Post # 1
So I am pretty pale, I don’t need to be super tan for my wedding but it would be nice to have some color.
A.)So I was wondering if I should stary tanning gradually in a tanning bed?
(I worry about this option, bc it isnt the safest route and I could burn)
(I have had some great airbrushes and some bad ones, so I am a skeptical. Also I would worry about it coming off on my dress and I wonder if it will effect my make up. I am doing airbrush make up)
C.) Jergens natural glow.
(Same worries as B except I would be applying it so I may mess it up)
Anyone have a D.) Option. Something that will make me have color that day, but if it get messed up I can easily take it off?
E.) I am getting married in November, it is ok to go pale.
Post # 3
@candy08: I started gradually about a month out going about every other day and slowly increasing the time. I considered going with a spray tan the week before if I wanted to look darker but I doubt I will. Too afraid of looking orange/staining the dress!
Post # 4
It takes a couple of months in expensive, high pressure beds to get the kind of tan a good hand airbrush tan could do.
I would try to find a reputable hand airbrush tanning salong in your area, test them out well before the wedding to make sure you don’t look odd with color and opt for that if you like it.
Less time, less money and a healthier alternative.
Post # 5
I’m torn between B and E. I don’t think you want to go to tanning beds because like you said, you are pale and can burn easily. For me a tanning bed would be perfect because I’m tan and tan really really fast.
Post # 6
Airbrush. I personally do not like Jergens – I know it’s a gradual glow, but there is no color guide to follow (meaning you could miss spots and not realize until its too late!) and I find that it has a weird yellowish color to it.. At least when I used it. Using a tanning bed isn’t the safest anyway, and it just seems like an airbrush is the quickest/easiest one to choose! Just test it out first!
also — I wouldnt use something that will give you a tan just for that day. They aren’t bad but just in case you somehow get wet (like by washing your hands & splashing water on your arms) it will wash right off and not look too good! 😉
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! I think I will probably go with airbrush about 2 days before the wedding. Since I havent tanned in over two years I am afraid to go to the tanning bed. I dont wanna burn.
Thanks for the advice!!!
Post # 8
Just be your normal colour. You can use bronzer and highlighter to give yourself a glow and still look like yourself. I used to tan (at the beach, not in beds) but now I have no tan at all, just my natural born paleness and I like it so much better. I am so over tan.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@candy08: If you’re normally pale, why tan? I live in Florida so I know lots of people with skin cancer from tanning and I avoid it like the plague. Since I am normally pale, I don’t see any reason to not be myself on my wedding day and go pale. And by pale, I mean one step up from fair.
I did a spray tan once (professional where the lady sprays you with a wand) and while I liked it for the most part, it made my hands look really weird so I would be worried about it looking odd in wedding photos, not to mention getting on my dress.
Post # 10
@candy08: I’d stick with airbrushing. People who tan in beds sometimes look “burnt up.” You don’t want to be brownish/orangish and dried out. If you’ve had good airbrush tan in the past, go back to where you found good results. Definitely have a person do it. No mystic tans for your wedding.
Post # 11
I say tanning a little before your wedding .. I know it is bad for you
Post # 12
I tanned before my wedding. I think I started 1-2 months pre-wedding and went 2-3 times a week.
I’m VERY pale, and tanning gave me just enough colour so I wasn’t white as a ghost. I looked and felt better..and it brought out my freckles, which I like.
I’ll likely never step foot in a bed again.
I think the beds give a nice, subtle colour to those of us who are naturally ghosts.
Post # 13
My advice is to not tan in a tanning bed! Risk of burning, increases your chance of cancer, so bad for your skin, and on and on…
Airbrush is great, especially if you have someone applying it to you, rather than going in one of those Mystic-spray tan things (potential disaster, truuuust me). If you can have someone airbrush you personally, they have better control over colour, coverage, etc. Use a cream, like Jergens, with a bronzer in it as well, to keep up the glow.
Post # 14
As a fellow pale person getting married in March, I’m going pale. I’m pale normally and I’ll be pale for my wedding. I choose to work with what I’ve got 🙂
Post # 15
@candy08: Are you going somewhere warm/sunny for your honeymoon? I only ask because I’m in the same position… a February wedding and a honeymoon in St. Lucia. I feel I look prettier in photos when I have a tan, but I also want a base so I don’t fry out on the beach.
Any bees have suggestions for that (not to threadjack)?
Post # 16
Whatever you do, do not attempt to aply self tanner all by yourself! I did it once – distaster! I looked dirty, like I haven’t washed for years!
Airbrush tan sounds like a really good option to me, it’s safer for your skin than tanning bed, just make sure you go to a good place so you don’t end up orange (Bride Wars, anyone? lol).
You could also just go pale. It really depends on whether your wedding dress makes you look like a ghost or not. Put it on and have a good look in the mirror first!