One question I get asked a lot by other artists is WHEN to apply contouring – before or after a spray tan?
Both options will get the job done, but it’s really the artist’s preference which method they prefer.
Here’s why I prefer to contour my clients AFTER I apply their base tan:
- IT’S EASIER: Tanned skin makes the client’s natural definition more prominent, and easier for me to see.
- FREEDOM: After a few minutes, I like to see how the base tan’s tanning solution is developing, and then I add in extra contours here and there, to areas that might go unnoticed if I’m too focused on making the tan as even and smooth as possible. It gives me the freedom to set aside the rules of base tanning, and focus on the ENHANCING.
- QUALITY CONTROL: Although a base tan is always custom, it can become more routine than the contouring (and usually more artistic) portion of the tan, just due to volume. Applying contouring AFTER the base tan allows me to do yet one more once-over of my own work, to make sure it is absolutely PERFECT.
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