5 Genius Spray Tan Tips, According to Bronzing Experts


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I got my first-ever spray tan last summer. The only piece of advice I had picked up prior was to keep my mouth closed, but beyond that, my knowledge of the spray-tanning process was minimal. For some reason, I thought I'd be able to cover my boobs while a complete stranger spray-painted me, but that pretty much defeats the purpose, so in I went into the booth wearing nothing but a provided paper thong, arms wide open à la Creed, pursing my lips so I didn't come out with tan teeth. It was cold, it was bizarre, but damn did I look like a bronzed statue when all was said and done.

I was in love with my new instant tan, but within a few days, I started to get weird splotches along my chest and near my armpits, like it was rubbing off. It was so bad that I ended up scrubbing the crap out of my skin with a loofa, hoping it would all rinse down the drain. Surely I'd made some sort of rookie mistake, and I was fairly certain I wasn't the only one who's inadvertently ruined their faux tan. That's why I enlisted the help of two tanning experts to find out how to get the best bronze possible every time, no matter what. Read on for their best tricks.

Next up, take a look at the drugstore self-tanners with great performance value.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.