna Stankiewicz for my first-ever spray tan, I was impressed by her attention to detail, which included using a small foam brush to blend my wrists and ankles so that my color looked even. She even shared a little tip for fixing small areas after you've been a tad too enthusiastic with the tanning mitt at home. 

"Use nail polish remover to get rid of small areas of self tanner hyperpigmentation or to fade certain areas," Stankiewicz advised. But there is one very big disclaimer here: "Obviously nail polish remover can be a bit harsh, so test an area first," she said. Seriously. Do not put nail polish remover on your entire leg! But using a bit of remover on a cotton ball or Q-tip to fine tune the tone of your kneecaps should be helpful in a pinch. 

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