When taking on a new client, the number one thing I hear is "You're not going to turn me orange are you?" No one wants to have that dreaded Oompa Loompa look, or turn out looking like they have yellow skin. So what can you do to avoid it? Well, a lot of it actually doesn't have to do with YOU, but who is going to be airbrushing you, and what they are using to give to tan your skin. There are a few things you can ask when getting going to a new technicians, and there are also a few things that you should completely steer clear of.
First things first. The solution. Almost every airbrush tanning solution on the market is made of a blend of colors. Gold, yellow, brown, violet and even green tones are all found in the solutions to help optimize the best color. Some of these colors may sound strange, but they can actually be the most important part as to why you look orange once the tan has developed. With my clients, I tend to stick with the solutions that have the highest concentration of violet tones. The reason why, is because when violet and brown develop, it gives a deep and dark tan that looks more authentic compared to something that is trying to replicate a "bronze glow". If you have a lot of redness in your skin, ask your technician if he or she offers a solution with green tones. The green will help offset the redness while giving you an even tan.
Second. Who is doing your tan? While it is true that I have told many, many people that literally anyone can learn to airbrush, it does require a little bit of technique. One of the key things I have learned while airbrushing, is you never want to tan over the same spot twice (aside from the legs), because it can cause the tan to develop unevenly in certain spots and lead to blotchiness. Also, look at the person performing the service. We have always been told to never judge a book by it's cover, but when it comes to what color the cover of the book is, perhaps it will show you what the solution that they use turns out like.
STAY AWAY FROM BOOTHS. I know there are great automated machines out there, I have used them myself. That was over five years ago. Since airbrush solutions have come a long way in the fast few years, I can promise you that you will have a much better experience with a personal technician. The problem with automated machines, is that they get clogged, or the nozzle gets bumped, or you get confused as to what the voice is telling you to do and end up spraying your front twice (remember the episode in Friends?). When the nozzle gets clogged, it can start to speckle your skin with tanning solution. No one likes a polka dot tan. Another example that happened to myself, was that the nozzle was jammed and didn't go all the way down. The spray only went about as far as my knees, which was really, really attractive. Remember, unless you can shower within 15 minutes of a spray tan going wrong, you're stuck like that for up to a week.
Last but not least, there is one thing that you can do to help yourself from getting funny coloring in all the wrong places. Moisturize. Dry skin is orange skin. Exfoliation and moisturizing are key to a tan, but you want to exfoliate and put on lotion 24 hours prior to your tan. A lot of clients think they should hop in the shower and scrub right before I arrive. No, no, no. You want that time for your skin to recover it's natural oils. Dry and chalky skin is going to turn yellow and chalky, which just looks weird. So, scrub the day before, lotion up and leave your body alone. Ideally, Apply a little more lotion eight hours before your session, to make sure there is plenty of moisture. Stay tuned for some of my favorite products for moisturizing and pre tan exfoliation, and some tips on how to keep that tan for up to 12 days!