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Dark tans may be out of style, but lots of brides still want to give their skin a little extra oomph by getting a spray tan. When planning makeup and hair for your big day, the tan is also now a major factor in getting the look perfect.


How To Get That Perfect Bridal Tan

How To Get That Perfect Bridal Tan


For many years a fake tan was deemed a no go for brides. They didn’t want to look back at the wedding photos and see an obvious deep spray tanned look. Nowadays there are finishes on the skin that complement all complexions and occasions. Tanning has evolved over recent years and this season, it’s a must have. Here’s what to keep in mind to make sure yours looks nice and even and not at all orange. Here’s how to walk down the aisle with a (believable) head-to-toe color:

1. If you’re going to get a fake tan before the big day, spray-tan at least two days prior to your wedding. It’ll darken on the second day, and by the third day, it’ll have settled and be perfect. I promise, you will sweat on your wedding day … so your best bet is 2 days before your wedding you should have had a spray tan. 1 day before you should have showered the excess color off. The night before the wedding or day of you should take another quick rinse shower and you will be the PERFECT color!

2. A gentle layer of self tanning gel/mousse/lotion followed by an illuminator will ensure you have a natural glow with a light radiance. When it comes to tanning the body, many brides feel more confident by gently building up the color with a gradual tanner. With these products you can layer up until you have the color you most desire.

3. Exfoliate at least two times per week starting several months before your wedding day using an oil-based exfoliant. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that may prevent your wedding day tan from looking even and fresh.

4. When your skin is healthy and hydrated it holds a fake tan longer and better, so moisturize every day after your shower. Just avoid lotions that contain alcohol or anti-aging ingredients, as they tend to dry out the skin. But on the day of your spray tan, make sure you do not apply any lotion beforehand (or makeup or deodorant, which can also contain oils that keep the tan from soaking in). Your skin should be clean, dry and free of any products.

5. Always do waxing before your spray tanning appointment. Doing this afterward can make the tan come off in those areas. Prepping is crucial for the ultimate tanning finish. Waxing or shaving should be completed 24 hours before to enable the pores to close. A must do tip is to free the skin of any older self tan and the remnants of any oil based products. A hot soak and exfoliation is ideal, then avoid any body moisturizer to keep the skin like a clear canvas, so that the tan can cling evenly. Always clean your teeth before self tanning to avoid water or toothpaste reacting with tan at the side of the mouth. Remember you don’t want your tan wet for at least eight hours

6. Book a trial appointment, maybe on the day of your engagement or bachelorette party. There are many different types of spray tanning solutions and techniques so it’s best to find the one that’s right for your skin. Start with a solution that is light and has a low percentage of the tanning agent DHA. Once the color guide is washed off, gauge the tan in natural light. Then inspect the finish on the skin every day.

7. Think about a self tan as ‘enhancing’ the skin rather than being darker.Contouring your tan on the body is a must if you’ll be showing arms and shoulders in a strapless gown. An extra layer of product on top of your existing color should be applied sparingly from the top of the shoulder and dragged under the arms.

8. My top tip for gradual tanning is to work in sections of the body at a time, and take your time in front of the bathroom mirror. A good tip is to drag over the heels and feet with large bronzing make up brush. This avoids the color clinging to deep to these problematic areas. My advice? For a truly flawless faux bronze, it’s best to call in the professionals. Splurge on a tan administered by an experienced technician, not a session in an automatic spray-tan booth, where your results may be less even and realistic. This is not a day you should mess with if you want the most foolproof results. You cannot gamble on having streaks, orange color or a sweaty melt down at any cost!

9. If you plan to take a beach trip or lay outside to tan instead, be conscious of tan lines. A good makeup artist can minimize them but the makeup may come off on the dress. And yes, the photos can be retouched in Photoshop but you can’t Photoshop you walking down the aisle … in your gorgeous dress, beautiful hair, flawless makeup and tan lines (which will spoil the whole effect).

10. Finally the color of the face, neck and ALL visible skin should match. If you meet with a makeup artist for a consultation in advance but you’re going to be a different color the next time they see you, let them know.

As with all things related to the ” big day” a bit of advance planning will go a long way to a happy ending. XOX, Aradia – Pro Bridal Makeup Artist

Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

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Posted in Beauty and Beauty Tips and Skin and Skin Care by adminbm333 on June 21st, 2013 at 5:26 pm.

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