How to Look Tan on a Webcam

Fake a bronzed complexion for your close-up on your webcam.
Fake a bronzed complexion for your close-up on your webcam. (Image: Ralf Nau/Lifesize/Getty Images)

You want your video chat buddy to notice you, not your pale skin. Many men and women feel more confident with a tan, so it’s not surprising that the Skin Cancer Foundation reports almost 30 million people use some form of indoor tanning each year. Of that number, 2.3 million are teenagers. You can darken your pale skin without setting foot in a tanning bed. Anyone can fake a tan complexion on a webcam by trying a few simple things.

Use a sunless tanning lotion or spray. Your skin will have a golden glow in anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the formula. Use a fast-acting formula to show off your tan as quickly as possible. Exfoliate beforehand to avoid orange streaks and unevenly distributed color. Never shave the same day that you apply sunless tanner; this can cause irritation or an unsightly rash.

Wear colors that make you appear tan. This will vary depending on the color of your eyes, hair and skin. Experiment with pastels and dark colors, such as black and brown, to find which ones are the most flattering. The wrong colors can make you appear washed out, even if you are already tan.

Avoid white walls -- they will not enhance your complexion unless you already have a healthy glow. Position yourself in front of a colorful poster or dark wall before using your webcam.

Apply a shimmery powder bronzer. Use the bronzer on your neck, collarbone and ears if you want the color to look natural. Otherwise, you’ll have a dark face with a pale body.

Dim the lights. Bright lights are far from flattering, especially if you have pale skin. Close your blinds or place a sheet over the window if you do not have a light dimmer.

Eat more carrots and tomatoes. These vegetables contain carotenoids, which give skin a healthy, golden glow. Eat them raw or add them to a tossed salad and drizzle with your favorite dressing.

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