Best Spray Tan For Pale Skin

What Is The Best Spray Tan For Pale Skin?

The invite’s in, you’ve got your dress, your makeup booked and now your looking at your pale pins next to the colour of your new dress but somethings just not right!

You’ve guessed it, you need a spray tan booked pronto!

best tan for light pale skin

What spray tan can do for you

Complete’s an outfit: A tan can lift the colour of your outfit. Some colours just don’t look right without a tan e.g pastels, metallic or white

Creates an even skin tone: Just like makeup, tan evens out blotchy or patchy reddened skin

Like Makeup for the skin: Helps conceal varicose veins, blemishes, bruises and cellulite

Slims and tones the body: Have you ever heard the phrase “If you can’t tone it, tan it!”. Skin that’s darker allows less light to bounce off the body, which allows the body to look less round. Dark skin also defines the muscles by creating the illusion of shadow where the muscle begins.

What is the best spray tan brand for pale skin

At a salon, you can usually pick from a range of shades which usually include light, medium or dark. However, this doesn’t mean that every brand is going to suit your skin tone. 

For example, in our spray tan studio, we have 3 brands that we use, but there is one particular brand that we would never give to a pale skinned individual as it would be too dark for them.

Gold, caramel or olive based tans are best for very pale individuals, and it’s best to pick the lighter shade on your first time at any salon.

Our advice for pale spray tan newbies

  • Pick a gold, caramel or olive based tan 
  • Don’t pick a red based tan
  • Book a trial visit and pick the lightest shade and work up from there
  • * Check out our recommended caramel/olive based tan*: Click here
  • * Check out our recommended olive/gold based tan*: Click here
  • Check out our tips and advice on preparing: Click here



Benefits of a Spray Tan

When it comes to spray tanning, some of you would recoil in fear at the thought. Fears of being bright orange, sticky, streaky and quite frankly oompaloomapish is a stigma that is still stuck to the “spray tan”. However, let us tell you with confidence that spray tans are no longer orange, biscuit smelling or sticky, in fact, they are now golden brown, scentless skin tints that take you from a 5 to a solid 10 in 30 minutes. 

Benefit of a spray tan

Brown is best

Let’s face it, we do spray tanning because we know we look our best brown! Now you don’t need the brownest tan to benefit from a spray tan, sometimes just a subtle holiday glow is all you need to lift your mood.

The colour of your clothes, nails and eyes pop with a spray tan and your body looks more toned instantly. Now that’s a big benefit, who wouldn’t want to loose 10 pounds in 30 minutes?

Skin Safety

There’s big talk about the use of sunbeds and although it is a benefit to get a natural tan and get Vitamin D along the way, but you can get Vitamin D from supplements, so it’s not really worth jeprodising your health is it? Skin ageing is another worry. Overuse of sunbed means, UV rays damage the elasticity and collagen producing enzymes in your skin, making it sag.

Another benefit to spray tanning instead of using sunbeds is the cost. It would probably cost just the same to obtain a tan at the sunbeds, when you could just pay for a spray tan and have that colour instantly without the damage!

Photography and Fitness

Our customers see a benefit from spray tanning when they do fitness competition and photoshoots. This is because when your skin is darker, it creates shadows in your muscle tone, making them appear deeper giving you extra definition in your abs, arms and legs.


6 Reasons Why Your Lash Lifts Don’t Work

Lash lifting has been and continues to be one of the most popular treatments of 2018 and 2019, and a profitable one at that. But when it comes to the LVL lash lift, we have heard first hand that many lash technicians have mixed results.

As a professional lash therapist, you don’t want any disappointing feedback associated with your beauty salon, and no doubt because you care so much, you’ll find it frustrating that they aren’t perfect every time.

Your a perfectionist, and that’s why your clients love what you do, so take a read and from our research you will hopefully find out how to make every lash lift a dramatic transformation for your client.

The Stretch 

Getting a good stretch on your clients eyelashes onto the silicon pad is a very important aspect of the lash lift treatment.

Some lash lift kits come with cotton swabs, but the best and only tool for the job is a metal hook tool (See below article). Compared to plastic disposables, this tool is hard enough to push the lashes up and separate them evenly.

If the lashes are not fully pushed up and separated, the lashes will stay like that after the treatment which will be one big headache!

  • Ditch the plastic disposables
  • Use a stainless steel tool (Hard enough to push the lashes up and separate them)
  • Some metal tools even have ridges on them now to separate the lashes better

Good Brand, Better Results 

This ones a no brainer. It’s a bigger outlay, but you’ll reap the benefits in the future with repeat business and word of mouth. Not only will the product be more effective, the tools that come along with the kit will make your life easier which can only give you more time to perfect your clients lashes.

For Example, our beauty salon’s lash technician couldn’t believe how easy using Elleebana was after switching from a salon trade product. With the Elleebana kit, it is more expensive, but she found that the the silicone rods were more malleable making her job 10 times easier and quicker because the rods adapted to different eye shapes better. Something else she noted was that the glue was of better quality which means the lashes are stuck down and didn’t ping back up.

  • Better glue means the lashes will stick better
  • Better silicone rods are more flexible making rods adapt to different eye shapes better

Your product has oxidized

This is probably the most common, but unknown reason why your salon’s lash lift results are mixed. Some clients are getting fantastic results, and some are insisting on coming back the next day to have them re-done due to disappointing results.

A beauty therapist we knew was doing a profitable 12 lash lifts a day for her clients, and the majority of them were over the moon with the results, but she was frustrated that not everyone gave good feedback, and it resulted in her doing double the work fixing those clients! She then realised that her product was going off, and here’s how.

How could it be that your only half way through your bottle of lifting serum, but your getting poor results? I mean it’s not as if you’ve got to the point of scraping blue and pink gunge off the bottom with a swizzle stick! It’s because every time you opened that bottle, it was getting exposed to the air, and after you’ve opened that 12 times a day for 1 minute while applying to the lashes, you’ve let that product oxidize for an entire 12 minutes a day! It only takes an hour for that bottle to get entirely oxidized! So this meant that she only had to work 5 days a week doing 12 clients for her bottle of lash lift solution to loose it’s strength, which therefore meant disappointing results!

  • Lash lift products oxidise while you work with the bottle open and GO OFF!
  • Buy sachets that are sealed rather than bottles
  • If you really don’t want to waste that product left in the sachet, offer a two for one lash lift deal and get a colleague to work at the same time with you doing one client each

Timing is everything

Assessing the client’s eyelash hair type is very important to the LVL lash lift result and the overall health of the clients lashes. If the hair is coarse, the solution might have to be left on for longer to get a good lift. Left on too long and you could damage your client lashes, making them brittle and unsuitable for her next lash lift treatment.

Always use a timer on your phone or watch to know when to take it off, and make sure you or your salon’s therapist isn’t distracted taking phone calls as well. Every lash lift kit will have different instructions on timings, so make sure to have a read over before switching products.

  • Assess thickness of clients lashes
  • Thin lashes need less time
  • Put a timer on you watch or phone in case you damage clients lashes to avoid the “Frazzled” look

Clean Canvas

If you were to put water over painted paper, would it go through the paper? No it wouldn’t, so why would lashes with mascara and other oils absorb the perming solution. When you have a barrier such as mascara, dirt, dust or oils, it’s going to stop the lash lift solution from absorbing properly which results in poor lifts.

Even if your client claims to have no makeup on, you should still give her lashes a wipe over with a non oil based makeup remover. Oil’s from the face can go onto the lashes, so wipe down with a remover preferably from a lash lifting kit then you will be 100% sure it won’t affect the treatment.

  • Ask your clients to not come in with makeup on their lashes if possible
  • Use an oil free cleanser to rid of makeup
  • If the mascara is stubborn, use an oil to take the mascara off, then cleanse thoroughly to get the oil off

Wrong rod = bad lift

Rods come in different sizes, therefore the trickiest part of this treatment is decided the rod size as this can really affect the lift results. Your training should of covered this, but the instructions in your lash lift kit will probably describe this in more detail.


How to tell your make-up artist what you want

Make-up Artist in Glasgow

What do you associate “make-up in Glasgow” with? Glasgow people would describe us as a culture that transforms from the ‘little effort as possible look’ when we trudge to work in wet weather, to a jaw dropping full glam look if were heading out in town. 

The question is, do all Glasgow woman revel in strobe like highlighter and cut creases? The answer is probably yes and that’s great, but there are more make-up looks out there that Glasgow woman like, so if your stuck on what to ask your MUA for, take a look at our Make-up guide.


Full Glam 

This look would be considered ‘full glam’. Heavy contouring, eye-catching highlighter, heavy eye-make-up or lip colour with thick liner, heavily defined and elongated brows and almost always lashes are added for complete look.


Soft Glam

Think Rihanna, Kim Kardashian or Irina Shayk. The soft glam look is basically a make-up look that emphasizes your natural beauty, but being a bit “extra” too. This type of makeup style usually includes a nude or nude brown lip which can be matte or gloss. Flawless face makeup with contouring. Although the contour is apparent, it is blended so well that it almost looks like those cheek bones are actually yours. Highlighter can be included, but shouldn’t be heavy. Eye makeup is usually consists of browns, creams, bronzes, warm pinks, peaches or oranges. Liner shouldn’t be as heavy, lashes can be added and brows should be defined yet fluffy to give a more natural look.

Pin-up or Retro 

Pin-up or the retro look can be kept classic, or it can be modernised mattes lipstick or highlighter. With the pin up look, traditionally the paler you skin is, the better, but you don’t actually have to have pale skin for this look, it can look just as good with a bit of bronzer! Flawless, doll like complexion is a must have, along with eyeliner, long lashes, bold coloured lips and perhaps a beauty spot for the ultimate Munroe look.

When To Shower After a Spray Tan

Are you wondering when to shower after a spray tan? Does your colour guide look too dark and your panicking that your going to turn out THAT ACTUAL COLOUR!

To answer that question, it really depends on the type of spray tan you had applied. By what type of spray tan, we mean the brand and wither or not it was a standard ‘9 hour development tan’, or the latest innovation in spray tanning, the ‘express tan’.

9 Hour Development Spray Tan 

This is the standard spray tan that you will be used to receiving at your local spray tan salon. It usually takes 9 hours to development to the shade you chose, but some take 12 hours. The salon you had your spray tan applied in will probably let you know how long you are to leave your colour guide on. The colour guide is the brown spray that is left on your skin after the tan has been applied.

In this development time you are responsible for making sure you don’t damage the colour guide till it’s time to shower. That means no washing your hands, spilling drinks or going to the gym. If you do damage the colour guide you might risk the tan looking uneven. For example, if you spill some water on your arm, the colour guide will wash off that area causing it to not develop as much as the rest of the body.

Once your 9 hours is up, you can wash your colour guide off in the shower. Wash your tan off with pure water in the shower, which means no soap or shampoo. If you are looking at your spray tan, and you think – “my word this is really bloody brown”, don’t worry, it’s just a colour guide so your therapist doesn’t miss a bit. You’ll end up just as brown as what you asked for. If however your really worried about it developing too dark, just wash it off in half the time and you’ll be half as brown!

Express, 1 Hour or Rapid Spray Tan

The Express, 1 hour or rapid spray tan, are all the same thing. Basically these tans get to work faster, meaning you can shower them off before you go out or go to bed. This is rather convenient when life is busy, or your asked to come in for a shift at work!

It works like this: 1 hour for light, 2 hours for medium, 3 hours for dark or keep going for even darker.

Once you wash this type of spray tan off, you will be brown but you’ll be even browner the next day. The thing is, even though your able to wash it off, it still takes 9 hours to develop into the shade you wanted.

Don’t damage your tan till you wash it off, and try to wear loose clothing after you’ve washed it off as well. That means no jeans, leggings or tight bras. Avoid perfume on bare skin till the next day.



Halloween Inspo

It’s that time again! It’s Halloween 2018, you’ve probably got your spray tan booked, but what are you going to wear over it! I’ve been looking for Halloween outfit inspiration for weeks, so I might as well share my efforts with you guys! Here’s some fairly simple outfits for you or your girls that I found! Some are easy, some may require a bit more effort!

Australian Gold Spray Tan Review

Australian Gold spray tan is one of the most popular and well known spray tan solutions in the world because it it’s natural, golden tones. 

Australian gold gets it’s name from it’s striking resemblance to a natural, golden Australian tan without the skin damage. Here’s just some of the benefits to the Australian Gold spray tan:

  • Natural, golden brown colour
  • Absolutely no orange tones
  • Even and streak free
  • Drip-free mist
  • Dries almost instantly
  • Alcohol free (Non-drying on the skin)
  • One of the few Organic property spray tans available
  • Invigorating citrus scent
  • Comes in a range of shades from light up to extra dark
  • Highly moisturising ingredients including Aloe Vera
  • Enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamins A, E & C

How dark is the Australian Gold spray tan?

Any shade of colour can be achieved with Australian Gold spray tanning. From light, medium, medium to dark, dark to extra dark, discuss your preferred shade with your Australian Gold spray tan therapist.

The importance of a non alcohol based spray tan

Australian Gold spray tans, along with a few other premium brands don’t have any alcohol in their ingredients list. This is very important as alcohol dries the skin, leading to cracked, scaly looking spray tans. An alcohol free spray tan such as Australian Gold allows your skin to remain moisturised and even more so with it’s highly potent Aloe Vera ingredients too.

How is Australian Gold Spray Tan Applied?

Australian Gold spray tan is applied just like other spray tans, using an airbrush gun by a spray tan therapist. At our spray tan studio, we manually spray tan our clients in our drying booth. This means that your skin will feel and look instantly dry after  your therapist has finished the treatment.

Chrome Nails

Silver Chrome
Silver Shellac With One Holographic Chrome Accent Nail

Chrome nails, mirror nails, metallic nails or rainbow nails, whatever you want to call them, chromed claws are taking over nail salons in Glasgow right now! This professional nail powder can can be applied over acrylics or Shellac giving you super shiny metallic nails  that impress.

Can chrome nails be applied over any colour?

Chrome nails can be applied over any colour and will have a similar hue to the chosen colour placed underneath it. For instance, if your Shellac is pink and chrome powder is applied over it, the chrome will have pinkish hues.

Can chrome nails be applied over normal nail varnish?

red chrome nailsUnfortunately chrome nail powder can’t be applied over normal nail varnish, only over Shellac or other similar gel polishes. This is because the chrome powder can only stay on the sticky layer Shellac creates after curing in the lamp.

Do chrome nails last as long as ordinary nails?

Thankfully there is absolutely no difference in the lasting power of chrome nails and normal Shellac nails.




Can I wear Jeans after a spray tan?

The answer is yes, if you want lighter legs and a seam line on your inner thigh and ankle!

Leggings, jeans and any tight fitting clothes after a spray tan is completely taboo! This is because tight clothes are hard to get on which results in your spray tan getting rubbed of before you even get them off!

Once you finally get your legs into them, you’ll be wearing them either all day or till you get home which means that every moment you move the tan is slowly rubbing off while making your legs lighter than the rest of your body the next day. The seam line going up the inner thigh on leggings and jeans will be rubbing against your spray tan and will cause a darker line there.

  • Leggings, jeans, tights and anything tight is taboo
  • Items that go over your head but have now ripped off part of your tan – taboo!
  • Tan will get sucked in by tight clothing making your legs lighter 
  • Tan will rub off on the seam line of your jeans and make that white or darker!

So how did I prove this theory? 

It’s common knowledge that tight clothing shouldn’t be worn after tanning, but I wanted to find out for myself. I put on a dark spray tan and after application I put on a pair of slightly lose cut off jeans. After the 9 hour development time I washed off the colour guide and saw that half my leg was tanned and the other half was lighter where the jeans had been off. See for yourself in the picture below!

What can I do now?

  • Take the jeans off immediately when you get home
  • I’m sure most therapists would be willing to fix it the next day for you
  • Don’t panic, most of the time it turns out fine, but a little bit of makeup mixed with moistuiser will make the skin colour more even!

So what do I wear after a spray tanning session?

On the bottom:

Loose joggy bottoms, harrem pants, slouch pants, loose shorts or maxi skirts.

On the top:

no strappy tank tops! Where a loose fitting t-shirt that’s easy to get into after your spray tanning session. If in doubt, try it on before you arrive to see how easy it is.