Exclusive wedding tanning tips from Fake Bake’s James Harknett

1) Trial tan


If you’re new to the tanning world do some research online or ask girlfriends for a recommendation. The wedding tan is the most important of them all. Sync your tanning try out just before a make up trail too.

Take some images of your dress to show your tanning therapist. A good tanner will want to see what skin you are showing in the dress and want to discuss how you tan naturally and what self tan products you have used successfully in the past. All this information will help bespoke the perfect colour.

It important to look a glowing version of your normal self. Look at the treatment like a body make up that evens out the skin tone and something that will look natural in photos.
For fair skins I recommend one light layer of Fakebake original tanning spray formula. Some fine extra layers around the collar bone , décolletage and arms will enhance an ivory, champagne or white dress that exposes these areas.

2) Take a photo every day after you have rinsed the guide colour away, so you can gage what day the tan looks it’s best. Most brides prefer the tan 48 hours before the wedding.

3) Nourish your colour twice a day to keep the tan intact on the skin for longer by using Fakebake oil free body moisturiser. This seals in the colour to ensure a longer lasting tan for honeymoon. It also allows the tan to fade naturally.

4) If you are opting to tan yourself for the wedding, once again trail your product first. On freshly exfoliated skin apply a gradual tan such as Fakebake Fair. Glide your product over the body, dispersing lighter sweeping motions in the underarms towards the wrists to ensure a lighter blended fade towards the wrists. Don’t over tan the hands and feet as these must look perfect on your wedding day. Mix a pea size amount of tan with your hand cream for sun kissed hands.

For the feet blend with your body moisturiser.
The beauty of a fair tan is that it can be built up daily for the desired shade.

5) Top bridal tips

  •   Wax 48 hours before your wedding tan. This will ensure the pores have closed and any wax

    residue will have been rinsed off the body.

  •   Have your manicure and pedicure before the spray tan. Soaking the hands and feet would remove the colour prematurely.

  •   If you are fair skinned, blond or a red head let your therapist place a little moisture or barrier cream around the hairline before you are sprayed. Also a little Vaseline over the eyebrows.

  •   If you are being sprayed on a hot day. Sprinkle a little talc across the chest, under the arms and over the joins of the body to avoid any build up of perspiration mottling the colour while it activates on the skin.