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Self-Tanning Tips for Prom

June 1, 2010 at 3:15PM by Kayla Hutzler |


We understand that you don't want to go to prom looking ghostly white — nor do you want to look Oompa Loompa orange. So, we have some thoughts to get a pre-prom tan that looks natural and is no fuss. If you're wearing a pastel or brightly colored dress you may feel like you need a little bit of color (rich colored dresses often complement pale skin) but don't hop in a tanning bed! Not only do you risk the chance of becoming a lobster the day before prom (something you really can't cover up) but it's also SO bad for you!

There are plenty of other options for achieving a sun-kissed glow before prom. They key to all of them: do a practice run!

The most foolproof way of getting a touch of color is to go a tanning salon and get a spray tan — some do it by hand, other have laser machines. Either way, try one out a few weeks before prom to make sure it's not streaky, too orange, or too light. Then if you decide it's perfect, get it done again three to four days before prom! Many salons have package deals so look into that as it may be cheaper.

You can also apply self-tanner to yourself. The new Sublime Bronze One-Day Gel by Loreal washes off with soap and water so you don't have to worry about looking like a leopard — you can wash it right off if you don't like it!

And, just a few tips for spray and self-tanners if you decide to go that route. Always shave and exfoliate before you apply it. This will help the color go on smoother and with less streaks. If you DIY, be sure to wash your hands immediately with soap and water to avoid orange hands. If you have more time, the really safe option is to use a gradual tan lotion — you're guaranteed not to have any streaks! Jergen's Natural Glow is our favorite — and it has a hint of shimmer that looks great for day and night!

What are your favorite self-tanners? Have any spray tan tips? Share them with us!



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