The Effects of Tanning With Makeup

Spray Tanning 101: Can You Tan with Makeup On?

“Can you tan with makeup on” is a question we frequently receive. Many clients wonder if they can skip washing their face before a spray tan appointment because they have a full face of makeup on. While the short answer is technically yes, you can wear makeup to your appointment, it’s not always the best course of action. Read on to see why ditching the makeup for your spray tan session is the smarter (and safer) choice for a beautiful, even glow.

Why Makeup and Spray Tans Don’t Mix

Wearing makeup while tanning can hinder your spray tan results. Let’s take a look at the two main issues:

  • Blocked Pores: Makeup, especially foundation and concealer, can create a barrier on your skin. This barrier can prevent the tanning solution from reaching your skin cells evenly, leading to a patchy tan. Imagine patchy makeup – that’s exactly what you want to avoid with your spray tan!
  • Uneven Absorption: Different makeup products have varying levels of SPF, which can affect how your skin tans. Areas with heavier makeup (like around your eyes or blemishes) might have slower tanning, resulting in a splotchy look.

Think about it like this: for a flawless paint job on a car, you wouldn’t leave dirt or grime on the surface, would you? The same principle applies to your skin for a flawless airbrush tan.

How to Prep for a Flawless Spray Tan (Makeup-Free!)

Here are a few tips to prep your skin for your spray tan session:

  1. Exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, creating a smooth canvas for the tanning solution to adhere to. Aim to exfoliate 24-48 hours before your appointment.
  2. Shave: Shaving is optional, but if you choose to shave, do it at least 24 hours before your tan. Shaving can leave tiny nicks on your skin, which may absorb more solution and appear darker in your tan.
  3. Moisturize (But Not Too Much): Moisturized skin absorbs the tanning solution more evenly. Avoid using heavy lotions or oils before your appointment, as they create a barrier and affect the tan’s development.
  4. Skip the Makeup: This is the most important step! As we discussed earlier, makeup can create an uneven tan. Arrive at your appointment with a clean, makeup-free face.

Follow these simple steps to ensure your skin is ready to absorb the tanning solution for a beautiful, even tan.

Tan Safely with Kelsey Marie Artistry Airbrush Tanning

Tan safely with an airbrush spray tan from Kelsey Marie Artistry

Now that you know why skipping makeup is key to a flawless spray tan, it’s time to book your appointment! At Kelsey Marie Artistry, our technicians use top-of-the-line solutions and techniques to achieve your perfect tan. We’ll guide you through the entire process, ensuring a comfortable and luxurious experience.

Contact us today to schedule your spray tan appointment and achieve that sun-kissed glow you’ve been dreaming of, without the harmful UV rays!

Frequently Asked Questions about Makeup and Spray Tanning

Q: I forgot to remove my mascara before my spray tan appointment. Will it cause problems?

A: Mascara typically won’t cause major issues, but it’s always best to remove all makeup for an even tan. The area around your eyes is naturally more delicate and may absorb less solution. This means that even a thin layer of mascara could create a slight difference in color.

Q: What if I have a blemish I want to cover before my spray tan?

A: For minor blemishes, you can use a light moisturizer instead of concealer. If you need more coverage, discuss your concerns with your spray tan technician. They may recommend a gentle spot treatment that won’t interfere with the tanning solution.

Q: Can I apply makeup after my spray tan?

A: Absolutely! Wait at least 4-8 hours after your appointment before applying makeup. This will allow the solution to fully develop on your skin. You should also use oil-free products to avoid interfering with the tan.

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