Self Tanning Question

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

you need to get a spray tan without bronzer — many of them have bronzer added and the bronzer is what gets all over the place. if you walk out of the booth and look tanned then it had bronzer in it. The good news is after one good shower (soap and water & a face cloth — all over!!!) you will get the bronzer off and it will be fine

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am really pale too and I have gotten spray tans before and they never look good and they do get on your clothes (even after you’ve showered). The biggest problem with them is that they look awful when they start to come off (i.e. on your honeymoon!). I use L’Oreal’s gradual tanner (it’s the same as Jergens, but I think it smells better) and it looked really good. I’ll try to find a picture…

Post # 4
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1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

i like… banana boat sumer color lotion… you can reapply evry 2 hours … and fades pretty quickly if you decide you dont like it

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I find that store bought self tanners always streak on me and smell so bad (my partner hates it when I use them and she can always tell by the smell).  In my experience, they fade much faster and will come off when I sweat, which my spray tans have never done.  I’ve had 3 before and the last 2 were light and did not look gross when they faded like the first, darker tan did, plus I didn’t want to look SO tan since I am also a pale woman.  They just gave a hint of color and I second PPs who say the bronzer comes off in the shower- it sometimes looks like the whole tan is coming off, but then I’m left with a nice hint of color.  I am also getting one 2 days before my June 20th wedding.  Hope you find something that works!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also like the banana boat summer color as another poster said. I tried the Tanwise stuff which was recommended on some blogs, and I am not a fan. It gives a decent tan but you have to be pretty perfect applying it, it stinks and also seems to get in my pores and look icky. I’ve heard good things about the St. Tropez stuff but I’m cheap so I’ve never tried it, haha.

Post # 9
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760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

The smell of self-tanner has started to bother me, so I looked into alternatives. Vita Liberata truly doesn’t have that scent and works well for me. I got mine at Sephora. Just in case the smell gets to anyone else . . .

Post # 10
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Newbee

Hi,

See if there are any freelance spray tanners in your area. I had a woman come and spray tan my sister and I for her wedding. We did it two days before.  No bronzer what so ever! Stay away lol. What is nice about a person spraying you is that they customized the level of darkness.  The next day you will look dark. So don’t be scared.  After a good shower and light scrub you will look great… 😉

Post # 11
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you’re going to do a spray tan, I would definitely recommend a VersaSpa instead of a Mystic Tan. In my experience, they have much better coverage and look much more natural. I have never had a problem and really like the way they look.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

DaniDev143:  If you get a spray tan 2 days before the wedding (as opposed to the night before the event which is what people usually do) it won’t rub off 🙂 the place I go to said they never spray the bride the day before just to give the excess extra time to come off!

Do a little investigating and find a place that have a really good quality (green based) product. Usually with spray tanning you get what you pay for so not worth going cheap! If you’ve never been there before get a trial (maybe for your shower/bachelorette or somewhere else you can show it off!).

I’m allll about applying fake tan myself (I do it daily) but I don’t think it’s worth the risk on your wedding day and off-the-shelf products will likely run more than a professional product.

That said, if you’re still totally against it, i’d go for a moisturiser that has a gradual tanner in it and just apply it daily for about a week or so leading up to the wedding – you won’t be super dark but it will give you a lovely glow that should be dark enough for wearing with a white dress 🙂

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

DaniDev143:  Thanks! I’m a redhead, so I’m very pale, but I love that stuff! It takes a few days of using it daily to really show up, but it’s subtle enough that you don’t get streaks and stuff. Good luck! Oh also, sometimes it’s hard to find L’Oreal but Ulta has it if you live near one, I think some Targets too 🙂

Post # 14
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Newbee

DaniDev143:  I have the exact same problem! And over the years I have discovered St. Tropez tanning products. I literally swear by it and will definitely be using it for my wedding in October. I use two different products made by them. One is a gradual tanning moisturizer (similar to Jergens Natural Glow – but much more effective and appears more natural on my skin tone) and they also have a tanning mousse that is applied using a mitt. At first I was concerned about the mousse appearing streaky but I have never had an issue! 

The products are a bit pricey and sold at Sephora but honestly they are worth every penny in my book!

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