(Closed) Spray Tan or Fake ‘n Bake??

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have really uneven skintone on my chest (red and splotchy, ick) and am otherwise super pale. I was thinking about spray tanning (burn way too easily to real tan) to even it out a bit for my strapless dress, but I get the feeling everyone would recommend against this. Has anyone done just a very light spray?

Post # 18
936 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have enough age spots to attest to the evils of the tanning bed when they were so popular in the late 80s, early 90s.  I also thing Anne B has some great points about photos.  However, spending just enough time in the bed to clear your skin should be OK.  And you know it won’t rub off.  I really don’t like the look of spray/self tanners.  Definitely try those well in advance if that’s the route you go.

Post # 19
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@BruinBee:  I think you look really pretty and have beautiful skin in photo 1.  

Post # 20
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


Thank you so much!!! I hate my skin as it is white and has an uneven tone from acne scars I used to have when I was a teenager, and that’s why I did the spray tan, but after seeing what it did to me as I said before- NEVER AGAIN 🙂 I’d rather just be white

Post # 21
3952 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Spray tan!  I did it and loved it!

I also used the gradual tan type of moisturizer before the wedding as it made my tan last much longer, and also exfoliated alot! (alot) before getting the spray tan.

As a blonde, I look quite washed out alot in photos without color, and has a health professional, I also see people with melanoma alot of the time, so I am not a fan of the tanning bed at all.  I’m guilty of using it myself years ago, long before I knew not to do it (I’m 41 ok?). 

Now I don’t fake and bake at all and am sun-conscious because i have seen first hand what can happen.

Try the gradual tan moisturizer first, and then the spray tan!    

Post # 22
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would do the stand up bed. It will keep you from getting stripes down your sides and white armpits.

I’ve spray tanned a lot.. and I like it bc it’s instant.. but it really looks bad and splotchy when it starts to wear off. Also, if you don’t get the barrier cream on your fingers and toes just right, you’ll either have really gross orange/brown nails.. or super pale finger tips and toes. Lol.

The store creams work.. but it’s a lot easier to mess them up. I’ve ended up with many super orange elbows/palms/wrists from these.. It’s way way worse if your skin is remotely dry.

I think for a wedding.. the beds are the way to go! At least that way it’s a little at a time, and you can control the color a little better.

Post # 23
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Spray tan all the way. :o) I love the spray tan solution Fantasy Tan.   Anyone can go to the website and find who carries or uses that solution in a salon or that is mobile closest to them.  Fantasy Tan is the same tanning solution that they use with on dancing with the stars. 

Post # 24
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I did airbrush tanning before my b-pics, and the tanning bed before my wedding. Was very happy with the results for both. Moderation is key! If you do the spray I’d prefer having a pro do it rather than the booth. They can correct any imperfections in a second session if there are any. Only downside is the smell. It does last a few days, and my husband hates it. I didn’t want that on my wedding day so I went to the tanning beds. In those I go in the lowest setting bed, stay no more than 7-8 minutes, and go a handful times to get a base tan.

The first pic is 3 days after airbrush tan and the second is after one month of tanning beds (unedited amateur photo my uncle took). Can you even tell? I definitely didn’t stick out among my guests.

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