Airbrush Tanning Prep Tips

Written by Cosmix Inc.

Who doesn’t want a golden tan throughout the year? Fortunately, getting a golden tan doesn’t have to involve harmful UV rays. A growing number of health-conscious men and women are getting natural-looking tans without ever stepping foot into a tanning salon or lying out in the sun. How? Airbrush tanning. Sure, there are many sunless tanning products on the market. But none of them come close to the color and beauty of an airbrush tan.

However, before you can get an airbrush tan, it’s important to prep your skin. Getting your skin ready for an air tan will ensure that you get an even, long-lasting tan. Here’s how to get your body ready for airbrush tanning.

Cleanse and exfoliate. An airbrush tan can’t get applied evenly on dry, rough, or uneven skin. Before going to the salon, cleanse and exfoliate your skin the morning of the treatment. Use soap to remove sweat, perfumes, lotion or oil. Then exfoliate the skin from your face to your toes. Exfoliating the skin requires more than cleaning the skin with soap and water. You will need to remove the dead surface layer of your skin using an exfoliating brush, salt scrub, sugar scrub, or an exfoliating scrub.

Along with traditional exfoliating treatments you can try at home, many beauty salons offer their own exfoliating treatments, such as gels and pH balancing prep wipes. If you’re getting your treatment done by a professional makeup artist who has attended one of the leading schools for makeup artistry, the technician might apply a pre-tan exfoliator lotion. This lotion is designed to not only exfoliate the skin, but also remove any final sweat, perfumes, oil and moisturizers.

Get rid of unwanted hair. Another important step to preparing the skin for an airbrush tan is to remove any unwanted hair from your arms, legs, and other areas of the body. But how and when you remove the hair is what matters. Shave unwanted hair the night before your treatment. If you are going to wax the hair, simply wait four days before getting an airbrush tan.

Remove jewelry and clothes. The final part to preparing your body for an airbrush tan is the removal of everything from jewelry to clothes. An airbrush tan must be applied while wearing special disposable coverings, including disposable caps, bras, and thongs. You can also wear your bathing suit. The makeup artists at Cosmix Inc. are taught the proper way to apply an airbrush tan, which includes the proper body positions you will need to get into during the application.
Cosmix Inc. is a makeup artistry school and FX makeup school in South Florida, offering hands-on makeup courses in production, fashion, and special FX makeup.