Spray Tan Tips For A Photoshoot

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Spray Tans by Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning

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If you have an important photo shoot coming up or modeling event you might be thinking about getting a spray tan. It is a great idea as a tan will always make you look thinner, make your teeth look whiter, eyes look brighter and help cover up many skin imperfections.

You might think of grabbing that cheap self -tanner and doing it yourself to save some money but I do not recommend that. Many self- tanners are hard to apply ( even with the help of a friend to get to those hard to reach areas) and can streak and develop uneven if you are not practiced at applying them ( Not to mention that dreaded orange color if you have a heavy hand and apply too much) Plus feet and hands can wind up looking dirty from applying too much product. So do some research and get recommendations for a professional that can provide a custom airbrush tan for your important shoot. Also take a look at their website and check out their portfolio to see if you like their work and read their reviews.

The great thing about using a professional spray tan artist is that we can customize the color according to your skin tone and the level of tan you want to achieve. It is not just 1 color fits all. We can also contour to enhance or slim certain body parts that you cannot do if you us a self- tanning product or even in a spray booth.

If this is your first time getting a spray tan I highly recommend doing a trial first if you have enough time. Unlike makeup or a hairdo, you cannot just wash a spray tan off as it will be on your skin for 7 + days. So doing a trial session first is the best way to go to ensure you get that perfect color. If you do not have time for a trial tell the spray tanning tech to do a natural looking shade to avoid possible disaster by being way too dark for your skin tone. A spray tan works with your natural tone, so if you are very pale (Think Nicole Kidman) there is no way we can get you as dark as Jlo and not have you look pretty silly. So just keep that in mind and let the trained professional select a shade that they recommend for you. Although there is Photoshop it is very hard making a bad tan look good! You can always darken with body makeup or bronzer if needed.

Make sure that your face has a natural spray. Two of the biggest disasters I see in photos is always related to the face. If you spray your face very dark and then apply very heavy makeup many times it can make it look orange or too much darker than the rest of your body. The other is when someone gets a spray tan but does not use a little darker makeup to match. This results in a tan body but a washed out paler face. And that contrast does not look very good. So remember if you are doing your own makeup you need to go a shade or so darker or use some bronzer.

So here are the answers to the important questions you need to know:

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“How should I prepare for my Tan?

It is imperative that you exfoliate your skin the day before or even for a few days leading up to the Spray Tan. (Not the day of as many scrubs will leave a film on your skin resulting in the tan streaking or being blotchy)  Exfoliation is important so the skin can be a clean even canvas. If the spray tan is applied on uneven skin, the older dead skin cells will come off first causing the tan to possibly fade poorly.

Do not have any self- tanner on or any old spray tan residue!! This is a very common thing that I see and highly recommend you get all of it off. I compare it to getting a manicure. Would you want a new manicure being applied over chipped polish? (I don’t think so) So please have your skin void of any self- tanner. If not you would be combining different colors that can wind up looking very poor and patchy.

Any manicures and pedicures should be done before your tanning session. If you must get it on the same day as your spray tan session you must refrain from the massage. You do not want any oils or lotions on your skin as they will cause a barrier.

Waxing and shaving should be done at least 24 hours before your session, If you shave the day of, the shaving cream can leave a barrier. Also many razors have the moisturizing strips that will cause the spray tan to streak on the legs!

Do not shower right before the session. You may think that you are helping by having fresh clean skin. But what you may not realize is that your pores are being opened and your skin is getting hydrated. It might not absorb as much of the spray tan solution resulting in a much lighter tan. Also many soaps, shampoos and conditioners leave a film (even if you can’t see it) that can cause blotchy areas and streaks.

Do not apply any oils, lotions, perfumes or deodorant the day of the tan. They can also cause a barrier and if you spray over perfume that area can result in the tan peeling.

What do I need to wear?

Wear a dark colored swimsuit or undergarments. I always recommend going topless or nude as this way you will not have to worry about tan lines if you do not know what you will be wearing at your photoshoot.

How long until my tan develops?

You will see instant color due to a cosmetic bronzer but the actual tan will take from 9-12 hours to fully develop. You can NOT shower or get wet until that time as you will risk washing off the spray tan ! (no skin to skin contact either) If you do not have time to do that and need to rinse off quickly ask the salon about a rapid tanning option. This is a special tanning solution that many carry that will allow you to rinse off between 1-4 hours depending on the level of darkness you want. It might be a little more money but is perfect for those that have a busy schedule or do not like sleeping in spray tan solution.

What should I wear after the tanning session?

Please prepare accordingly. Many times spray tans are ruined because the client did not bring the right clothes to wear after their session. Bring either a loose t-shirt,button down shirt and loose pants or shorts. A strapless sundress is one of the best things you can wear. Do not put on any bras, spandex, jeans, leggings or yoga pants. No tight elastic around the waist or ankles & no socks or sneakers so bring flip flops. If is raining an umbrella does not always protect the tan. Water can splash up from your flip flops and get on your legs and heavy wind can still get you wet so long sleeves and loose long pants are the best thing for rainy days.

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Follow these tips and you will be on your way to the perfect tan for your beautiful photoshoot.

Melissa Weinberg is the creator of Perfect Glow Sunless which is a premium line of professional spray tan solution. Her products are used by professional salons and spas all over the world. She is also a top spray tanning professional and spray tan trainer located in South Florida.

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All about the Rapid Spray Tan

My Rapid Tan propriety blend enables you to shower off anywhere from 1-4 hours, depending on the darkness of the tan that you need to achieve and what I recommend for your skin tone. With this product it is imperative that you follow my instructions or risk turning too dark or unnatural.

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 *Just like a regular spray tan, the rapid tan still takes the 8 to 10 hours for the product to fully develop*  However since you rinse off quickly you are getting the luxury of not having to spend all day or night wearing tanning solution. How is this pretty neat? Well let me list a few reasons and I am sure you all have experienced one or more of these:

1) For starters your sheets will not have any bronzer rub off, or better yet if you are sleeping at someone elses home you do not have to be embarrassed anymore with leaving your mark. If you are a weekly tanner this is a very good thing. No more mattress pad looking like a police sketch of a self tanner lady.

2) Your significant other wont have to smell spray tan solution when you go to bed. Plus, remember that no skin to skin contact rule? Well that does not apply with the rapid tan. Yep, once you rinse off you can get touched ( So no more freaking out if their toe or body part touched you in the middle of the night! ) 

3) No more worrying that you will touch  & ruin your tan in your sleep. That eliminates any chance of getting spray tan solution on your fingers or the palms of your hands. No joke, I once woke up with a hand print on my leg.( I tend to sleep in all crazy positions ) Well no more of that!

4) Do you have a night out on the town, dinner plans or a hot date planned a few hours after your tanning session? With a regular tan you can not wear tight clothes as it can hinder the development of the tan & you should wear dark colors to prevent staining of the fabric. You no longer have to worry about that with rapid tan. Break out those skinny jeans, leggings or white dress.Plus, no more having to find creative positions to wash your hair.

5) Short on time and really want to tan but impossible since you have to shower for work or school, or maybe want to work out soon after? Then this product is perfect for you!  I have had many people tell me that they are so happy that they can start spray tanning again. They couldn’t seem to find the time before and never wanted to skip a workout. So now they can get the best of both worlds.

6) It can be difficult for new moms or if you have toddlers to spray tan. Between baths and play activities you want to do, I know it is hard sometimes to not get wet for an extended period of time ( especially if you get sprayed close to bath time.) Plus you do not have to fear the juice box straw or baby “stuff” . This product is also perfect for you! No more worries and do not have to cover up like Fort Knox for 8+ hours.

7) Perfect for younger girls that need a tan for a dance, pageant or cheer event. With this product moms no longer have to monitor their kids all day long hoping they don’t ruin their tan ! (I know many cheer moms that have seen accidents happen even from a juice box or because their child was not paying attention and got wet) Well this product will eliminate all of those issues once it is rinsed off!

Ok, I convinced you to try it so now you are wondering what to expect. Like all spray tans the product does contain a cosmetic bronzer. However keep in mind that it will wash off in the shower and once you are done It still takes the 8 to 12 hours for the product to fully develop. You will start to look darker as the day goes on or by the next morning (if you get sprayed in the evening ) Nothing like going to bed pasty and waking up tan.

 Both of my regular and rapid tanning solutions will provide beautiful color and it is just a personal preference to which one you want to choose. it will last the same amount as a regular airbrush tan however the longevity of any product will depend on the individual, how well they followed pre tan prep, their lifestyle and that they follow proper post tan instructions. As always a good tan extender, body lotion and bodywash made specifically for airbrush tanning are always recommended with either tanning product. This will guarantee that you are using the most hydrating products for your skin to prevent exfoliation, and help the tan fade as natural as possible.

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Perfect Glow Airbrush Tanning services the South Florida area. Tans are always flawless, organic based and no orange tint. Best spray tan in the Palm Beaches.

Contact me at 561-634-1180 or visit my website at http://www.yourperfectglow.com

How should I prepare for my spray tan session?

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This is the number one question I get from clients when they book their first airbrush tanning session. Prepping your skin properly will help ensure that you get a flawless tan and that it will last long. Preparing for your session is extremely important and should never be overlooked anytime you are going to get a spray tan.

It is imperative that you exfoliate your skin the day before or even for a few days leading up to the Spray Tan. (not the day of) I recommend you use exfoliating gloves rather than a washcloth or loofah ( those do not do a great job) and refrain from a scrub that contains oils unless it is more than a day before your appointment. Oils can leave a film on the skin that can create a barrier and possibly block the spray tan absorption in areas where it is on.

Exfoliation is important so the skin can be a clean even canvas. I always compare it to painting an object. If you are going to paint a piece of wood you always sand it so remove any rough/uneven areas so that the paint will look nice and even. So with spray tanning,  if the tanning solution is applied on uneven skin, the older dead skin cells will come off first causing the tan to possibly fade poorly. Do NOT have any existing self tanner or an old spray tan on you . That would be like putting polish over an existing chipped manicure. It might look good the first day or from afar, but when you get close up it looks horrible.

Do any waxing or shaving 24 hours before. And remember..again, no oils, lotions, perfumes or deodorant the day of the tan as they can act as a skin barrier and cause streaking or percent color from being absorbed in areas .

Many people think that they should shower right before the appointment but I highly recommend not to. That is because when you shower,  the steam will open the pores and your body gets very hydrated. This can adversely effect the tan because your skin might not absorb all of the solution resulting in a lighter tan and can take longer to dry off. I recommend at least showering 4 hours before by doing a light rinse, with no soap or body wash (except on your armpits & private areas).  If you absolutely must shower before your appointment do not use very hot water, and again no soap or body wash and make it a quick rinse.

Now since you have properly prepped you will be ready for your customized airbrush tan. Enjoy your session and get ready to enjoy your tanning experience.

Perfect Glow Mobile Airbrush Tanning is a boutique spray tanning salon and services the South Florida area including Wellington, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton. Come experience the best organic tan with no orange just perfect.  For more information please view my website at www.yourperfectglow.com or Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yourperfectglow.com

Spray tan trials for brides

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Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. You have taken the time to make sure your dress, venue and other details are perfect . So don’t forget to make sure your spray tan is perfect as well! That is why you need to plan ahead.

I offer trials for brides and I recommend scheduling it as much in advance as possible. I get many calls from brides that are getting married that week and want to get sprayed. I always say not all tans are created equal. Every blend contains different ingredients. Now…of course everyone loves my tans 🙂 they are great for the most sensitive skin and have a beautiful color…however, keep in mind a few facts:

Even if you have spray tanned 100 times, every salon carries different solution, All have different ingredients, cosmetic bronzers and fade. Just because you like one you may not like another.

A spray tan is a cosmetic procedure and you need to make sure your skin does not get any adverse reaction. If there was something in the blend that irritated your skin or gave you a reaction, would you want to mess up your pictures AND memories since your skin wouldn’t look it’s best?

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I customize a blend according to your skin tone and what level of tan you are going for. The spray contains a cosmetic bronzer so the true tan will be after you shower 8 + hours later. If you decide you want a little darker or a little lighter I can adjust it accordingly. If you don’t do a trial you are stuck with the color…like it or not!!

You can’t do a trial a week before your wedding. That is because a spray tan lasts anywhere 5-9 days. You would not have enough time to get the old spray tan fully exfoliated off your body in time for your wedding spray. People ask me “Can’t I just spray over the first tan?” Well yes…however I do not recommend it as you are not spraying on fresh skin. You will be spraying over some areas that have fading and some will not. You are not starting with a fresh canvas so the new tan will not be flawless. That might be OK to do in every day life but not for your wedding. You want to look perfect.

I recommend booking a trial a month or so in advance. This way you can get sprayed at least once if not twice beforehand. You would not want your makeup done by someone you don’t know the day of the wedding…so why would your spray tan be any different?

Perfect Glow Mobile Airbrush Tanning offers bridal packages and wedding party packages. www.yourperfectglow.com

Servicing brides, grooms and wedding party tanning in the South Florida area.

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Melissa@yourperfectglow.com

(561) 634-1180