(Closed) Just brought home my dress…forgot about my ugly tan lines! Help!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most spray tans can rub off on clothing, so I wouldn’t recommend that, especially since it isn’t far enough out to do a trial run. I’d get some self-tanning lotion or spray and lightly have Fiance do your back. If it isn’t a dramatic color shift, you shouldn’t need to mess with doing your whole body.

Also, I don’t think you need breast enhancers. I think a bigger chest would make the dress look too snug, and wouldn’t be as flattering. Just be YOU, you fill your dress out beautifully!

Post # 4
9230 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Just do the spray tan a couple of days before the wedding.  The color guide will wash off the first time you shower after the spray. After that, it shouldn’t rub off.


Be sure to exfoliate well before you spray & don’t put lotion anywhere you want to tan.

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

no one will notice/remember tan lines and photo shop can fix them up in pictures

skip the spray tan – not worth the risk

Post # 6
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

try doing a versa spray tan with no tint a few days before the wedding, and make sure to exfoliate really good before you do one.

Post # 7
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

first of all, i love love love your dress. where is it from? as for the bra issue, i think you should just skip it, you look fine without it. those stick on things freak me out, personally. the last time i wore one i ended up taking it off in the bathroom and throwing it out. the tan lines really aren’t that noticeable in these pictures, but i’m guessing it is more obvious in person. i wouldn’t get my first spray tan ever the week of my wedding, who knows how it is going to look on you. i would do some heavy exfoliating and then use the lightest possible self-tanner on your back and arms. there’s always body make-up and tattoo cover-up as a last resort, although i might worry about that staining the dress.

no matter what, you look gorgeous in that dress and will be beautiful on your wedding day!

Post # 8
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t have advice on the tanning, but I just wanted to say CONGRATS on the weight loss!!!   I think you look fabulous and NO ONE is going to be saying “Geez, she lost her boobies with all that weight loss…” 

Post # 9
322 posts
Helper bee

I would recommend an airbrush tan rather than a spray tan (airbrush is where someone actually puts it on you as opposed to you standing in a booth). I am by no means an expert on this as I have only had an airbrush tan once and never had a spray tan but maybe some other bees will have more info. I was happy with the airbrush tan except for my hands and honestly, I’m pretty sure it was my fault. They said not to wash your hands for hours after and me being the half germaphobe that I am, can’t stand the thought of not washing my hands after using the bathroom so I did it and tried to just wash the palms of my hands but I guess the water ran down and so I had some streaks on the back of my hands..hahaha oops!

ps. congrats on your weight loss, you look fabulous! And I think your boobs look great and plenty big without the enhancing thingies!

Post # 11
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely go with a spray tan, not the tanning bed.  You might get red and burnt, and that’s the last thing you want!  Id you have never sprayed before, MAKE SURE that the attendant explains everything clearly to you and you put the barrier cream on any areas you don’t want tan (palms, bottoms of feet etc.).  Also, the tan won’t rub off on your clothing if you go to a quality salon.  If you are worried about that, I would suggest getting an airbrushed tan.

Also….girl congrats on the weight loss!  You have an amazing figure and you are totally rocking that dress!  Nothing to be self-conscious about 🙂

Post # 12
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You poor girl.  If you tan easily I would go to a tanning bed and cover of your already tan arms.  This would work for me bc I tan VERY easily.  Then try the airbrush tan but try it before the wedding.  You might look bright orange!  So do both.

As for the bra, I once wore a beatuiful backless bridesmaid dress and duct tape was the best bra ever.  Seriously it worked for me and another bridesmaid with huge boobs. 


Post # 13
1032 posts
Bumble bee

Oh my gosh, you are my HERO! 129 lbs, that’s incredible! I am freaking out about 20-25… you rock! Good job!! If you don’t mind my asking, how did you do it?

You look absolutely fabulous in your beautiful dress, I honest to goodness don’t think you need any breast enhancers. When it comes to the tanning, there is Jergens daily moisturizer with tanning stuff in it, I would go for a medium shade, apply morning and night on the paler places until the wedding, and as long as you shower before you put on your dress I am pretty darn sure it won’t rub onto your dress. I have used that stuff before to even out a farmers tan, it looked natural and even on my skin and I am fair skinned.

Good Luck and CONGRATULATIONS! You’re almost there! YEAY!

Post # 14
113 posts
Blushing bee

i have done versa spray tan x 4 and now i love it! i thnk if mastered how to manage it… and well 4d before your wedding is perfect.. ill get it on a wed if i want a nice tan for the weekend out! i wait at least 8hrs before i shower i only get a med tan you could prob try just light if you want to look more naturel… i learned not to lick my lips ++ bc you can rub it off a bit (sounds weird but i used to lick my lips to much, gloss for sure now) anyway if you hated the tan you could shower like 1hr later the more you wash the more it wears i wear black for d1 and never noticed it later.. and lots of body cream keeps you tanned.

ill be doing this before i get married its so much easier then tanning and cheaper if you only tan for certain things like i do

Post # 15
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This is just me but, I had a terrible experience with a spray tan. I was a funny color and it wore off unevenly. I’d personally be petrified to do it again right before my wedding.

As for the bra situation- if you still feel like you need to wear something, I highly recommend going to a Victoria’s Secret or a specialized undergarment place and talking to a sales person about what you need. They do have low back bras or ones where the back strap wraps around your body at a lower point.

One last thought- have you ever seen the movie “The Wedding Planner”? With JLo? Her advice to that bride about using baking soda to scrub off a fake tan worked for me 🙂

Post # 16
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I totally love your dress! Love the lace, the shoulders, and the buttons down the back!

I went to the tanning bed for 6 weeks before my wedding, but I definitely would not encourage you to start so close to your wedding. I’d also skip the spray tanning because you really never know what you’re going to get if you’ve never used the product before (whether you have it done by a professional or not).

I would try a gradual tanning lotion just to even you out a bit and give you a very slight overall glow. Another option is to use some bronzer on the day of the wedding (a very very light bronzer, or even foundation color).

For the bra- I don’t think you need enhancers, but using tape is a good last-minute fix to give you support and make sure you stay put in your dress if you don’t have time to find a low-back bra.

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