Ok ladies, I’ll be honest – I’ve never had a fake tan. I intend to someday just so I can give an educated opinion and information on them. However, I’ve had many a friend who has gone the fake tan and felt like they could star on the next version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afterward. Be careful in choosing where you get this done! Ask friends who have had a fake tan before for places they would recommend that do a good job. Talk to the attendant and be clear on what you want – if you want a shade 2 tones darker than Beyoncé be clear that that is what you want! If you want a light summer glow then make sure they know what that looks like for you. If you’re pasty white like me, then a light summer glow might look more like whipped cream than chestnut but just be sure that you are clear.
Most of all – follow the instructions they give you. If they say don’t shower for 12 hours, then don’t shower for 12 hours no matter how gross you feel. If they say exfoliate beforehand get out that loofah baby! And if exfoliating isn’t good with your skin, consider that a fake tan may not be good for your skin either.
Lastly – get it professionally done unless you are a professional. Far too many ladies put on the gloves (or worse, don’t wear gloves) and rub in the DIY lotions and miss spots or apply it unevenly and believe me when I say it can look awful! I saw a lady walk down the street with DIY tanning and she had missed or sweated off the backs of her knees – very odd look.
On a natural note – be careful of strap lines if you tan easily! Makeup will only cover so much and getting foundation on a white dress is not an attractive thing so make sure to cover up those shoulders and stick on some sun cream when and where needed.
Last but not least, if you are getting a fake tan for your wedding/event and you have a makeup artist you need to let them know! If you have had a trial done for your event before getting your tan the foundation colour will be all wrong after your tan. Make sure to notify your artist so that they can be prepared, or better yet, organise a trial after getting your tan.