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Bronze Medal: Go For the Faux at Bella Airbrush Tanning Salon in SLC

{Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Elora Murray, Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine intern}

Hey, there! My name is Elora and I am an intern for this fabulous magazine. Oh, and I am also a bride-to-be. Lucky me!

The last guest post I wrote for this blog was all about wedding traditions. While that blog had me interviewing brides and planners about wedding traditions new and old, the research for today’s blog was more hands-on. See, I’m a winter bride and I wanted to know how a bride can get that beach babe glow in the dead of winter without the hazard of tanning beds or the hassle of messing self-tanning creams. My quest led to me to the perfect solution: airbrush tanning at Bella Airbrush Tanning Salon in Salt Lake City.

I went to Bella Airbrush a few weeks ago to experience a faux glow firsthand, and I was absolutely blown away with how amazing my tan turned out! I’m sure many of you brides-to-be (and bridesmaids!) have wondered how you can get a bronze glow before your big day, too, so I’m here to share my experience with you and shed some light on airbrush tanning.

After doing some research on the Bella Airbrush website, I made an appointment online. (You can call, too.) Then I picked the tan I wanted. The options include a simple face tan, a half body tan, a full body tan, and if you want to get really fancy you can try the contour tan, which highlights your muscles and makes you look like a lean, mean bronze machine. (Maybe it’s better to leave that option to the boys.) For brides, I would recommend the full body tan. I wanted my faux glow for my engagement photos, and all I needed was a light sun-kissed glow.

After you choose your tan, the lovely employees at Bella email you instructions on what you need to do the day before your airbrush appointment to prepare and help extend the life of your tan.

The instructions are pretty simple: First, you need to exfoliate your body really well, and use a washcloth to get all that dry skin off. Second, after exfoliating make sure you soak in a warm bath for 20 minutes. Third, shave your legs. And fourth, use a LOT of lotion. (The more you moisturize the longer your tan will last. I basically bathed in lotion, but my my tan stayed strong for more than a week!)

The next day I went to the salon, where the owner, Amanda Guest, greeted me as if I was an old friend. Then she took me back to the “airbrush room.” Some people go topless for their airbrush session, but I was more comfortable wearing undergarments. After I was situated and comfortable, Guest came into the room and mixed up a perfect air-brush color for my skin tone. She asked me what color my wedding dress was–I told her blush, and she chose a tan that would work well with my coloring and that of my dress.

For brides, Guests suggests using a clear toner rather than a bronze toner. Both will make you tan, but the clear toner will give you more of a glow. She also suggests bringing your groom in for an appointment. After all, on the day of your wedding, you don’t want your groom looking like a ghost next to your radiant self.

After finding the perfect color for me, Guest sprayed away! Unlike those awkward spray tan machines, Guest sprayed everywhere and evenly so the resulting color looked like an actual tan. The airbrush process did not take very long, maybe 15-20 minutes. After, I dried myself off with a blow dryer and I was on my way. Guest recommended I act like the Wicked Witch of the West and steer clear of water (showers, baths, swimming) for at least 8 hours.

After leaving my appointment, it took a couple of hours for the tan to fully show up, but when it did…WOW. I loved it! I got comments from friends like,  “Your skin looks nice and tan.” “Have you been laying out?” “Your tan looks really good…what have you been doing?” And who doesn’t love compliments?

From my airbrush tanning experience, I can tell all you brides that it’s totally worth it. I will definitely be going back before my wedding day!

For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Bella Airbrush website. Pricing and descriptions can be found online.

–Bella Airbrush Tanning Salon, 1140 East Brickyard Road, #74, SLC, 801-265-8266)