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Right after application, it’s important to educate your client so
they fully understand the specific wash-off instructions and have been
reminded to bring loose tan-friendly clothes to the appointment.
“Rinse under a cool or lukewarm shower after the
recommended development time as hot water can stimulate
breakage in the colour,” advises Tara Wagner.
“It goes without saying that chlorine, glycolic cleansers or
alcohol-based personal care products should also be avoided for
the same reason.
“Tell the bride to pat themselves dry after they’ve rinsed as
rigorous rubbing can scrub-off pigment and make it look patchy.
“Stay hydrated with a great nourishing moisturiser until the
wedding as locking in hydrating will ensure a more natural
Stacey McPherson also raises a pertinent point: “Remind
your client that colour can continue to develop after rinsing off
so avoid going to the gym and sweating it out in a razor back,
particularly if the wedding dress is backless! ”
To maximise financial reward for your extra effort, Kim Oliver
suggests packaging up your wedding sunless tanning offering into a
suite of packages tailored to different client needs.
“They’re a great way to build a wider business for one service and
they can be paid in advance” she says.
“ You could offer a deluxe special that includes bridesmaids or
one for just the bride, and also one for the bride and her mother so
there’s lots of choice.
“Cost the consultation, trial application and big-day-
spray should be factored into the price plus you can include
unexpected add-ons that feel like wedding gifts but are actually
built into what you charge.
“One add-on that’s a no brainer is a maintenance pack for the
client to use between the trial and the wedding day. It’s a win-win as
the correct care during lead-up means an optimum end-result.”
Chlorine and salt-water don’t mesh well with a
fake golden glow, but this is an excellent retail
opportunity for you.
“Be sure to recommend your clients the
correct products to ensure their colour stays fresh
throughout the honeymoon,” says Kim Oliver.
“It’s essential they invest in a hydrating
tanning mousse, an applicator mit, and a gentle
exfoliator so they can gently exfoliate the day
a fter the wedding.
“A fter exfoliation, they can apply the Mine Tan
Coconut Mousse which is super easy to work with,
dries in seconds, self-levels, and gives them a top
up golden glow.
“Alternatively, they may prefer a `gradual’
self-bronzing solution such as the lotion from St
Tropez – this one can be applied to the body and
the face, doesn’t wash off and has a tint covers
natural tone – you might choose a violet shade to tone down yellow in
someone’s skin, or if the client is pink toned and pale, you may opt for
a green base to warm them up – go case by case.
“For professional wedding photography, there are two key rules
when it comes to cultivating a camera ready tan.
“Firstly, the tan should enhance the skin colour and never
detract from the gown – ergo, not too dark.
“ Secondly, the finish should be even-toned – be mindful of the
face and arms, which should be seamless against the décolletage.
And, of course, be particularly watchful of white hands or feet.”
After a client confirms they are happy with their
trial wedding colour, experts across the board are
vigilant in giving brides pre-tan-prep instructions
before the final application.
“Make sure you’re working on a smooth, clean
canvas when they come in for their actual wedding
tan,” says Tara Wagner, owner of The Spray Tan
Society, bridal bronzing specialists.
“Leading up to the wedding and before the final
tan, the client should exfoliate every day to remove
traces of old spray tans and dead skin cells.
“Also instruct them on hair removal timings – we
recommend leaving 24 hours after waxing or shaving
before being sprayed – you don’t want to aggravate
the pores and have colour settle into them.
“In the days between the colour trial and the
big-day bronzing session, advise your client to
moisturise their skin twice a day.”
Stacey McPherson warns: “Spray gunning on freshly lasered skin
can increase the risk of burning so any lasering should be done at
least two weeks before.”
Our tanning experts across the board say that, for a special
occasion, the client should be sprayed
precisely two days before the event.
Kim Oliver, veteran tanning guru
and Australian distributor for Mine
Tan, explains: “This leaves one day
for the colour to settle then the next
day it’s looking gorgeous.
“ Suggest your bride have their
nails and eyelashes done the day
before tanning too - the alcohol
used in such treatments can shift the
colour on the face or cuticles and can
cause it to patch off.
“ Your client should moisturise the
night before but be sure to exfoliate
on the morning of their tan – they
shouldn’t be wearing any moisturiser,
oils, deodorant or fragrance when
they come in as they can contaminate
Sunescape Exfoliating Body
Polish, Sunescape Body Butter
Mine Tan Liquid
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