Post # 1
Hello, beautiful August bees!
I’m more of a lurker but I have a question, and this is the best resource for everything! Are any of you worried about tan lines? My wedding dress and my bridesmaids’ dresses are strapless, and it’s pretty hard to avoid getting tan lines all summer. We’re going to do our best to only wear strapless bathing suits etc, but sometimes it can’t be helped.
Would a spray tan right before the wedding help? Anyone have some experience with this or have any ideas?
Post # 3
@tobeap: I wouldn’t go for a full spray tan. They look worse than the tan lines if something were to go wrong. And it might rub off on your dress. I’d just make sure that you’re using a gradual self-tanner at the same time you’re tanning to cover up those pesky lines.
Post # 4
no to the full tan before the wedding. My MUA said she would be able to cover them up, but i didn’t take her up on it, I was a tan line nazi, I wore long sleeves or wouldn’t go in the sun in addition to topless tanning. I would have worn tube tops but i’m chesty and they look trashy. there is nothing tackier than tan lines! Good luck!
Post # 5
I would be very careful with the spray tan. If you want that as an option try it out now and then again days before. I personally am just being very careful. Im only wearing one bathing suit and make sure to wear lots of sunscreen if I can’t be in a bathing suit or strapless top.
Post # 6
I don’t have any advice but just thought it was funny this was mentioned because I was just thinking the other day that this is the one aspect of a late summer wedding that I didn’t take into consideration when picking a date. I have been so worried about tan lines, too!!!
I’m super white and I go outdoors A LOT to bike and run, so getting through the whole summer without ugly tan lines has been a challenge. I’ve been wearing long sleeve shirts and pants every where I go, even though it’s 80 – 100 degrees outside when I’m out, and I apply sunblock like it’s gold lather! I did get a slight topless tan while camping out in the middle of no where last weekend just so I could get a little bit of color, but I have no desire to go to a tanning salon or to get a spray tan because I just think dark, tanned skin would not look very natural or “bridal” on my wedding day.
Post # 7
I was outside in the sun for an hour today. You can see my sandal-lines and a nice on on my shoulders from the dress I was wearing. Sigh. Luckily, my dress in a one shoulder so it is a bit more managable.
Post # 9
Thanks for all of your opinions and suggestions, ladies! I’d rather not do a spray tan or a tanning bed, so topless tanning it is! 😉
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@tobeap: I was just thinking about this yesterday! I work outside all day in the summer (wildlife biologist) and crap, I am definitely developing some tan lines. I’m going to try to wear a light long-sleeved shirt most of the time, and then work in my strapless swim suit top for a couple hours a day. Luckily during the day I’m working solo, so there won’t be anyone around to think I’m a major weirdo…
Post # 11
@lolot: haha- I feel you on the field work. I’m so glad that I’m writing my thesis instead of doing field work this summer. I’m an aquatic ecologist and there’s nothing like being in a river 10 hours a day to give you wicked tan lines.
Post # 12
@lolot: You’re going to have an awesome tan by August 24! Good thing you work solo and can rock your swim top without spectators.
@abax: Good thing you’re not working in the field this year! Good luck writing your thesis!
29 days left to even out my tan lines… 😐
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Too funny! I just thought about tan lines today and quickly switched my top for a tube dress. It’s going to take awhile, but I WILL have a proper tan. I can’t tan topless at home though… we face the street.
Post # 14
@tobeap: just switch up between halter and strap style bikinis and you should be good to go – if there are any super obvious spots, use a little bronzer or mix some bronzer with lotion to cover it up (except for you – no bronzer near the white dress!)
Post # 15
I just got back from a week of gardening in 40 (104) degree heat at my parents where we are having the wedding. Have to get the flowers all planted. I lived in a tube top. I am sorry to my parents for it but it needed to be done lol
Post # 16
I have had many spray tans and they work wonderfully…. right before prom I had TERRIBLE tan lines from softball. My face and neck were dark and so were my arms from shoulder down. My whole chest and back was super pale though. I tried my hardest to get rid of the tan lines by laying out and as it did help some, it was still very noticeable as my tanned arms continued to get darker and darker where as my chest and back either burned or barely got darker with each lay out session. Anyways, I decided to spray tan but was so nervous as I had never had a spray tan with tan lines. I had a person airbrush me instead of machine as the mystic tanning machine can result in a more orangey tone as well as streak and be spotty. My airbrush tan was AMAZING! It was a little pricy but I had a beautiful tan and didn’t have to worry about embarrassing tan lines at prom. Since then I have gotten quite a few for certain occasions and 80% of the time they look awesome. The other times are from mystic tanning machines, which do the job, but give me an uneven and orangey look at times. With a wedding though, I would be very cautious if you do spray tan as the tan can rub on your clothes if you sweat and have enough chaffing under the arms….you don’t want orange residue on your beautiful white gown. Honestly I think your best option is to lay out and see how that goes but If you aren’t seeing the best results I highly recommend a tanning bed. First of all, if you are laying out in the sun for hours trying to get tan and reduce tan lines, you are not doing any more damage laying in tanning bed for 15 mins… and to be honest, if you are tan already you really only need to go the beds 3 times for a killer tan. Don’t worry about skin cancer as you will not make this a habit (hopefully) and you would be contradicting yourself if you say beds cause skin cancer but yet you lay out and tan…. no difference. Tanning beds adjust the levels and time to make sure you don’t burn so there really is nothing to worry about. Something I do not recommend is self-applied bronzer… most people do this wrong and it looks TERRIBLE. Not only will your hands end up being orange and you typically get a very blotchy result. So PLEASE don’t do it. If there is no other option, use Jergins natural glow a week or two before the wedding… apply once a day and that should do the trick too. It is not as powerful as the other bronzers so you gradually get darker and it usually leaves an even natural look as you apply it like lotion once a day. Good luck.