I bought the drops in person at Sephora, and the beauty advisor there, well, multiple advisors, suggested that I buy the violet drops. Looking at my skin tone and knowing that I usually color correct for redness, I decided to stick to my choice and buy the green drops.
The tanning drops are simple to use, You mix the drops into any moisturizer that you have. For my face, I mixed them into the night cream that I have been using, and for my body, I mixed them into this lotion.
It took a bit of trial and error to get “my formula” just right, but from prior self-tanning experience, I knew that I needed to apply with a self tanning mitt, to clean exfoliated skin, and to apply it three times, about twelve hours apart.
I basically applied at night, the next morning and then again that evening.
So my self-tanning routine goes something like this:
Exfoliate – Saturday in the shower, moisturize
Moisturize – Sunday morning as usual
First application – Sunday evening
Second application – Monday morning
Third application – Monday evening
I showered in between my first and second application, but not between my second and third. I did not moisturize any more in between each application as moisturizer is applied with the drops. I have done this “three times in a row routine” with all of my self-tanning applications to get an even, long lasting result. I usually have to reapply to my face, every three days, then exfoliate again on Saturday, then reapply on Sunday and Monday to maintain my self-tan through the season.
After trial and error, and to get the color that I like for me, I mixed the following; think of it as a recipe.
Face and neck with face moisturizer: 2 drops with the amount needed to cover face and neck
Chest and top of back: 4 drops with 4 pumps of moisturizer
Arms: 4 drops with 4 pumps of moisturizer
Hands: 2 drops with 1 pumps of moisturizer, only on top AFTER washing hands, clean up with makeup wipe
Stomach and back: 4 drops with 4 pumps of moisturizer
Legs: I divided into top and bottom, and as I like my legs darker, I used 6 drops with 4 pumps of moisturizer