Airbrush tanning is seriously one of my favorite beauty inventions. It’s slimming, safe, natural-looking (if done well), and it’s a great confidence-booster before a big event (like a graduation, perhaps?)
I got an airbrush tan this week at SilkTan in San Francisco (definitely check them out if you’re in the bay area) and I thought I’d share a few tips for those of you thinking about getting one yourself.
photo courtesy of Evil Erin
Here’s how to prepare:
1) Shave either the night before or the morning of your appointment. (If you’re waxing, make sure to do it at least 24 hours before your appointment so the solution doesn’t sink into your pores too deeply— you don’t want little brown polka dots on your legs!)
2) Exfoliate thoroughly (especially in places that are rough or dry, like elbows, knees, and feet.) If you don’t exfoliate properly, the tanning solution will look darker or uneven in those rough areas and it won’t fully soak into your skin.
3) Don’t wear any makeup, lotion, or deodorant when you arrive at the tanning salon. These all act as barriers, which will keep the solution from soaking into your skin (and apparently deodorant can react with the tanner and turn your skin green!)
4) Arrive wearing dark, baggy clothes to avoid staining and don’t wear undergarments if you can help it. Anything constricting has the potential to run away at your freshly-bronzed skin.
Once you get your tan, make sure you:
1) Leave plenty of time for it to soak in. The technician I went to recommends getting an airbrush tan in the evening and waiting until the next morning to shower off. Otherwise, wait at least 8 hours to do so. (Use dark sheets if you’re sleeping with a fresh tan to avoid staining.)
2) Moisturize very frequently (at least twice a day.) This keeps your skin happy, even, and soft, so your tan will last much longer.
3) Adjust your makeup routine… your skin will be darker, and your makeup should reflect that.
Have you ever had an airbrush tan? What about a spray tan in a booth? Do you have any special tips for making your color last? Or do you prefer porcelain skin? Tell me about it in the comments!