(Closed) spray tanning – share your pics and stories (good and bad!)

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
4539 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I got a spray tan once and while it wasn’t a failure, I wouldn’t do it again. It smelled horrible and wasn’t super even. I would much rather buy a high quality self tanner and do it myself (which I do now) or pay the extra to have someone airbrush me.

Post # 3
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I did a spray tan once and it looked ok but after a few days I had some peely bits on my shoulders and arms- very gross!  I’m a huge fan of the Jergens gradual tanning body lotion.  It looks like it isn’t doing anything at first but if you keep it up and do it every day for about a week or two you can get a really nice bronze (not orangy at all).  I have a medium olive skin tone and I use the medium to dark color and it works great!  I’ve also tried the aveeno spray on kind and didn’t like it, it was more uneven and started peeling off really quickly.

Post # 4
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

If you wish to smell like a thrift store and have the most expensive and lightest coloured dress you will ever own smeared in brown muck then definitely get one. The best part is how it clings stubbornly to your body, tainting your bedsheets and toilet seat (yep!) for close to a week, yet rubs straight off your face at the very first dab of water. Nothing is better for wedding photos than an uber orange body and a stark white face!

Pale is beautiful… It’s even and it’s elegant. If you must be bronzed, cover yourself in factor 30 and catch a few UV’s. Your vitamin D levels will get a top up, and you’ll find yourself with some extra endorphins. Once in a while won’t kill you! 

Post # 5
126 posts
Blushing bee

i had a spray tan for my wedding and i loved it (that being said ive had them from the same lady several times before so i trusted her) she has a bridal tan which doesnt rub off on your dress

can safely say after hours of dancing my dress was still clean and had no spray tan marks on it! do your research and have one before hand to see how you feel as i’ve also had many (before i found this lady) which turned out pretty bad!

Post # 6
9671 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Definitely get it done by hand and not from at automatic machine for your big day. I would recommend doing it the day before your rehersal dinner (2 days before the wedding). Make sure when you shower not to use a rough loofa and to pat yourself dry.

I always had nice results when I went to the women that spray you by hand. I would recommend doing it once or twice with someone first to make sure you like it and find a tone that doesn’t make you look too orange. The place I go has different formulas and you can pick how dark you want to go. You’ll also want to have the trial so you can make sure your makeup still matches your tan skin tone.

Post # 7
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have gotten a few and they work for me. I have very pale skin with a cool undertone, and freckles. So tanning has never been an option and drug store tanners either leave me orange or with very noticable streaks. Getting a spray tan is the most natural looking option for me. My suggestion is to get one now wear it around and see how you like it. The only draw back is the smell but that is only the first 24 hours. After you take your first shower you are fine.


Post # 8
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I had one done once and it looked okay but I didn’t love it. It was $30? And wore off within a week. And kinda wore-off unevenly. Plus I feel like you could tell my face wasn’t tanned since they don’t spray it… I dont know. I just didn’t feel like it was worth the effort. I did it for a friend’s wedding.  

A natural tan always looks better in my opinion… I’m planning on just doing the tanning bed thing a couple times the month of my wedding. I’m thinking like 5ish short sessions in the 2 weeks before.  I tan pretty easily and I don’t want to be dark or look “tanned”. Just a natural even glow. My dress is strapless and will show parts of me that hardly ever see the sun! I don’t think a couple sessions will do much more harm than just plain being out in the summer. 

Post # 9
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I spray tan all the time! I have never had issues with it rubbing off on clothes, sheets, or anything.

I even play softball with my spray tans and haven’t experienced the color bleeding on to my sports bra.

When it does start to wear off, I usually experience it under by breasts (bra line) and on the backs of my knees. Then, I exfoliate. No issues whatsoever. 

I’m unsure if this makes a difference, but I always do the Mystic Tan.

Post # 10
1744 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2006

I have had good and bad spray tans, so you definitely need to try it out before your big day. I’d recommend buying a cheap white t-shirt afterwards to wear to make sure you won’t have any trouble with it rubbing off on your white dress. A friend of mine had hers done the day before her wedding and by the end of the day the sides of her dress were orange. I had a fabulous one done before a family vacation, it lasted about 2 weeks and didn’t rub off on my clothes. Here’s a pic, I’m on the right:

Post # 11
2340 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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vdaybee214:  I always get airbrush tans before vacations and events. I have never had a bad experience. My advice is:

– get a custom airbrush (where someone is actually spraying you) Do not do the mystic tan type booths

– go for a “trial” a month or so before the wedding to see if you like the color, if it is too dark or too light speak up and they can adjust it next time 

-exfoliate really well for a couple of days befor your appt

– shower and shave, but do not moisturize the day of the appt

-use moisturizer religiously afterwards to prolong the tan

– get the tan approx 2 days before the event, so you have time for the color to set and to shower 

-check yelp for reviews. As with everything there are good and bad places

Post # 13
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I have larger boobs and when I get a spray tan the skin between the boobs tends to rub off and it almost makes me look like I have had a bad boob job ( looks like a huge scar because it goes white)

Post # 14
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have had around 20-30 spray tans between high school and now. I have used at home sprays, creams, gradual lotions, booth spray tans and the spray tans where a person sprays you. It’s pretty much trial and error for your skin. Make sure you exfoliate and shave really really well. Honestly the best tan I got was in a booth and it was the lightest color they had. For my wedding I had someone custom spray me and it started rubbing off between my boobs the morning of my wedding and halfway through my honeymoon my chest looked like I had some sort of skin disease from the tan wearing off. Try a couple different ways first and if you do decide on a spray on tan buy the touch up cream. It is expensive but well worth it just is case! 

Post # 15
80 posts
Worker bee

I got my first ever spray tan the day before I was due to be a bridesmaid. Little did I know that the skin on my shins are actually quite dry and have fine, NORMALLY unnoticeable “cracks” all over them (and I had even exfoliated the morning of). Those cracks, once filled up with fake tanny goodness, looked like bright orange spiderwebs stuck to my legs!

The good news is that I was wearing a full length gown! Since then, I have learned to exfoliate and moisturise like a mad woman for a good week or two beforehand (and actually, just moisturise in general!), so make sure no spider thinks my legs look like a good home!


Moral of the story? GET A TRIAL!!

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