How to nail your winter wedding spray tan

Less oompa loompa, more natural-looking glow

Summer might well be long gone but that doesn’t mean to say that brides heading down the aisle during the festive season don’t still want that gorgeous healthy glow on their big day.

It’s tempting to go all-out in the tanning department to achieve this, but one should err on the side of caution during the milder seasons, because let’s face it, unless you’re getting married in the Bahamas, it can look a bit much.

To help you on your way, we asked celebrity tanner Nicola Byrne-Fegan for her expert tips on picking the perfect shade for the cooler months.

Having worked in the tanning industry for over a number of years, and performing LIVE demo’s at Beauty Shows, she knows a thing or two about best practices on what is probably going to be one of the most important days of your life.


“If you’re marrying in the Ireland in autumn/winter the light is completely different due to the position of the sun in the sky,” she says. “Therefore I recommend going for a slightly lighter hue. With any tan, a trial is important so that your Spray Tan Technician can work out how your skin reacts to what they intend putting on your skin,” she said.

Bellamianta’s shade is ideal for this type of skin finishing – a lighter shade choice means the tan will even out skin tone without taking it too dark. The ultra-smart hydration system ensures that while this spray formula tan is quick drying, the light formulas are still working to hydrate the skin and provide an even coverage. Containing one of the highest, premium grade DHA’s, so the formulas are bursting with natural fruit extracts, such as Mango, Papaya and Goji Berry, which work with the skins natural melanin to provide our signature golden tone.


Nicola usually advises her bridal clients to follow specific instructions in the lead-up to a winter wedding spray tan too, by way of lots of hydration and moisturising.

“I recommend drinking plenty of water prior to the spray tan – we want that end result to be glowy, and hydrated on the skin. Moisturising is a geat way to keep your skin super hydrated to stop the spray tan breaking down on the skin during the fade.

“If I am applying tan to my clients in the colder months, I tell them to moisturise their body eight hours prior to the treatment so skin is soft and hydrated”.

Nicola also suggests you use your tan as a base to add a dewy finish to.

“Autumn/winter skin is all about texture (whereas spring/summer is more about shade and contour) – tan is an incredible base for playing around with texture on top,” she says. “So glossy, glowy, balmy skin is where I would take a winter bridal look.”

“And I would always spray tan the face a shade lighter or a spray or two less than the body in winter to give it that natural looking finish.”


Whatever the season, Nicola has three golden rules for a wedding spray tan:

1. Always tan three days before the event so that it has well and truly settled into the skin – doing so will also mean you avoid the risk of staining your wedding dress.

2. Have a pre-wedding trial for your hen do or hen party is the perfect time to do this.

3. Remember, this isn’t just about you:

“When I’m working with a bridal client, whatever the season, my first piece of resonating advice is ‘think of your entire bridal party – sadly this day isn’t just about you. It’s about your other half, your bridesmaids, your mother – the lot.’

“Think of your final shade choice as a tone that needs to complement others around you – book a bridal package with your spray tan artist and ensure anyone who wants a glow is having the same type of glow as you.”

Take note, brides.