Bridal Series

Bridal Series: Tanning yourself – How to get it right

Self tanning can go very wrong. Here are a few tips if you decide to use false tan on yourself for your wedding day:

  • Practice. You may have to try a few products before you find one that suits your skins type and tone. When you have commited to a product try it a few weeks before the big day to avoid any disasters.
  • Ask someone you trust to tell you their opinion of the tan you chose or take a picture. Is it orange? It it streaky? It should look natural with absolutely no tell tale signs that you’re tan is not real.
  • Consider the shade of your dress. A strong false tan might not look great with a stark white dress whilst very fair skin may not look great with a cream dress.
  • Exfoliate the body regularly in the weeks (even months) coming up to your wedding.
  • Moisturise your body regularly
  • Moisturise your knees, feet, ankles and hairline right before applying tan. This will stop the product clinging to the dryer skin in there areas and will ensure a more natural finish.
  • If you are afraid of doing your tan yourself, mix some tanning lotion with your moisturiser in a bowl and apply it that way (trying to mix it in your hands can sometimes be streaky) Alternatively you could choose a gradual tanning moistuiser, there are plenty of those on the market. You can then build it each night until your happy with the results.
  • Ensure your tan looks subtle and not dramatically different.
  • Apply tan with a tanning mit or rubber gloves to avoid stained palms (not a good look)
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  • Sarah

    Hiya i was just reading ur bridal series – tanning yourself , my sister is getting married next april and she found a tan that she is really keen on its, called tantistic it comes in a pink little bottel. just wondering if you have any tips on how to apply this to the face? as for when we do it , it seems to get caught in our smile lines .

    • Amy

      @Sarah For the face, keep it a little lighter than the body. It looks a little fake if your the exact same tone all over as it’s normal for the skin on the body to have a slightly deeper colour. To avoid the tan seeping into lines moisturise your face with an oil free products right before application. Pay particular attention to the hairline and edges of the face, again it can look weird. I would apply the tan to my face using a damp cosmetic sponge – thin, light coverage whilst working fast. This way you can reapply a second night for a deeper colour but aren’t left with tan seeping into lines and pores. So basically moisturise and use a damp sponge haha Best of luck!

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