How to Make Your Spray Tan Last Your Whole Holiday

There are more spray tan horror stories then there are actual horror stories. The concept seems so simple, yet they have the potential to go so wrong.

A patchy tan is one of the biggest fake tan disasters waiting to happen. If you’re not aware of how to prevent it, chances are you’ll become its victim. So, to aid you in fake tanning success, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make your tan last the distance.

Here’s how to avoid a spray tan nightmare, and make it last the test of time…


In the lead up to your big appointment, plan your hair removal schedule. Shaving or waxing just before your tan can result in a patchy job, due to hair removal tearing away the first layer of skin. If you wax, do it 48 hours before treatment. If you shave, do it 24 hours before. No excuses.

You’ll also need to exfoliate your skin. Do this with an oil-free body scrub and up the ante with a pair of exfoliating gloves or a brush.

Top tip: take a shower before you tan to wash away any excess lotions and remove any sweat that might react with the tan.

On the day

Avoid putting on any makeup, deodorant or lotions as it’s best to be totally fresh when having fake tan applied. Also avoid wearing any jewellery as you don’t want it interfering with (or getting covered by!) your spray tan. Another handy hint is to wear baggy clothes to your treatment as tight clothes will ruin your tan.

Straight after

Make sure your spray tan artist dries you using the spray tan gun, with no mist coming out of it to speed up the drying process. Another important rule is not to get wet during the tan’s development time – no exercise, no running around in the rain, and nothing that will make you sweat. Also, stay away from perfume or deodorant while your tan sets to avoid a streaky mess.

The following day

Keep your skin hydrated at all times with a lightweight body lotion. A patchy tan is the result of skin drying out so avoid this at all costs!

NZFW 2018 Brings the Best With Superstar Lineup

New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) 2018 is armed with a star-studded lineup. Some big names and exciting new additions have been announced, as part of the trade week schedule.

There’s something very exciting about getting a bunch of New Zealand’s fashion best and bringing them all together for one week of magnificent showcases. New Zealand Fashion Week consistently presents a plethora of talented fashionistas, this year being no exception.

Turet Knuefermann was announced last week as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer’ for 2018, joining a distinguished group of local designers to receive this esteemed accolade. This prestigious award means the designer gets to open the week, kicking off the series of shows.

Local fashion royalty, Trelise Cooper, is set to deliver yet another extravaganza, presenting two back to back on-site shows, while longstanding NZFW alumni Hailwood joins the schedule, in addition to leading footwear label Kathryn Wilson, which coincidentally celebrates the amazing milestone of 15 years in business this year. Reaffirming its role as a launching pad for new brands, NZFW will host the global launch of the Edmund Hillary Collection – a new clothing label from the Hillary family.

And to close the celebrations the well-loved streetwear label, Huffer, will present another signature off-site show. In other exciting off-site news, NZFW’s schedule will include a series of exciting off-site activations over the course of the week featuring leading brands like Georgia Alice.

The full line up of trade week designers will be announced in the coming weeks, but with such a stellar list of names already confirmed – NZFW 2018 will certainly be one of the best yet.

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