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How to Self Tan for Your Wedding & Still Wear a White Dress

6th February 2016 |By | Be the first to comment

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 safely and still wear a white dress.

Why Self Tan for Your Wedding

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 allowing you to self tan for your wedding, which you can apply in the comfort of your own home.

How to Self Tan For Your Wedding Day |

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 Self Tanning Preparation

This is one of the most important parts of the tanning process and it’s essential to get right to ensure you achieve a natural and even tan.

1. Avoid tanning a couple of weeks before so that you don’t create a build up on the skin.

2. Get any hair removal out of the way at least 24 hours before you tan so that any irritation has the time to calm down and pores will have closed.

3. Remove any old, excess tan or oil based products (oil dissolves tanning products)  from the skin with a long hot soak in the bath and a good exfoliation concentrating on areas such as the knees, elbows and back of the ankles. Avoid moisturising which will act as a barrier.

4. Tie your hair up and apply Vaseline to your eye brows and around your hair line if you are blonde to avoid staining.

Self Tan Trial Run

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 should also bear in mind how you will look next to the groom. If he is a porcelain shade of pale you don’t want to over do that sun-kissed glow!

When to Tan

Most brides will find that a self tan looks it’s best 48 hours after application. Once you have prepped your skin and applied the lotion/ mousse / spray, let it dry for at least 10 minutes before getting dressed in dark clothes and getting on with your day.

Preserving Your Tan

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!

Removing Tanning Mistakes

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.

On the Big Day

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!

If you’re not planning to self tan for your wedding and would prefer to have a natural looking glow professionally applied, we recommend these Health and Beauty experts.

Written by

Lucy Leaper is our inspiration and bridalwear specialist! She has a degree in fashion design and 12 years experience in the fashion industry, including 3 and a half years as the manager of a bridal boutique. Lucy loves to hear every little detail about a bride's wedding plans and it is no surprise that the first thing she wants to know is what they're wearing!

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