Wedding Day Fake Tan Application

Perfect Your Wedding Day & Honeymoon Tan

A Comprehensive Guide To Self Tanning For Your Wedding Day

A comprehensive guide to applying self tan flawlessly for your wedding day and honeymoon. Looking your best is so important on your big day, follow our wedding tanning guide to help you get that perfect self tan application and maintain the colour throughout your honeymoon. Easy to follow tips and examples to make self tanning a breeze!

Wedding Self Tan Application:

For best results, apply Wedding Tan straight after a shower. Avoid washing with shower gels and soaps high in alkaline as your skin should be neutral when applying the products. Apply the self tanning product evenly all over the body, taking time to ensure you're applying it evenly and not putting on too much – remember you can always apply another layer later if you want to go darker. It's often advised to use tanning gloves when applying fake tan to help prevent your palms from getting tanned, but as long as you scrub your hands with soap and hot water very well after you've finished applying, this will help ensure your palms don't end up tanned once the product develops in colour. Also, be careful when you're washing your hands not to splash the water onto your freshly tanned body as this can end up in small splash marks being visible after the tan has developed (where the water has washed off the product). To tan the back of your hands, apply a small amount of self tanner with cotton wool, sponge or a tissue onto the back of your hands after you have washed them; also wipe around your wrists to avoid any marks. Alternatively, apply a small amount of fake tan to the back of one hand and rub the back of both hands together. Then use a tissue to remove any fake tan from the palms and fingernails.

Depending on what fake tan product you've used, you'll either have to wait to get dressed for 10-15 minutes whilst the product dries, or in some cases there are products that dry instantly and allow you to get dressed straight away, such as Wedding Tan. Some self tanning products give you an instant colour - this is something you need to allow to dry well in advance of putting on your wedding dress though, as you don't want the colour rubbing off on your dress. However some self tanning products don't have a guide colour (such as Wedding Tan, Gradual 10 or Tan & Tone) and instead go on like a moisturiser and develop naturally over 4-6 hours, which you need to allow for in advance - this type of product may well be more suited for your wedding day as it will not rub off on your dress.

The colour that develops from self tanning products can vary massively. Typically with self tanning you get what you pay for, therefore don't go for the cheap products as there will be a strong chance you'll end up with an undesirable end colour and tarnish your impression of what a good fake tan should look like. Instead you should be looking to spend sensibly on a good bottle of self tanning lotio, as these products will usually have excellent ingredients and result in a very natural tanned colour being achieved. The better and more expensive products will often last you longer because you won't need to apply as much, therefore becoming more cost-effective over the long-term. You'll also end up with a tan that you'll never want to lose! Check our our full range for a totally natural-looking tan!

Prepare and practice your colour well before the wedding day - apply one coat of self tan at a time, let that develop and then if you want to go darker re-apply in 12-24 hours. Don't re-apply too soon as this can affect the final result and the tan is more likely to flake off. Don't shower too soon after applying the tanning product either, it needs time to develop and by showering within a few hours after application could result in some of the product being washed off and not giving you a colour. The same can be said of physical activity too soon after application, perspiration can also end up in the product coming off prior to developing in colour affecting the overall result. If you still don't get the colour you were hoping, you may have applied too much moisturiser prior to tanning, not used enough of the product, or even used too much of the product. It's very often trial and error to begin with, but once you've applied a fake tan product a couple of times you'll know exactly what you're doing and perfect the colour you're looking for.

Maintaining your colour well into your honeymoon:
To maximise the length of time your tan lasts after your wedding day, you should use a high quality moisturiser daily to keep your skin moisturised and less likely to flake prematurely. You should also exfoliate lightly several days after applying the self tanning product to naturally remove the dead skin cells evenly instead of them flaking off unevenly. Prolong your tan further by applying a tan extender or gradual tanner in between full applications.