Tanning tips

for your wedding day

Bronzed brides ©

All smart brides know that seeking the sun isn't the right way to get your skin glowing and looking bronzed. If you do want that sun-kissed look without the UV exposure, self-tanning is the best option. Cosmetic companies have perfected the art of colour and coverage, so you don't need to worry about orange, streaky skin if you follow these pre-tanning tips from our TietheKnot beauty writer:

Scrub up - to ensure the tanning formula covers your skin evenly, it's critical that you exfoliate your entire body paying particular attention to ankles, feet, wrists, and elbows. Use a dry brush when you're out of the shower, or a loofah when you're in the water. Body scrubs and exfoliating hand mits are also an effective way to slough away dead skin cells.

Slather up - invest in a good body moisturizer and apply to your entire body to ensure your skin is softer for a more even coverage of the tan. Do this after you exfoliate.

Glove up - before you go ahead and apply the self-tan, it's a good idea to have everything ready. Lay an old towel in the bathroom (so the soles of your feet don't pick up the colour), tie your hair up, remove all makeup and strip off your clothes. Apply your body moisturizer to your feet, wrists, knees and hands so the tan doesn't stain these areas as darkly. Now it's time to put on gloves to keep your hands and fingers tan-free.

Jewellery catalogue
Engraved seals
boxes for bomboniere

Tan up - For the best colour and quality, apply your tan two days before the wedding day. It pays to do a few test trials in the weeks leading up to your big day so you learn how to apply it well and what level of colour you prefer. It's preferable to self-tan in the evening so you can walk about in either loose clothing or nothing at all (if you dare!). You can get into bed around 40 minutes after applying your tan.

Start with a light coverage, and depending on your brand's instructions, apply another coat around half an hour later. You can build your colour up this way for a more even and natural-looking tone. Once you're happy with the coverage, remove your gloves and let your skin dry. Here's to glowing, healthy skin!

Pro tip: if you're too nervous applying your own self-tan, spray tans are a wonderful alternative. You can either visit a spray booth, where you stand in a small cubicle and get blasted by a light spray of formula, or have a beautician spray you by hand.

magnetic date saverClick for more Beauty tips for your big day

Author: Emma Carmichael, Copy Culture
©2006: This article is Copyrighted - it may not be reproduced without written permission. Permission may be given provided all links, and this message are attached. Please ask

[Home page] [Contact us] [Sugar-coated almonds] [miniature paper flowers] [silk rose petals] [gold/silver charms] [crystals] [bonboniere kits] [evening bags] [organza bags] [Tips & Hints] [Magnetic Wedding Date Saver]