3D tanning is really just a fancy new kind of contouring that uses self tanner instead of makeup. It’s the same idea as regular old contouring—using different tones to sculpt the face just like a painter would. But this takes a liiiiiittle more time and patience.
According to makeup artist Joyce Bonelli, who spoke to the Daily Mail, “‘It’s all about sculpting the body to add silhouettes and luminosity to your skin.”
It takes three steps to achieve 3D tanning at home. One, apply one-hour tanning mousse all over, and leave it on until you reached your desired level of bronzeness before rinsing off. Two, use a foundation brush to apply tanning gel to the parts of your face and body where the sun naturally hits the most—forehead, nose, and cheeks, then décolleté, and the sides of your arms and legs. Finally, shimmering dry body oil acts as a highlighter on cheekbones, temples, collarbones, and the center of your arms and legs.
Sounds like a lot of work, but hey, if it works for the Kardashians…