04 Apr How To Master A Flawless Wedding Tan
Bronzed and glowing limbs are a girls’ best accessory for any special event so it goes without saying that you’ll want to look like you’ve just gotten back from your honeymoon before your wedding day.
You may be a regular at your local tanning salon but there are a few things that are different about the tan you should be getting for your wedding. Firstly, you need to think about your dress. Approximately zero transfer is acceptable when you step into your pristine white wedding gown and considering the length of weddings, it’s a very real threat with traditional spray tans. For this reason, never get a spray tan too soon before your big day – four to five days out is best.
Also, the contrast between your white dress and tan can amplify the colour of the tan. Anything too much darker than your natural skin can look obviously fake so for this reason, kept it toned down.
You also need to think about the way your tan will photograph. The colour is going to come up a little different with flash, in natural lighting and inside your venue so it’s really important that the colour you choose has a base that matches your skin tone. Green based tans are best for lighter skin tones with cool undertones whereas darker or olive skin tones should opt for a violet base.
Applying your own tan at-home isn’t a bad idea and gives you a bit more control on the outcome. Whether you’re a year-round user of fake tan, only need a top up in the Winter or avoid the stuff completely, it’s easy to master the perfect tan for your wedding day to give you a healthy-looking glow by following our few tips…
Exfoliate first – Always, always, always exfoliate your entire body before applying your fake tan to ensure you don’t end up with any colour build up in rough or dry areas. Also, exfoliate the day before you tan to avoid the colour sitting in abrasions.
Moisturise after you exfoliate – You’ll want to have completely clean skin to apply your fake tan so be sure to moisturise the day before application, just after you exfoliate.
Go easy on elbows, ankles and knees – It’s better to have too little than too much tan in these delicate areas. They’re prone to discolouration so once you’ve finished applying tan to the rest of your body, gently swipe over the areas using whatever residue is on your mitt.
Apply your tan in layers – The best way to control your colour is to use light layers. It’s a good idea to do your first application at-home application three days before your wedding so you can apply a second coat the following day if you want a deeper colour result.
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