Post # 1
I posted about my airbrush-tan dilemma a few days ago. I tried an airbrush tan a few weeks ago. For the most part, I liked it, but the problem is that it wore off unevenly (my face, neck, and chest were back to pale 2 days later, while my arms and everywhere else stayed tan.)
So my question is: do I need to tan? My wedding is next weekend, and my plan was to book another airbrush tan a few days before the wedding. But now I’m starting to second guess that idea. I’m concerned that if it wears off unevenly again, I’m going to have a pale face and neck with orange arms, etc. for my wedding and there won’t be time to do anything about it. I liked being “tan” but I don’t know if that will translate well in my wedding pics, and I don’t want to look back at them with regret.
Below are some pics so you can see my actual skin tone (taken in March at my makeup trial). Do you think I should get a spray tan? Or should I just stay my pale self? I don’t know what to do and I don’t have a lot of time to remain on the fence about it. What do you think? [attachment=1220868,155487] [attachment=1220868,155488]
Post # 3
You have beautiful skin just the way it is! I would rock your natural look. Especially in your makeup trial pics with the red lipstick, you look like a screen goddess from the 40s/50!
Post # 4
I think you look beautiful just as you are. I wouldn’t risk a streaky tan for your big day if I were you.
Post # 5
I don’t think you’ll ever regret going naturally. I think the chances of you regretting an airbrush tan, however, are much higher. If it didn’t go well last time, I wouldn’t risk it. You won’t be looking at you wedding pictures in 5 years and thinking “gee, i wish i had done that tan”…you’ll be marvelling at how gorgeous you were and how it was such a special day. I still look at pictures of my senior prom where i had uber sunless tanned myself at my mother’s insistence (“everybody tans for prom. You will be the ONLY pale one” um, incorrect, mom, but thanks) and cringe. HORRID. I look orange, and its magnified by the green dress I wore. Ugh, i think you want to avoid that at all costs. A bad tan against a stark white dress is going to be very obvious.
Post # 6
You have gorgeous skin. And I’m very much a proponent for you looking like yourself on your wedding day.
I’m pretty fair myself. I’m not going to both with tanning because then I won’t look like myself when looking back on my photos.
Post # 7
your skin is flawless & beautiful! no airbrush tan 🙂
Post # 8
No way! Skip the tan, rock your beautiful, pale, clear skin!
Think of it as looking like yourself in your wedding photos, instead of 20 years down the line your kids going, “Woah, Mom, you were so tan when you were younger! What happened?”
Post # 9
No way! Rock your pale skin.
Post # 10
Yay for pale skin! You have such a beautifully striking tone to your skin, I wouldn’t tan it.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the feedback- and the super nice things you said. I’m not usually so self conscious about my skin tone- it’s just because it’s summertime and it’s the wedding, and I didn’t want to look washed out. My dress is ivory, not white- so I think that will help me not look so ghostly.
@vaness13181- I am going for an Old Hollywood look, so I totally appreciate your comment.
@Krises- thanks for sharing your funny prom story- kinda helps put things in perspective, haha. Ohhh, Mothers- gotta love ’em.
@Gemstone & @daydreamwanderer- I agree with you about “looking like yourself” on the big day.
Post # 12
Don’t tan! I think everyone should embrace their natural skin color. There’s nothing “wrong” with being fair skinned.
Post # 13
you have gorgeous skin! I vote NO to changing your skin to orange for your big day.
Post # 14
Oh my god! You’re skin is gorgeous!! Just go with the pale, it’ll be classic and beautiful. Plus, you will feel like yourself, and not have to worrk about spreay tan rubbing off on your gown when you sweat. Your skin is way too beautiful to hide behind slightly orange chemicals!
Post # 15
Don’t tan if you’re not usually tan.
I don’t like spray tans and if there’s any unevenness there’s little you can do to fix it.
Post # 16
Your skin is gorgeous, and I love the Old Hollywood look! The only thing I’d add is that you’ll want to plan your wedding photos accordingly if you go fair-skinned. If you do outside pictures, there are times of the day that will wash you out, especially if you’re photographer is not a total pro. Plus, I don’t know if there’s a polite way to do this, but you may want to chat with your wedding party to make sure none of them tan for it– maybe you could tell them you want their looks to go with the Old Hollywood theme and that fair skin is the way to go for that.
The reason I say this is that I’m really fair-skinned as well, and when I went to my FSIL’s wedding, she had me pose with her in a couple of the pictures, and I turned out looking like a ghost. First, the pictures are outside mid-day, so the lighting is super harsh. Second, she hired a beginning photographer friend to save money, and the friend didn’t seem to know how to handle the lighting right. Third, she got super tan for the day, and I’m right next to her. So standing next to her, in the semi-professional, washed out, mid-day pictures, I look like the Ghost of SILs Future. I’m not even exaggerating– I look like I’m haunting her. So, I think you would totally rock the fair-skinned Old Hollywood look, but I would take some precautions with the photos if I were you. 🙂