The Beauty Bible: To Tan Or Not To Tan
Admittedly, I’m probably not the greatest one to talk about fake tan. I am one of those people that is dreadfully pale, so on the off chance that i wear fake tan, 99.9% of the time it goes terribly wrong! (I’m talking streaky, too dark and just overall not good!) However, as you can imagine i have never splurged out on actually going to a proper tanning salon to get one. So, I do hope that you find this post as educational as i have found it, and hopefully gives you, our fabulous readers the best tips on how to perfect that tan!
You’ll be looking back at your wedding day pictures for decades to come, so please please please make sure you look like you! Don’t completely clash with your partner and don’t appear tangoed against a white dress. (Absolute Nightmare!)
When planning makeup and hair for your big day, the tan is also now a major factor in getting the “complete look”. For many years a fake tan was deemed a total no go for brides. They didn’t want to look back at the wedding photos and see an obvious deep spray tanned look. Not to worry, nowadays there are finishes on the skin that complement all complexions and occasions. Tanning has evolved over recent years, and especially in the winter months, it can now be an essential to many!
When a bride-to-be has her first tan in a professional studio, always discuss the dress; how much skin is showing? Will the hair be up, or down? Have they spray-tanned before? What were the results? Most brides will probably say they want a natural colour that compliments the colour of the dress. Therefore a deep (un-natural) colour is not going to look great with an ivory dress unless the bride is naturally dark!
The first thing to do is have at least two trials with your tanning expert. Start with a solution that is light and has a low percentage of tanning agent. Once the original colour is washed off, gauge the tan in natural light. Then inspect the finish on the skin every day. Most brides prefer the tan on day two. This is then a great time to have a makeup trial, if you are using a makeup artist (check out The Wedding Affair Approved Supplier List!).
If you are aiming for the barely there tan, the three shower after effect is perfect at balancing the colour on the skin. No one knows you’re wearing fake tan, but you will look and feel radiant, plus you will be glowing all day!
Prepping is absolutely crucial for the best tanning finish, just like make-up really! Waxing or shaving should be completed at least 24 hours before, this enable the pores to close. If you’re worried about open pores on the face, Clarins has a very effective and gentle facial exfoliator that cleans and helps seal the pores (its amazing)! Otherwise, try applying an ice cold flannel to the face for a few minutes first!
A must do tip is to free the skin of any older self tan and the remains of any oil based products. A hot soak and exfoliation is ideal, then avoid any body moisturiser to keep the skin like a clear canvas, so that the tan can truly 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!
If you’re confident (and well trained) in applying your own self tan, always apply the same preparation tips. Tie your hair back and apply a small amount of Vaseline or barrier cream carefully over the eyebrows, and a little around the hairline to avoid staining. St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mist is apparently super easy to apply at home for that sun kissed (natural!) glow and can be applied in minutes. It leaves a warm golden finish on the skin, and with it being a mist it gets all the hard to reach areas!
For those that are wanting to have a lovely glow, yet get it from the comfort of their home, brides may feel more confident by gently building up the colour with a gradual tanner. With these products you can layer up until you have the colour you most desire. Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mouse builds up to a subtle golden hue, and is so, so easy to apply. Gradual tanners are often filled with lovely moisturisers and butters, so if you have problematic skin then this could be just for you.
Preserving your tan & Erasing mistakes…
When it comes to keeping the colour looking natural and super hydrated, always stick to cool showers and press the skin dry with your towel. Then moisturise generously with an oil free moisturiser. Express Hydration from Nivea really nourishes tanned skin, leaving it super silky and soft.
If by any chance there are any unwanted signs of tan – perhaps on the palms, wrists, heals etc – a great tip is to use a little olive oil on a cotton pad. This helps fade down the colour. This also is really effective if you have problematic skin that the tan has clinged to, and are trying to fade it down.
Remember, if you aren’t confident in tanning yourself, do leave it to an expert! This will make sure that you look and feel your best on your wedding day