FAQ - Tans
What tanning products does MM use?
I use Naked Tan and Bella Bronze tanning products. The choice is yours! If you aren't sure what you'd like, I'll work with you to pick the most suitable brand and shade.
How long do MM tans typically last for?
If cared for correctly, your tan can last anywhere up to 7-10 days. Everyone is different though, and it does depend on your skin type and lifestyle.
How long do I have to leave my tan on before rinsing?
Naked Tan solutions are 2-hour – this means you can shower in 2 hours after your tan has been applied. Naked Tan solutions will stop developing at 4 hours, which means if you’re a little late to wash your tan off, you can still wash it off after 4 hours without affecting the final tan result. It also means that leaving your tan on longer won't make it any darker...it will just be harder to remove in a week or so!
Bella Bronze tans, on the other hand, have adjustable wear times. So, depending on your desired end result, I'll work with you to decide the best time to wash your tan off. This can be anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours or even overnight.
How does a tan work?
A spray tan works using an ingredient called DHA, which reacts with the melanin in your skin to create an artificial tan. The melanin level in your skin is ultimately what will influence the final outcome of your tan – so getting the same shade tan as your friend will not give you the same result.
That's why I take the time to analyse your skin and your lifestyle to select the perfect tan solution for you.
I've never tanned before - will I go orange?
Absolutely not - my tan solutions are a range of ash, green and violet bases, so none of these will throw orange on your skin. I'll assess your skin before we get started to make sure we're picking the solution that will work best with your skin tone.
Do I have to get naked?
Nope - you can wear as much or as little as you like - whether that's briefs, a g-string, a strapless bra, nipple covers, it's totally up to you. Bear in mind, whatever you wear for your tan will leave tan lines.
How do I prepare for a tan?
In the week leading up to your tan, moisturise like a crazy person and drink plenty of water! Hydrated and nourished skin is a spray tan's best friend.
24 hours beforehand, give your skin a good, gentle exfoliation with a scrub and/or exfoliating gloves.
On the day, please come to your tan free of any products that will create a barrier between the tan and your skin - deodorant, perfume, moisturiser and makeup all create barriers.
What do I do after my tan?
Pop on some loose, cotton clothing, stay cool and avoid moisture - sweating, hand washing and playing in the rain are off the cards!
When it's time to rinse off, stand under a warm shower and rinse (no soaps or scrubbing) until the water runs clear.
Avoid showering and wearing tight clothing (particularly any fabrics containing lycra) for the next 24 hours while your tan develops.
Is my tan instant?
You may see some colour start to develop as soon as you wash your tan off, but in most cases, you'll be back to your normal skin tone. Then, over the next 24 hours, the colour will continue to develop.
Can I go swimming with a spray tan?
Swimming at the beach or in a swimming pool may strip your tan, as salt water and chlorine can remove the top layer of your skin. If you're going to be swimming, I recommend using the Naked Tan Goddess Gradual Tan moisturiser at night after you've showered, to maintain your glow.
What's the best way to get in touch with Mirror Mirror?
I am so insanely lucky to be entrusted with a LOT of weddings and clients' beauty needs, and this means that while my brides and clients are receiving my undivided attention (just as you will during any time we have together), my phone will be on silent.
In some instances, I may be able to shoot you a quick text message if I'm unable to take your call, and this is often a quicker way for me to communicate with you.
I've also compiled HEAPS of info online to answer all your questions, and my website is designed to be able to take care of you in just about any situation, so the website should definitely be your first point of reference - in most cases if I'm in with a client, I'll direct you to the website anyway.
If you can't find answers online, you can request a callback or book a time to pop in for a chat here.