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Christina Ney

Christina Ney

EST. 2018

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Are you thinking about getting a faux glow before your wedding day? Great choice! It’s so much healthier to get a spray tan instead of using a tanning bed or spending hours in the sun. 

If you want a fabulous glowing tan that will look amazing in all your wedding photos, it’s important to be picky about where you go. Not all spray tans are the same! Here are a few tips on how to get the ultimate wedding day spray tan.

Consider Your Natural Skin First

It’s important to weigh all your options before you choose to get a wedding day tan. Although you might be self-conscious about your tan (or lack thereof), no one will be focusing on it on your big day. What’s important is that you feel comfortable. 

You may have naturally paler skin and have no problem going natural on your wedding day. On the other hand, you may really want a little extra color in your skin. And that’s totally fine! It’s your day! Whether or not you choose to tan is completely your decision.

Don’t Create Too Much Contrast 

As the bride, you want to stand out on your big day—but not because of your tan. Ask the other members of your wedding party if they’ll be getting fake tans for the wedding as well. You need to think about how you’ll look at the altar standing next to different levels of tans. 

Not only do you have to consider what you’ll look like on the day of your wedding, but you should also think about the photos. These are photos that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. If there’s a major contrast between you and the rest of the wedding party, your photos may not look how you envisioned them.

If your tanning salon has the option, you could attend a tanning party. This is the best way to ensure that everyone in the bridal party has the flawless glow they want for the wedding. When you book a tanning party at Tanique, you all get 10% off AND complimentary wine! When you all go to the same reputable salon, everyone will have a gorgeous, even tan that will look equally amazing in photos and in real life.

Keep the Season in Mind

If you have a summer wedding, you may want a darker bronze glow. But if you’re getting married in spring or especially winter, it’s important to choose a lighter tan. If you show up looking like a bronzed goddess to your winter wedding, you may look a bit out of place. If you go to a good airbrush tanning professional, they’ll help you pinpoint the right shade for your big day! 

When you go to a professional spray tan artist, you’ll be able to tell them your expectations for how much of a tan you’d like. They will be able to appropriately match your skin tone and the time of year to the perfect tanning shade. The goal of every spray tan artist is to make you happy with the result and love the way you look on your wedding day and in all your photos! 

Get a Trial Before You Commit to the Color

Just like you’re probably planning a hair and makeup trial, you should also be getting a tanning trial. This will give you the opportunity to tweak the color by going a little lighter or a little darker if needed the day of. Schedule your tanning trial at least a few weeks before your wedding. 

Even if you tan regularly, it’s important to know what you’ll look like with your tan wearing all white. You might choose to have your tanning trial right before their bachelorette party or bridal shower where they will be wearing white. This way, you can see how your tan will look against a wedding dress. 

It’s also a good idea to schedule your tanning trial right before your makeup trial. This will help the makeup artist select the perfect foundation shade and ideal bronzer application for your wedding day tan. 

Choose an Experienced Professional

Instead of going to a tanning booth, it’s best to trust the pros. Custom airbrush tanning is the way to go! It’s applied by hand to ensure smooth, even coverage with no blotches. It’s also customized to your skin tone so you never end up with the wrong shade. The results are a smooth, even, all-over glow that you won’t get with a booth.

The wrong spray tan could turn your skin too orange or too olive for your natural tone. It’s very hard for your photographer to fix a bad spray tan. They can’t cover up the blotches. If they edit photos to look warmer, this will make you look even more orange. An unprofessional tan will just cause your photographer to have to edit more extensively than usual.

Get your tanning appointment two or three days before your wedding for best results. However, some people may find they like the color on a different day best. This is why it’s best to experiment beforehand and see what you like the best. Tanique is the best spot in Des Moines for a wedding-day spray tan! 

Bridal Portrait

Take Good Care of Your Skin Before and After Your Spray Tan

Whether you choose a booth or a custom airbrush tanning session, make sure to prepare your skin well by exfoliating and shaving first, and follow up afterward by moisturizing and not using harsh soaps that could strip the color. The tan should be the final step of your wedding beautification routine. If you want a wax for your wedding, it should happen before you visit the tanning salon. You should also get your wedding pedicure and manicure before getting the spray tan.

If your spray tan artist gives you other instructions, listen to them! Not following aftercare instructions is one sure way to mess up your tan, no matter how good the initial application was. By using the wrong aftercare products, you could strip your beautiful bronzed color. Tanique offers products to enhance and extend the life of your tan, including a body wash, tan extender lotion, and touch-up options.

Signature, xo, Christina

Special thanks to Traci, from Tanique, for collaborating with me on this post!

How to Get the Perfect Spray Tan for Your Wedding Day

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