(Closed) Spray Tan vs. Tanning Bed for boudoir shoot??

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Spray tan or Tanning Bed
    Spray Tan : (15 votes)
    54 %
    Tanning Bed : (8 votes)
    29 %
    Combo of both : (3 votes)
    11 %
    Something else-- check what I wrote below : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1078 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I’ve had a few spray tans in my life, and I actually love them. =) If you follow the directions they give you to a T, the results will look great! Just be sure to heavily moisturize beforehand, so you don’t get orange patches around your drier areas (elbows, armpits, knees, etc.)

    Post # 4
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    a bed will take too long for you to gain color and overall, it’s just hard on your skin. i do love the tanning bed, but try to stay away as much as possible.


    i think for a photo shoot, you’d be fine getting a spray tan even if it is slightly orange just because the photos can be retouched and the color hues can be adjusted.


    i’ll have an actual tan for the wedding because i worry about streaking mostley (i use self tanner a lot and this is my biggest problem, always) but for photos, i wouldn’t worry about it at all!

    Post # 5
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I voted for spray tanning because it looks natural and very pretty…plus its a far healthier alternative to sitting under UV lamps.  Just my two cents!

    Post # 6
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Honestly spray tans are cheaper! I got one for $11 on a Thursday (every week they’re $11) whereas only 2 tanning sessions would’ve easily cost that. Most of the smaller tanning salons or privately owned ones do spray tanning (maybe just not called Mystic Tan, which is like $35/spray) and the place I went to let me do it one day and if it wasn’t strong enough I could get the second one free. Really they just want you to try it out. I was plenty tan for my boudoir photos and while there were like, 2 oopsies for on my feet (ok they were crazy dark cuz i didn’t slather on the cream like i should’ve) it wasn’t anything the photographer couldn’t detract from or fix.

    Spray tan! Spray tan!

    Post # 7
    252 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I use TanTowels, which you can buy through various sources (I get mine through HSN). They are like baby wipes. I receive lots of compliments about my natural looking tan. I use them year round – 1-3 times/week. If you have time, they are worth trying…

    I tried the spray tan and it was too inconsistent for me. With the towels, if you follow the instructions, you should get great results.

    Post # 8
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am glad that I am American Indian and we have like, -6% skin cancer rates, because I hate the way spray tan looks. There are so many orange girls walking around our campus.

    Post # 9
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My boudoir photographer highly discourages spray tans. She says they photograph a little orange. Have you talked to your photographer? I’m guessing she will say neither, because of the inevitability of uneven tanning.

    Post # 10
    6598 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Spray tan looks orange on me because I have pink undertones and so I would go the tanning route. If you tan every other day for a month you will have a nice glow. I go every other day for 5 min so I don’t do a lot but it helps to keep the pasty off!

    Post # 11
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Photoshop tan!

    Post # 12
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    a tanning bed is cancer in a box.  having had two skin cancers myself I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through the pain and annoyance that is having them removed.  do the spray tan and stay far far away from the tanning bed.

    Post # 14
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    I know tanning is bad for you, but I effing love it. So relaxing. And nothing looks like a real tan does – you know it’s true. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 15
    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I have no judgement on the UV tanning, it’s your body.  But a month to tan?  Not possible even if you went ever 5 days!  Plus you run the risk of burns (which you DEFINITELY don’t want in your budoir pics!).  I think you should do a trial run on the spray tan.  Just make sure to follow their instructions, moisturize everyday (but not right before the tan!!), and you’ll probably love it.  And you only have to go once to get the desired results as opposed to the tanning bed.

    Post # 16
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I just got a practice spray tan this weekend (airbrush actually) and hated it. SO orange at first.  I looked like snookie.  Even though it has toned down a bit after 2-3 days, I probably won’t do it again.  I also agree on the smell … I still smell that coppery scent on my skin.

    If you’re thinking of going that route, I would do a practice run well in advance. Not only to see if you like it, but also so you know how many days it takes to reach your “best color”.

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