So, you just got a spray tan and now your skin has a beautiful, sunny glow. But once you get home, you might start to wonder what you should do with your makeup. Can you wear makeup over a spray tan? How soon after your spray tan can you apply makeup? Should you apply your makeup differently over your spray tanned face? Well, we’re going to get to the bottom of those questions and give you some tips on how to best apply makeup over your lovely spray tan.
Let’s start with the basics. Yes, you can wear makeup over your spray tan! Wearing makeup over your spray tan can help you to enhance the appearance of your radiant skin and complete your overall look. However, because your skin will be more tanned than usual, you may need to proceed gently or alter a few things about your usual makeup regimen.
Applying liquid foundation or bb cream within the first 6 to 8 hours can make your developing tan blotchy. However, a dry powder foundation is fine. You don’t want to get your face wet at all within 6 to 8 hours minimum, which includes showering, as this will stop your tan from developing. If you’re extra worried about making sure your tan sets perfectly, you can even wait a few hours beyond this.
You always want your makeup to compliment the color of your tan rather than hide it, make it look too thick and cakey, or choose the wrong shade altogether. In fact, some people find that they no longer feel the need to wear foundation or a bb cream after tanning, and stick to other types of makeup such as eyeliner, mascara, and blush. However, this is a personal choice. At SprayLA, you can consult with your spray tan artist to get their professional opinion about how to best accentuate your unique look.
Foundation: It’s important to match your foundation to your new skin color. If you wear an expensive foundation, you may find that you want to buy a cheaper drugstore brand, since your spray tan is doing most of the work here. You can also mix your current foundation with a darker shade of foundation or bronzer.
Mascara and Eyeliner: A bold, dark mascara and eyeliner duo will create definition and make your look sharp and polished. Applying mascara to both your upper and lower lashes will make your eyes look bigger and more doe-like.
Lipstick: A nude lip in a peach, rose, or brown will blend in with your complexion and draw the attention to your skin while giving your face a smooth, sensual appearance.
Cheeks: Use soft shades on your cheeks (think peach or strawberry) as to not overpower your features but give them a gentle, feminine glow. A dark blush could draw the spotlight away from your skin and eye makeup, so be careful.
Eyeshadow: A little can go a long way. Emphasize your look with enchanting sparkly shades, neutrals, and nudes.
In conclusion, makeup over your gorgeous new tan is perfectly fine but you may not want to draw the attention away from your tan or look overdone, since the tan itself will be the star of the show on your skin. Happy tanning!