Similar to nailing a recipe, perfecting the art of self-tanning takes a little practice. For a quick fix (as in, you have to be somewhere, like, now), dust on bronzer to help tone down the orange. Next time, apply self-tanner to a small patch of skin to determine if you like the results before moving to the rest of your body. If you look orange, you are using the wrong formula. Each one contains a different amount of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead skin cells in the outer layer of the epidermis and changes your skin tone. With all of the offerings on the market, there’s one best suited for your skin tone—it’ll just take some trial and error to find it.