When it's down to the final weeks before your wedding, the excitement will most likely be at its peak for everyone involved with the planning process.
Every bride wants to look her best, and with all the excitement it's easy to get caught up in the quest to achieve the perfect wedding day look. However, this also means that sometimes brides can get carried away and end up making beauty choices they regret when their wedding day comes around.
Going a shade too dark can leave you looking like you've been soaking in orange juice rather than soaking in the sun.
To save you from any last minute panic, here's what you should know about getting a pre-wedding spray tan to avoid a classic bridal beauty blunder.
Getting a wedding day glow
Every bride lusts after the perfect "glow" for their wedding day. But if you haven't had the time to work on your tan leading up to your wedding, it can be tempting to turn to a spray tan to get that sunkissed complexion.
However, this has the potential to cause a lot of problems, and can be difficult to remedy at the last moment.
Besides marking your pristine wedding dress, going a shade too dark or too warm can leave you looking like you've been soaking in orange juice rather than soaking in the sun.
Doing a spray tan the right way
If you are set on a spray tan, your skin will hold colour better when it's healthy and hydrated, so make sure you start exfoliating and moisturising well before your wedding.
Avoid any oil based products, which can build a barrier between your skin and the spray tan and prevent it from settling properly.
Make sure you book your spray tan session with a professional at least two days prior to your wedding day so that it has time to develop (usually this can take up to 10 hours).
It's also a good idea to do a test area prior to your session to ensure you're choosing the right shade for the most natural look.
All the usual guidelines apply, so make sure you've done any waxing or shaving a day before before your spray tan.
Also ensure you completely remove any deodorant or perfume which can sometimes leave greenish marks after your spray tan.
Make sure you also avoid moisture, including showering, or any activity that cause you to perspire during the 24 hours following your appointment, which can result in dreaded splotches.