Post # 1
I’m doing a boudoir session for my sweetie on Thursday, and I really want to get an airbrush tan or spray tan tonight. A couple questions for those of you who have done this!
1) I know you need to get the tan in advance – is today (Tuesday) okay for photography on Thursday afternoon?
2) How much does it get on your clothes? What should I wear to change into after the spray tan/airbrush?
3) What is the difference between spray tan and airbrush? which is better?
4) Can I do it an hour after showering or is it better to do when your body is dirty?
5) Anything else I need to know?!
Post # 3
Hi! First, I think it’s a reallllyyy good idea to do a trial session before your wedding day – you want to be sure you like the way it looks on your skin, the way it photographs, etc. I got an airbrush tan before my shower and I really liked it but decided ultimately it makes me “too tan” for a September wedding so I will not be doing it before the big day. To answer your questions:
1) That timing sounds fine. One thing to consider: if your skin is peeling AT ALL (from prior sunburn, etc.) the new tan will also peel along with it. Meaning, I’d rethink it unless you’re okay with being blotchy. To maintain the color be sure to moisturize and after showering only pat the towel to dry, don’t rub.
2) Minimal amounts get on your clothes during the session. I wore a strapless bra and thong underwear and it was fine. However, be sure to bring very loose clothing to wear home. Anything with tight straps, etc can leave a mark or line. I typically change into a large t-shirt and sleep in that.
3) Always do an airbrush tan over spray if you have the option. The difference is that a spray tan is “one size fits all”, done by an automated machine. An airbrush tan is applied by a real human with eyes who can spray you in a more customized way. Generally, it just looks more natural.
4) When you show up for your airbrush tan you should be clean – NO makeup, NO perfume, NO lotion and even NO deodorant. All those things can cause your tan to be uneven. And you cannot shower afterward for at least 8 hours.
Post # 4
I love getting tans (we don’t have booths here so it is always done by a lady). I always have mine the day before the event I am having it for, then go to sleep in it, wash it off in the morning and ta-da!
I always just wear a pair of old knickers for mine. She has seen thousands of boobs so not bothered about that.
Please remember that the tan may go really dark as the evening progresses so be wary when you look in the mirror in the morning. But as soon as you have showered, it goes back to looking a lovely colour so don’t panic and try washing it off before it’s ready.
I always wear a old floaty dress afterwards so as little clothing as possible touches my skin. But to be honest, evening having a seatbelt pressing against my skin etc has never caused me any issues.
Hope this helps
Post # 6
@MsVoyageur: well? how’d it go?