Indoor tanning is very popular these days, with tanning salons springing up all over.
But should you use them before your senior pictures?
In general, I’d say no.
First of all, overly tanned faces tend to look oily and unnatural in photographs. Tans tend to come our darker in pictures than they appear to the human eye, so you’ll end up looking very unnatural (not to mention the fact that indoor tanning is TERRIBLE for your skin, and frequently leads to skin cancer later in life – I know, I’ve had two bouts of it, and you don’t want to mess with it.)
Spray tans are no better. You’ll look orange. And Fake
And laying out in the sun will leave you with tan lines, which will look awful, and require a lot of retouching, which will probably cost you more.
Natural is always best. Mother nature doesn’t make mistakes in combining hair, skin and eye color.
If you think you need some color, use some skillfully applied bronzer or makeup. Most girls will wear some makeup, but don’t overdo that either because the camera captures everything, and your overly done blue eye shadow will look like a neon sign. (I’ve actually had that happen)
If you think you need color, and you don’t know how to make that happen in a way that will make you look your best, find a local Mary Kay consultant. Not only can they teach you how to take care of your skin so you’ll still look 17 when you’re 60, most of them are very good at teaching you how to use makeup to make you look your best. And they’ll do it for free – they call it a facial.