Sunkissed Airbrushing Tips


If tanning for a special event or occasion, we recommend scheduling your custom airbrush tan a day or two in advance. Our custom airbrush spray tan solution contains cosmetic bronzers that will give you an immediate natural looking color. However, the best spray tan develops post rinse, approximately 6-8 hours after application. We often suggest tanning the evening before an event and waiting until morning to rinse off the bronzing solution if possible.

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We can’t stress this enough. It’s extremely important to start with a fresh, clean layer of skin. Exfoliating will ensure a longer lasting, more even tan. Be sure to avoid oil based products, and focus on exfoliating rough body areas, like your knees and elbows. We also recommend avoiding Dove bar soap prior to tanning as it can leave a residue that prevents even application.


We recommend shaving or waxing at least 24-48 hours prior to getting your custom airbrushing tan. Shaving/waxing opens your pores, which we want closed before applying spray tan solution. Shaving or waxing too close to your tan can result in a “blotchy” or “spotty” pore look.


The day of your spray tan, avoid lotions, perfumes, or deodorants. Excess oils can prevent absorption during application. If tanning your face, you will also want to remove makeup (eye makeup is okay).


You can wear as much or as little as you like (yes, tanning nude is totally ok and many people do). Our salon features a private tanning area where you can feel comfortable undressing as much as you prefer. We’ve seen it all and our main concern is our clients having the best airbrush experience and, of course, leaving Sunkissed feeling like the beautiful people they are.

If you choose to wear anything during your spray just know overspray is expected on garments worn during airbrushing spray application. Bronzing additives usually wash out, but there is always a chance of staining. We also recommend wearing dark, loose fitting clothing after your tan to avoid any transfer of product.

After Tanning


You will be safe to dress immediately after your spray tan. It is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent rubbing, streaking, and uneven wear until after your first shower. Please be aware that the tanning solution contains a cosmetic bronzer that may transfer to your clothing. In most cases the cosmetic bronzer will not stain, however there is always a risk. This risk goes away after your first shower.


The longer you can wait to rinse off, the better your spray tan will develop. We recommend waiting 6-8 hrs (1-3 hrs if using the rapid development solution) before showering or getting wet for the best color. Sweating can also cause streaking in your initial bronze, so avoid the gym and other strenuous activity until after your first shower.


Use a gentle cleanser and avoid exfoliating until you are ready for your next tan. Exfoliating encourages skin renewal and should only be done pre-tan.


Hydrated skin will hold a spray tan longer. Moisturize twice daily with an alcohol free lotion. Lotions containing a small amount of DHA will help extend your tan an additional 3-5 days. 

We here at Sunkissed Tanning Salon just want our clients leaving our salon feeling even more beautiful than when they walked in! If you have any questions about custom airbrushing, please don’t hesitate to call us at (805) 332-3008. We have tanning packages for your convenience and cost savings!