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A common practice for the soon to be Bride (and some grooms) is getting that healthy wedding day glow. Everyone looks better with a little extra color. I repeat...a little extra color. I will give you tips on how to get that beautiful bronze you desire without having the "muddy" or "pumpkin" look.
Do your research before you spray. The more pale you are, the more likely you are to get that "pumpkin" look. Not cute. As I have said before, my favorite system is Versa Spa. I'm very pale and Versa will always turn me a nice golden color without that pumpkinesque look. Another great option is to have an actual person spray you. There are great companies you can hire that will bring a pop up booth to your house or you can go to tanning salons where this service is offered.
Also, make sure you know how the system works before you get in! You don't want a "Ross" situation.
For step by step instructions on how to spray tan, read our previous post To Spray or Not To Spray...Is It Really A Question?
If you prefer to get your color in a tanning bed, this is an option with little prep time and a good dose of Vitamin D. Your tan will be more natural and last longer.
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If you are going out this weekend in that short little dress, prepping your legs is just as important as the makeup you are going to put on. I am going to give you 4 easy steps to get those jaw dropping stems.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Make sure to exfoliate in the shower. I like to use Philosophy's The Big Skinny. It will slough off dead skin and has oils that leave your legs silky smooth. You always want to exfoliate to expose more of the hair in order to get a closer shave.
Step 2: Shave with New Blades and Moisturizing Shaving Cream:
Step 3: Oil Up!
After your shower, smooth on a shower oil or dry oil. This step will replace your lotion. I like the Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil because it is sensitive, will not irritate freshly shaven skin and absorbs into the skin so you do not feel oily. You will be left with hydrated, smooth and glistening legs!
Step 4: Color and Glow
The last step is color and glow. Let's be honest. Nobody wants to see super pale and uneven legs. Not cute. I have listed a couple of products below that will remedy this problem.
I love and use VersaSpa religiously. It is a micro mist self tanning/bronzing product. It will last almost a full week and turns your skin a nice brown. No pumpkin skin for pale girls and if you are darker complected or a woman of color, it will even out your tone!
Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs is an awesome alternative to the spray tan. It washes off in the shower so you do not have to worry about being stuck with it for a week. When you spray it on, you literally look like you either have completely flawless legs or like you are wearing pantyhose. I have seen women use it and totally conceal the look of dark and prominent varicose veins.
Lastly, Lorac Tantalizer. I always keep this product in my freelance kit just in case my models need it. It is a lotion but you can also buy it in a foam as well. Rub the Tantalizer on and get an instant bronze glow. It will give you a little extra color and your legs will look fab. This product is used on the red carpet by many celebs such as Beyonce and Cameron Diaz. It rinses off in the shower and is easy to use.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with creamy porcelain skin. It is beautiful, it makes makeup pop, it is lovely. Some people can pull it off beautifully but if you are like me and have pink undertones, dark circles and blue veins that show up all too well....you might want to consider going under the gun (spray gun that is). I do not encourage laying out in the sun or tanning beds unless it is infrequent and for the purpose of getting a little Vitamin D.