First things first; I got a shower and scrubbed down with the exfoliating gel to get nice, smooth skin to apply the tan to. After that, I made sure to dry my skin completely, and pulled my hair up and away from my face and neck. I applied the face tanner with my bare fingers, so that I could make sure it was applied evenly all over, all the way to my hair line, and that it was completely rubbed in.
Important note: I applied the face tanner FIRST so that I could then wash my hands with reckless abandon, without worrying about washing away tanner from the backs of my hands or my wrists.
I then got started on the rest. I put on the mitt, and added a quarter-sized amount of tanner to it. The tanner comes out white, which made me nervous that I would miss spots and not notice, but it has a sort of tacky feeling on the skin for about 30 minutes after application, so it was easy for me to tell where I'd put it. I started with my feet, making sure to get the tops, sides, and toes, and worked my way up from there.
Another note: if you're going to try this out yourself, I recommend watching at least one tanning tips video (like this one) beforehand, so you know how to deal with tricky spots like hands and feet.
The only difficulty I found was that the wand I'd purchased for my back was not helpful AT ALL in applying lotion. Maybe I just haven't gotten the hang of using it yet, but the only thing it was useful for was actually getting some lotion onto my back; it wasn't good for actually rubbing that lotion in. Thank goodness I'm pretty flexible, and was able to switch my mitt from hand to hand and get it all rubbed in back there. In the future, I might try out this applicator, which looks much easier to use.
After I was done, I waited about 2.5 hours before putting on any clothing or touching any surfaces. (I made sure all the windows were covered, and just walked around organizing and unpacking some more. Yes I'm still doing that. Shut up.)
When I went to bed, I still looked like my same pale self, but when I woke up the next morning, I had a healthy, slightly bronzed glow! Perfect. Check out these before and after photos: