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Since I specialize in wedding spray tans, I am often asked by my brides how getting a sunless tan before the wedding works to enhance their professional makeup and what their makeup artist is going to think of the idea.

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The makeup artists that I work with in Toledo, Ohio really love it when their brides come to visit me and are getting a little glow. An expertly applied spray tan is the secret to smoothing out skin tones and creating an even palate before the wedding makeup.

Wedding Makeup Advice

So you have a special occasion (engagement photos, bachelorette party or your wedding) coming up and are feeling a teensy bit pale. You wish you could warm up your skin tone without having to overdo it on the bronzer. The best option is a spray tan.

Benefits of a Spray Tan Before Your Wedding

A spray tan will give you that perfect sun kissed glow but it also:

  • Makes your eyes and teeth appear brighter.
  • Smooths your skin tone allowing your makeup artist to pick the best foundation.
  • Helps your skin to look more youthful. The skin will appear softer and smoother and the color difference between your neck and face will be easier to blend.

All of this leads to looking amazing in your wedding photos!

bridal photo showcasing spray tan by sunspray by kathryn
Photo Credit Lauren Mackenzie Photography, Spray Tan SunSpray by Kathryn, Makeup Leah at Merle Norman Cosmetics

Skin Care Tips Before Your Spray Tan

Your skin care can be the make it or break it for your spray tan! Things to keep in mind to make your glowing skin go that extra mile.

Before your spray tan exfoliate gently the night before your appointment.  If you can sneak a second exfoliating session in the week before your spray tan appointment even better!

Come to your appointment with clean dry skin.

Have all other beauty services done BEFORE your spray tan appointment.

Skin Care Tips After Your Spray Tan

After your spray tan is applied make sure to listen to the instructions you are given by your spray tan artist and do not allow yourself to use any skin care products with any kind of Salicylic Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids as these ingredients can cause your sunless tan to fade prematurely or become uneven.

You should use mild gentle washes.

At the shop we recommend Merle Norman’s Gentle Solutions skincare line with tea tree and chamomile extracts. We also have a natural sulfate free body wash that we all LOVE how it smells and it’s spray tan safe. The Naked Bee Body Wash, no yucky chemicals in it to mess with your tan.

summer engagement photo spray tan by sunspray by kathryn
Beautiful Engagement Photo by Swatch Studios, Spray Tan SunSpray by Kathryn and Makeup by Leah at Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio

How To Do Makeup After A Spray Tan

Here are my top tips for wearing makeup after your spray tan:

After you have gotten your spray tan you have let it develop for the recommended amount of time. During this time if you would like to wear a little makeup you can, but please don’t use any liquid foundations.  A powder mineral foundation, eyes and lips are just fine.  Just remember you will NOT be washing your face before bed likely so make sure whatever you apply you are comfortable sleeping in.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your lips! It is important to remember when you have a spray tan to wear a bit more color on your lips and stay away from the nude lipstick. This is important for photos as you do not want your lips to fade into your skincolor. Also a pop of lipcolor will make your teeth appear even whiter!

How To Match Foundation After Spray Tan

Once your spray tan has developed fully and you have showered you can go and have your foundation matched by a professional makeup artist to make sure that your foundation matches your new TAN skin.

You don’t want to get a spray tan and then use a super pale foundation that you were using on your previously ghostly face.

Keep your foundation lightweight.  A heavy matte foundation is going to look dull on your new bronzy skin.  Go with a BB Cream or a sheer transfer resistant formula.

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Spray Tan Tips for Weddings & Professional Makeup

If you are getting a spray tan for your wedding, your makeup artist, would advise you to schedule your tan 2 days before your makeup trial so that you can match your foundation.

This gives you a completed look so that you are confident with all your color choices on your big day. This also allows you to feel comfortable with the whole spray tan process and you can practice the sunless tanning rules before your wedding day. Getting your tan 2 days before your makeup application allows the color to settle into the skin and it will make your day of wedding makeup go even smoother having the correct foundation already picked out.

Having a spray tan from an experienced spray tan artist followed up with your professionally applied makeup is going to really make the difference in your wedding photos! Investing in your wedding beauty is going to show.  You are the star of the show and you should get to feel like it.  If you are contemplating a spray tan for your wedding or special occasion as a MUA I 100% say do it!

There are other spray tan tips that you do want to stick to for a perfect outcome but under your special occasion makeup your tan will make you feel so much better giving you that extra umph of confidence. Bonus Points for white teeth, bright eyes, and smooth skin….and perfect pictures!

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