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While a fake tan was once considered taboo for weddings, spray tanning and DIY fake tans have evolved in recent years to become a major factor in achieving the perfect look for the big day.
However, no one wants to look back at their wedding photos and see themselves looking orange, streaky, patchy or too dark. That's why, just like your hair, dress, venue and wedding makeup, tanning needs some well thought-out planning and research.
Regardless if you're going to opt for a spray tan or try some self tanner, these tips should have you golden, glowy and streak free for the perfect wedding day tan:
Oompa loompa, orange, carrot face, pumpkin-coloured, Donald Trump - no matter what you call it, no one needs or wants a bad tan.
Especially on a wedding day!
But, if you can have rehearsal dinners and makeup trials you can have a rehearsal tan too. No need to be orange or have a bad tan, practice makes perfect and the same goes for a sun-kissed glow.
Even those who do not normally fake tan opt for an extra glow on their wedding day. So, it's important to do a test run about six weeks before the big day.
Tanning experts say normally one trial is all that's needed, but, it's important to have enough time to fit in a second tan trial just in case the perfect glow wasn't achieved on the first go.
It's recommended to leave the tan on for eight hours after your first trial and then wash it off the following morning.
And, just like rehearsal dinners and makeup trials, you'll see what changes need to be made ahead of the big day.
Just like, if you were to go for a spray tan, self tanning should be trialled, tested and then trialled and tested all over again.
When it comes to self tanning, there are a few hot objects and products that are worth looking into.
Firstly, invest in some disposable gloves, unless you like the look of ridiculously dark hands. Or, hands that look like they belong to an Oompa Loompa.
We aren't here to judge, so if you're into that then cool...
Secondly, don't apply your fake tan with the disposable gloves alone, where them under a tanning mitt.
When it comes to your hands, feet, knuckles, elbows, ankles, fingers and toes, treat them differently to the rest of the body. If you are using a tanning mitt, just use the residue from the mitt. Don't apply a full blob of tanner to these areas. They need less love than the rest of your body!
Unless you're a contortionist , getting an even coat on your back can be a little challenging. So, enlist a friend, turn the mitt around so that the applicator side is on the back of your hand or opt for a mist or spray.
Just like perfume, you can spray the air and walk through it or simply spray over your shoulder.
Other golden rules include being hair free, completely clean and dry before you start tanning away.
Another tip, is to have your hairdryer with you. On low heat the dryer will help the tan dry faster so your don't have to stand naked like a robot for a a stupid amount of time.
Lastly, apply your tan in front of the mirror and in good lighting!
Now onto the products...
And for the face...
Other hot products to look out for...
All big things in life come with a little bit of preparation and your wedding tan is no exception.
To achieve the perfect tan for your wedding day, make sure no self-tan has touched your skin for at least two weeks prior to your big day. While you might dread being pasty and white for two weeks, it's important your skin is completely clear for the wedding day spray tan.
Shave or wax 24-48 hours before the spray tan and not on the day. This gives time for your pores to close, helping to achieve the perfect wedding tan and guaranteeing no blotchy spots.
Blotchy spots are a big no-no when it comes to fake tan, especially a wedding day tan!
Exfoliate your skin with an oil-free scrub 48 hours before the spray tan, paying extra attention to your hands, elbows, wrists, knees and feet. Many beginners and spray tan virgins skip over this step, but if you don’t exfoliate you’ll likely be left with a patchy tan that fades unevenly. Something that's better avoided on your big day.
Don't moisturise your body on the day of your tan. The moisturiser will act as a barrier to the spray tan and your colour won't be as rich and potentially not as uniform in appearance. Remember ladies we don't want any patches!
These are not guidelines these are non-negotiable and hard stern rules for your fake tan safety.
When a good streak-free tan is at stake, there can be no shortcuts or exceptions, you must do the following:
If the whole 'fake' natural look is not your thing, get the real sun-kissed and bronzed glow during your hen weekend instead.
Replace the spray tans for some sun and head to the beach, lather your body in some tanning lotion and top up that tan au naturel!
Maybe start dropping hints the the bride's tribe and Maid of Honour for a beach getaway...
When it comes to top hen weekend beach getaway destinations, you can't go back the sun kissed sands of Spain or Portugal.
Along with golden sandy beaches and warm weather, Spain and Portugal offer up an abundance of affordable hen weekend activities, accommodation and nightlife.
Our top destinations include:
And, when it comes to top activities, especially ones that will help with the tan, you can't go pasta Booze Cruise or Private Catamaran Cruise.
For more hen party activities, ideas, nightlife options, accommodation options and hen weekend packages, head over to our main page or give our team a call on 0208 236 0111.