Bridal Beauty: How Do I Fix a Bad Spray Tan?


Help! My spray tan looks awful and my wedding is in a few days! How can I fix it?


We know you want to glow on your wedding day and a spray tan done right can give you that sun-kissed look, but there's always a chance it could end up streaky or too orange. First of all, to prevent any kind of tan disaster from happening, shave and exfoliate before your appointment. This will get rid of dead skin and create a clean slate for the color to be applied to. Then, dry your skin completely. Extra moisture on your skin can make the tan come out all streaky. The only place where you'll want to moisturize are rough areas, like your knees and elbows, to prevent tanner from seeping into dry creases.

If you notice a few problem areas before leaving the salon, talk to the person who applied your tan or to the manager and see if there's any way they can help you. If you're already home when you notice your tan is more like, well, tangerine, there's a number of products you can use to buff out streaks or remove it all together. Head to your local cosmetics store and chat with a sales associate to find the right one for you, or if you have a few lemons in your kitchen, squeezing some juice on a cotton ball and rubbing it on your skin can buff out streaks and dark patches.

And if there's no time for you to do any of those, don't worry. You know how you never notice a friend's pimple until she points it out? That's how this will be. Everyone will be so captivated by how gorgeous you look that they won't even notice a few streaks on your skin.

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