Brides want to look and feel their very best on their big day. For many this means having tan and glowing skin that looks naturally sun-kissed. But don’t be fooled! Having a spray tan is not just about looking beautiful. It will also help a bright colored dress POP against your skin! Prior to getting a spray tan however, there are some general rules to keep in mind. Get the lowdown on spray tanning for your wedding day, including need-to-know tips and tricks!
Spray Tan vs. Tanning Bed vs. Self Tanner
When researching ways to obtain a tan, you will come across three methods.
- Tanning Bed – This method entails laying in a bed, in which you are directly exposed to UV rays for a short period of time. If you didn’t know already, tanning beds are extremely harmful to your skin. Although it may not cause immediate visible damage, it will become apparent as you age. Often via sunspots, premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Trust us when we tell you that it is not worth the short term tan, no matter how quick and easy the method may be.
- Self Tanning – Self tanning, while not harmful, will not yield the best results. Unless you have ample experience with self tanning, you probably won’t look the best. It requires ample preparation, perfect application and quite a bit of upkeep. Even then, self tanner is more prone to fading and transfer. Unless you are a pro self tanner, you run the risk of staining your wedding dress.
- Spray Tanning – Spray tans require you to visit a professional, at which point a fine mist will be expertly applied to your skin. Spray tans can be customized to suit you perfectly and will instantly even your skin tone. They also hide blemishes, such as discoloration and even cellulite. This makes spray tanning your best bet for a healthy glow that your skin, and the camera, will love.
Preparing for a Spray Tan
Before going to get a spray tan, there are a few things you will need to do to prepare. They will help your spray tan look great and last as long as possible.
- Your nails should be done, your hair waxed or shaved, hair colored, and so on. If you do wax, do so 24 hours before your appointment.
- Exfoliate 4 hour prior to your appointment. This time frame means your skin will be clean for the spray, while also allowing the pores to close up.
- Do not moisturize or wear any makeup or other beauty products.
- Wear loose fitting clothes to and from your appointment. Dark clothes will be less likely to stain.
How Dark You Should Go?
When considering how dark you want a spray tan to be, you should first know that your skin tone will dictate your options. You should only go a few shades darker than your normal skin tone. If you are a first time tanner or are unsure how dark you want to go, don’t fret! A professional spray tan artist will know which shades will give you a glow and still look natural. Choose carefully when hiring an artist and look for someone will will guide you in making the correct choice that aligns with your goals. It is well worth it to pay more for the results you desire!
The Importance of Trials
As with hair and makeup, you should have a spray tan trial. In general, plan to have at least 1 to 2 trials for a spray tan. This way you can test out a few different shades to find the best option. Once you have found the right color spray tan, you should then book your hair and makeup trial. You tan will effect the style and shade of makeup you wear. Going to your makeup artist with your final spray tan choice will allow your artists to better prepare for your big day and deliver the best results possible. You will also feel more confident when it comes time for the real deal!
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When to Get Your Spray Tan
Don’t make the mistake of booking a spray tan on the day of your wedding. In general, aim to have it done two days prior. Why? It will allow time for your tan to even out. Once it has evened out, you will be able to do any necessary touch-ups. Meaning no unsightly splotches or blotchiness!
Post Spray Tan Care
After you have obtained a spray tan you will need to be careful to protect it. You want it to last throughout your big day!
- Wait at least 4-8 hours after your spray tan before you shower, but no more than 24 hours. In the shower, be quick and use warm water. Use an oil-free body wash and do not scrub. To dry off, avoid rubbing your skin and pat dry instead.
- Immediately after your tan, avoid all moisture. Including sweating, moisturizers, liquid foundation and/or other products.
- You should begin moisturizing the morning after your tan and each night going forward.
- If necessary, top off your tan with with a tinted moisturizer, highlighter and bronzer.
Getting a spray tan is an instant way to boost your confidence! At the Wedding Society, we want every bride to feel beautiful on her special day. We hope that we were able to answer some of your questions, alleviate your concerns, and leave you with some helpful tips in regards to getting a spray tan for your wedding.