I’ve always been curious about “spray tans” but I never had the nerve to try one. Who hasn’t ventured into self tanner world, only to emerge looking like one of Willy Wonka’s Oompa-Loompas?
When I heard about Kelly Richardson’s business, Sonoma Tanning, and saw her lovely image gallery, I decided to rethink.
Just ten minutes with Kelly and I had a perfectly bronzed and natural tan that lasted just over a week. No orange, no streaking, no sun damage and just enough in the tan line department to make it look like I spent a week in Hawaii.
I’m now thinking of hosting a tanning party for my girlfriends. We could all emerge from Kelly’s black portable cabana with a suberb glow, without even breaking a sweat. Kelly says most brides get their tans two days before their weddings for the optimal glow.
Check out the pics of her work–so natural! Strapless gowns are no problem, either, as swimsuits are optional in the ultra-private cabana.
If you decide to try the self tanner route on your own, you should know about a South Seas product called Uh-Oh. It’s an uber exfoliator that sloughs away the streaks and mistakes we inevitably make when it’s a DIY tan.
Though I bet they have never met, I actually have both Kelly and makeup artist Corinna Cooke to thank for the best-looking tan of my life.
Corinna introduced me to the airbrush technique when she taught me and our publisher, Fran Samuel, about airbrush makeup (which rocks, btw). Sonoma Tanning’s technique is similar, although Kelly uses a much larger compressor for broader strokes with the tanning product, which is based on fruit, aloe and water.
Image courtesy of Kim and Niki Photography 2009.Share on Facebook