Regardless of your political leanings, it’s hard not to notice that Mitt Romney looked a little…Snooki-esque when he took the stage at Univision forum last night. The goal of the forum was for the campaign to try to appeal to Latino/a voters, but this morning, all anyone can focus on is what appears to be the worst self-tanner debacle the world has ever seen. But all hope is not lost, and Mitt’s weird bronzer situation can be your gain. Here’s how to make sure the same thing never happens to you.
Because, see, a little self-tanner in the depths of September can be a good (though, in this case, it feels a little…racially insensitive, but that’s not the point of this piece). You’ve been out of the sun, you feel washed out, and a healthy glow just makes everyone look less…sallow. But when everyone else is getting paler by the day, too, you have to make sure you approach the self-tanner with the same kind of moderation that you’d use with, say, dessert. You also have to set the stage, and make sure it doesn’t look supremely unnatural, like Romney’s.
So here it goes.
Keep it light (and get advice)
Romney’s deeply brown face may not have been so shocking if it weren’t so clearly a departure from his usual look…and from his own gesticulating hands. Clearly, he overdid the tanner. But, weirdly, none of his staffers, kids, or wife stopped him and said “Woah, Willard. It’s time to scale that back a little,” even though they clearly must have noticed.
Always use less self-tanner than you think is necessary. You should feel, um, undercooked, so to speak, when you’re done. Then, go ask a friend or family member if you look any different. If they say “no,” consider it good. The worst case scenario is that you’re not that tan-looking. Whereas, if you overdo it, the worst case scenario is that you look like Mitt Romney in these pictures. Or Snooki.
Blend like crazy
Unfortunately for the Presidential candidate, men wearing contouring and other, non-stage makeup is still not real mainstream. One of the dead giveaways that Romney is overly bronzed is that his lips, eyelids, and other, more delicate facial features just don’t match.
If you’ve accidentally gone off the self-tanning deep end, don’t be afraid to wear a slightly darker shade of lip balm (not lipstick, it’ll just draw attention to your newly “sun”-kissed look) than you normally would, and apply a bit of golden eyeshadow from your brows, all the way down your lids. Then, use a large brush to lightly swipe bronzer powder all over your temples. The name of the game is to get all that fair, thin skin, where tanner doesn’t often take, blended in.
Someone on Mitt’s makeup team probably should had handled that for him. But then again, it was probably someone on his makeup team who attacked his face in this very terrible way.
If you’re already tan, step away from the self-tanner
Mitt Romney has spent the last few weeks prepping for debates and basically trying to keep his campaign together–and a large part of that was spent on a boat. Actually, he boated a lot this summer with his family. So he was already a little bit bronzed. Which means he probably could have skipped the tanner altogether. The Golden Rule of Tanning is, and always will be, that you have to know when to leave good enough alone.
Image via the AP