Spray Tan? Gradual Tan? No Tan?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: To tan or not to tan?

    Self Tanner

    Spray Tan

    Tanning Bed

    No Tan

  • Post # 2
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    1299 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

    So, i had never had a spray tan until my cousins wedding, It lasted about 2 weeks and it didn’t rub off on my very white (patterened) dress.

    I kept getting asked where i had gone on holiday, i usually wouldn’t bothere but it was too warm to wear stockings like i usually do. I really liked it and would do it again

    Post # 3
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    472 posts
    Helper bee

    Have you ever had a spray tan before? If not I would set up an appointment, soon considering your wedding date, to test it out beforehand. See what it looks like on you, how long it lasts, do you need it a week beforehand so it doesn’t look too fake, etc. If you do go with a spray tan, don’t go to a booth have someone spray you. These tans are less generic and the technology in them is a bit better than the “orange tanning booth” that people often complain about. A lot of the spray tans now work to bring out your natural color instead of just handing you a cookie-cutter, one size fits all color.

    A tanning bed might also be an option but if you’re too fair I’m afraid thirty five days might not be enough to get you to the level of tan you’d like. I was super fair when I started going years ago and had to go like… Two minutes at a time in the beginning and it took forever for me to build a base. (But now that I have that base it’s so much easier, even when I don’t go for a while.)

    Post # 5
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    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I would either do a spray tan “trial” this week if you can, then if you like it you can get it done by your wedding day. Keep in mind it fades after a few days though.

    Or, if you go the self tanner route, I highly, highly recommend this: 

    It’s the only self tanner I will use. I’ve been using it for about 5 years now and I SWEAR by it. It doesn’t leave streaks, you don’t look orange, and it’s very moisturizing as well. They also improved the smell over the last year or two. 

    I’m an Irish girl with naturally very pasty skin, but I put it on for about a week straight before my cousin’s wedding and people asked me where I went on vacation haha. It runs about 9-10 dollars a bottle. 

    Post # 7
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    810 posts
    Busy bee

    I just had my wedding a few days ago and I went with the all natural super pale Irish girl look lol.  I might be the only bride on here who didn’t tan pre-weddding!  I’ve never done a spray tan and I’m too lazy for self tanner. But doing a trial run spray tan right now is probably a good idea, then you can see how you like it.

    Post # 9
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    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

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    ema1987 :  no problem! The smell has definitely improved. While I wouldn’t wear it as a perfume it’s definitely not “offensive”… kind of smells like tea or something? 

    Post # 10
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    923 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

    I tried spray tanning to fix my horrible farmers tan I managed to get just before the wedding (thanks horse girl), and I wasn’t impressed. The lady did a really bad job trying to blend my line, and almost seemed to be going over the more tan spots harder than the not tan spots. I did this on the Monday before my Saturday wedding, and it was pretty well gone by day of.

    The day of my wedding, my makeup artist recommended we buy some kind of spray on tan from the CVS store. Worked in a pinch, but still didn’t quite get my tan lines perfect. Oh well, guess that’s what photoshop is for!

    Post # 11
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    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    SPRAY TAN! There are tons of mobile spray tan businesses out there that specialize in a wedding spray tan. They know to give you more of a glow rather than a vacation tan. I highly recommend!

    Post # 12
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    2454 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I was pasty white for my wedding but I was in a friend’s wedding a few years ago and spray tanned for it and I hated it. It was really hot where we were and it got like ‘dirty’ I don’t know how else to describe it. Itnstraked and like collected dirt in my joints. It was gross and I’ll never do it again. Maybe it was the place I went to? Maybe I didn’t prep correctly? But it was gross and not for me 

    Post # 13
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    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I’m pale and I plan on staying that way for my wedding but you can always get a light spray tan. If your considering it I would try out a spray tan now that way you can decide if you you like it and how dark you would want to go. But I would ask around see if anyone could recommend anyone do a body scrub before hand. 

    Post # 14
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I’m another pasty white girl who didn’t bother tanning for my wedding, even though I do tan for the sake of it sometimes. I’m happy with my decision, it was partly that I didn’t want another thing to stress about, but also that weirdly enough being pale feels kind of who I am in a way and I wanted to feel authentic on the day.

     

    Post # 15
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    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

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    ema1987 :  I had a spray tan, and loved it! I’m naturally very pale and didnt want to look washed out in pics.  I went to a woman who was recommended to me and she specifically mixed different products to get the right colour for my tone.  Theres a huge difference between products and people who apply them so make sure you do your research.  I often use self tanners but I dont think they’re nearly as good as a professional tan – and it’s hard to reach everywhere.

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