Getting a fake tan for your wedding…

The majority of my clients are brides. Most of them come to me for advice on various beauty-related topics – how do I get rid of my pimples by my wedding day? How can I erase pigmentation? etc etc. But the most frequent queries relate to fake and/or spray tanning – “To spray tan, or not to spray tan?: That is the question”!

I am not a lover of spray tanning, or any fake tan (even bottled tanning products), to be honest. Unless it is done perfectly and through a highly reputable company, they can look extremely fake, often giving off that orange hue…. it’s a tough task for us makeup artists trying to match a yellow coloured face to an orange decolletage!

When I try to convince the bride to “look herself on her wedding day” some indicate they just want to have that “sunkissed” look. Perhaps it’s the fact we live in "the land down under" and the “bronzed Aussie” skin is expected and admired? My advice for those brides is to SHOP AROUND VERY CAREFULLY. A spray tan gone wrong can have devastating effects on your overall look on the big day.

Go with a reputable company, one that uses state of the art equipment. Always have a trial run AT LEAST a few months before your wedding, and try to attend your makeup trial “wearing” the skin colour you desire for your big day.

Follow the tips given to you by the salon on how to look after your spray tan: tips like exfoliation before your spray tan appointment; waxing at least one or two days beforehand; and not showering for at least 12 hours after your spray tan application. There is a reason why they give you these tips – to ensure that you get the most from your spray tanning session!!! You are paying decent money to get this tan, so do it properly!!!

For those brides who chose to go a la naturale, I commend them… the porcelain look is gorgeous, and pale skin has definitely made a comeback. Some people even say that “Pale skin equals class”! You only need to look at celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman – true alabaster beauties, whose look would be totally different if they were tanned and "sunkissed".

Visualise this look – pale skin, blonde hair, soft smokey eyes, rosey blush, false long lashes, and glossy lips….

Or for the brunettes – pale skin, extended liner, false long lashes, rosey blush, deep red lips… Beautiful!

I will leave you with some photo’s of one of my favourite alabaster clients – “Pale beauties”…

I hope these tips have assisted you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me on

Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah


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