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Written by Lucy Leaper Last updated: February 6, 2016
White is not the most flattering of colours and can easily make you look washed out, so it is no surprise that the majority of brides want a sun kissed look on their wedding day to ensure their completion looks healthy and tanned. With this high demand for a golden glow and the constant reminder of the damaging affects of sunbathing or using a sunbed, there are now lots of options on the market for sunless tanners which you can apply in the comfort of your own home! However, if you have ever self tanned before you will be aware of that awful stain fake tan can leave on your clothes. Although this can be off putting if you are planning to wear white on your big day, if done properly there’s actually nothing to worry about! Here’s how to self tan for your wedding and still wear a white dress…
This is one of the most important parts of the tanning process and is essential to get right to ensure you achieve a natural and even tan.
Fake tanning is definitely a beauty routine which needs practice to ensure you get the perfect shade to complement your dress. You have trials for your hair and make up, so why would you leave the colour of your skin to chance when it isn’t so easily rectified if it goes wrong?!
Start your trial runs about 6 months before the wedding, not forgetting to tan before you go to your make up trial. It is important for the make up artist to know what tone your skin will be on the big day so that she can choose a make up colour palette that will suit it.
You will also want to bare in mind what you will look like next to the groom. If he is a porcelain shade of pale you don’t want to over do that sun-kissed glow!
Most brides will find that a self tan looks it’s best 48 hours after application. Once you have prepped you skin and applied the lotion/ mousse or spray let it dry for at least 10 minutes before getting dressed in dark clothes and getting on with your day!
Give your tan at least 6 hours before bathing or showering and only shower once or twice in the 48 hour run up to the wedding. You want to make sure you’ve removed all the excess tint, but don’t want to remove any of the actual tan so stick to cool showers and pat skin dry.
Avoid using oily products on the skin and moisturise with an oil free moisturiser twice a day until the wedding.
Swimming in chlorinated water will bleach the tan so save taking a dip for your honeymoon!
You are most likely to create a build up of unwanted tan on your palms and wrists if you are apply by hand and in areas such as the knee and heel where your skin wrinkles. Hand staining can be avoided by wearing mitts or washing hands and wrists thoroughly after applying. If you miss a spot, apply oil to the area and leave for a few minutes before exfoliating and washing clean.
Moisturise all over with your oil-free lotion letting it soak in before patting talcum powder in the areas you may sweat to help avoid tan transfer onto the dress and voila! You are ready for your big day, kissed with a golden glow and dressed in a pristine gown!