Updated: Jul 10
Your Ultimate guide to getting the perfect spray tan for your wedding or any occasion.
"I want to get a spray tan, but I dont want to be orange on my wedding day" or "I want a spray tan, but I don't want it to stain my dress." This is the most common questions we have heard, while spray tanning some of our previous Brides. To be honest, If I have never had a spray tan before I would be terrified as well. Especially since your wedding day will be the most important day of your life.
You want to be tanned the natural way, but you dont want it to come at a cost. Weather the cost may be looking like your in your Halloween's best. Charlie Brown's great pumpkin has nothing on you. YIKES! So how do you prevent looking orange on your wedding day? How do you prevent your spray tan from turning your dress another color?
Keep reading to find out more.
Work with a spray tan artist
The first tip when preparing for your bridal tan is to make sure you find the right spray tan artist. Not all spray tans are the same, which is why it’s important to find someone who can customize your color to your unique skin tone. When it comes to wedding spray tans, it’s worth it to pay more for a quality experience and results.
In addition to finding the perfect color, a skilled spray tan artist can also contour your body in all the right places to give you a toned, healthy look. Strapless dress? Make those shoulders and collarbones look beautiful and defined. Backless gown? Highlight and elongate your back for a stunning look. All this is possible when you work with the right spray tan artist.
Don't skimp out on the trial
The one thing that us wedding beauty professionals talk about all the time is hair and makeup trials. Your golden glow is no differnt. Just like makeup and hair you want to try your look before your big day. That includes finding the correct shade for your skin tone and asking your artist any questions you may have about your wedding day. This preparation will help you feel more confident when you go to your pre-wedding appointment (because we all know that you’ll have enough jitters anyway!).
When should you have your trial?
We recomend having your trial whenever you have an event scheduled for your wedding like: bridal shower, hair/makeup trial, engagement party, etc. Choose a date & time that works best for you, as long as it's 1-2 months before your wedding day.
Preping your skin for your spray tan
Preparation for your wedding spray tan starts long before you even step foot into the salon. These spray tan tips will help you prepare your skin so you receive a nice, even glow that lasts even after the vows are exchanged and you ride off into the sunset.
Get your nails, waxing, hair, and any other pre-wedding appointment done at least a day before your spray tan so your skin is nice and clean.
Exfoliate in the shower at least 4 hours before your spray tan. Exfoliating helps sluff off dead skin so your spray tan has a blank canvas. But, you want to give your pores enough time to close back up to avoid a blotchy or orange spray tan
Make sure to use an oil-free exfoliator that’s organic and gentle on your skin.
When you’re exfoliating, make sure to use an exfoliator that’s oil-free and made from organic ingredients.
When you come to your appointment, make sure you don’t have any lotions or makeup on.
Wear dark, loose-fitting clothes after your appointment to avoid any rubbing or weird lines.
After your spray tan
After you have your spray tan for the wedding, it’s important to take care of it to help it fade evenly and look beautiful for up to two weeks after your appointment (which is perfect if you’re jetting off to your honeymoon right after the wedding).
These post-spray tan tips will help keep you glowing leading up to, and for days after, the wedding:
Avoid all moisture, including working out, sweating, and showering for at least 4-5 hours after your spray tan. Even if you’re still working on that wedding body, take a break from the gym as your tan develops.
When you do shower, take a shower that’s as cold as you can handle. Hot water strips your tan off quickly and if you want to make your spray tan last for your wedding and beyond, you need to take good care of it. You should wait at least 4 hours to shower, but not longer than 24 hours.
Avoid any exfoliants and just use the palm of your hand to gently rinse off. Avoid harsh scrubbing, hot water, drying soaps, and other chemicals.
After day 4 of your tan, moisturize twice a day with an oil-free moisturizer. Even if you have a perfect glow, no one wants dry skin.
Keeping your hands off your skin as much as possible. You don’t want to mess up your spray tan before the wedding!
Every bride will be different, but if getting a spray tan for your wedding makes you feel confident and beautiful on your big day, go for it! Just remember to keep these tips in mind so you know who will do your tan, what color your tan should be ahead of time, how to prepare your skin for your spray tan, and how to take care of it afterward. With these tips in mind, you’ll enjoy an even glow specially made for you for your wedding.
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