Let’s face it; we can’t live without makeup.
Even after spending valuable time to get that glowed skin, our mind will be thinking one thing: Can you put makeup on after a spray tan?
To be honest, it’s not a simple question to answer.
Nobody will stop you from wearing makeup after the spray tanning session. But you need to be very careful.
If you make a mistake, you will ruin the spray tan on your face and will end up with a blotchy tan.
Well, there are certain dos and don’t when it come to spray tanning and makeups. We will explore them in this article to give you a better picture.
Before that, let us see why you should be concerned about makeup after spray tanning.
Makeup and Spray Tanning: What’s the Relation?
For all of us who were brought up in this society and especially women, makeup plays an important role in giving definition to one’s appearance. You can’t disagree with the fact that makeup does matter and play a great role in one’s appearance.
Considering the logical fact that our appearance is the first impression before anything we do or say, makeup is the real game changer to control this impression.
Again, it is a proven psychological fact that one’s appearance and perception of themselves have a great effect on one’s confidence. The better you think you look, the more confident you are in your public dealings. Guess what makes you look better?
But what is that make you think about putting makeup over your spray tan?
Let’s see the reasons :
Makeup means you are applying something external over your face to appeal well. That ‘something’ may be a foundation, lipstick, eyeliner etc.
But the thing about spray tan is that it takes time to develop. You need to give it at least 6 hours to get the tan to develop properly. Anything you do over the tan can hamper the proper development of tan.
What if you apply wet makeups? Water/fluid and spray tan don’t go hand in hand. The combination will result in damaging your spray tan. Ultimately you will neither get a stylish makeup nor an amazing tanned skin.
Can I Wear Makeup to Spray Tanning?
No, you can’t wear make while going for a spray tanning session.
I have already mentioned why one should avoid wearing makeups while going for spray tanning in my article on pre-spray tan tips. Wearing makeups will prevent the proper absorption of spray tan solution on your skin. What’s the end result? You will end up with an uneven tan.
In some extreme cases, the spray tan and makeup can react and you might end up with a scary face.
So, never wear makeup to spray tanning salon.
We normally advise our readers to exfoliate properly and take a bath on the morning of the spray tan appointment. You should ensure that you remove all the makeup from your face and body at this time. We don’t recommend you to wear any makeup afterward.
Well, most of the salons will provide makeup wipes to clean your face. You can also have some of them at your disposal if you are a regular spray tanner.
Neutrogena twin pack oil-free cleansing wipes is one of the best-rated makeup removal wipes you can use. It is a natural product- derived from grapefruit extract and you will find it very easy to use it to remove the pore-clogging dirt on your face.
Can You put on Makeup after a Spray Tan?
I’ve had many people ask me this question and all I say every time is, “it depends”.
Talking about the face specifically, it normally is the first part of your body which shows off your tan. Spray tanning is a complicated process of controlling the melanin on your skin, which again is a great factor for your appearance.
There are certain factors you should consider before putting makeup over your spray tan.
1. Know that you cannot wash your face immediately
Spray tanning itself is a kind of makeup, except that it doesn’t go on your face only but the whole body.
It is important to remember that the chemicals used in the spray tanning process take time to set in and produce the chocolaty glow. During this time you cannot wash your face.
What does that mean?
It means you can’t choose a makeup that requires washing your face before the first shower after the spray tan. You will have to wait for at least 6-8 hours to remove the makeups.
2. Know the difference between liquid and powdered makeup
Makeups are available in two different forms – liquid and powder.
Most of us normally use liquid makeups because they’re easy to apply, retainable and easy to wash off but you need to let that go for now. Applying liquid makeup on a fresh spray tan will cause blotches on the tan that will look like ugly patches of rough skin. This is because liquid make-ups disturb the composition of chemicals in the spray tan solution.
So, if you’re very beauty conscious and can’t live without makeup, just use powdered makeups instead.
3. Wait for at least 60 minutes before applying full makeup
If you’re in a hurry to have the liberty to apply any kind of makeup, I’d suggest you wait. Wait for at least 30-60 minutes before applying liquid products at least.
This gap of wait will allow the tanning solution to set in properly and prevent any blotching. Moreover, some people with sensitive skins have also reported opening ways for acne and other skin problems after using makeup over a spray tan.
So, it will be best for you to wait for at least 60 and ideally a good 120 minutes before messing with it.
The way you take care of spray tan defines the development of spray tan. You can read more about spray tan aftercare here.
Makeups to Wear and not to Wear After Spray Tanning
What to wear to a spray tanning session is one of the most important things you need to focus on. Now that you understood you can wear makeup after a spray tanning session, let us see what are the makeups you can use.
What Types of Foundations to use
For foundations, you should not use liquid foundations. I believe the reasons I have mentioned above is more than enough to justify it. Always make it a practice to use powdered foundations after the spray tanning session.
You don’t have to worry about wearing lipstick after the tanning session. Nobody applies spray tan on our lips and hence there is nothing much to worry while using lipstick.
But there is one thing you should take care of.
While applying the lipstick or lip balm, you should make it sure that it doesn’t affect the spray applied on your face. Extra care should be given in proper application of the lipstick as a simple mistake might cost damaging the spray tan covering.
Eyeliners, Mascara, and Eyeshadows
If you have a good hand, there is no harm in wearing eye makeups after you spray tan. You can use light eyeliners.
You don’t tan your eyeliners and yes, using mascara will never be a worry. Make sure that you don’t touch other parts of your face while using mascara. The same goes for eyeshadows too.
Tan Vogue Makeup Suggestions
This is a moisturizing lipstick that comes with a package of 16 fashionable colors. Rated as one of the best in the market by happy customers, it is very natural and healthy too.
This is an amazing loose mineral foundation from Neutrogena. This lightweight foundation is clinically proven for sensitive skins and provides flawless even cover. The product is naturally derived minerals, plus vitamins A, C, & E to promote skin health. You will love wearing it over your tanned skin. Yeah, it is available in 8 different shades.
Coming from Lovoir, this liquid eyeliner is one of the best you can get. This is one of the best selling eyeliners in Amazon. You can grab it for giving a final touch to your face after tanning.
Following the expert tips always keeps you one step closer to the perfect results. When it comes to spray tanning, you have to be very careful as your mistakes might have a negative impact.
Makeup is no doubt a serious part of one’s persona, especially females. On the other hand, spray tanning is also a form of makeup which gives your skin a natural tone instead of something that you can wash away at night.
Mixing and matching both sounds like a very good idea but unlike makeup, you can’t wash your spray tan off if something goes wrong with it. Knowing how and when to use the makeup will always come in handy if you are a regular tanner and make-up freak.
We have gathered all the information related to makeup and spray tanning in this article. We really hope it has been a very good read for you. Tan Vogue’s spray tanning tips is your next destination if you want to learn more.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing that smile on your face after having a wonderful tanning session.
My name is Stella Cristin, the owner of Tan Vogue. I am in love with beauty and health products. My great passion is to help people learn about tanning. Read More
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