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It’s still pretty cold out, but this is the time to work on getting ready for those hot summer days: hit the gym, the tanning salon, and try some fun new trends. The last blog introduced you to contouring with makeup, after establishing a beautiful foundation with a glowing tan. This blog takes contouring that foundation one step further: body contouring. Just like contouring with makeup, body contouring highlights the areas you want to show off and helps to downplay those areas we all prefer to ignore (ahem, cellulite). They say (you know, the experts) body contouring is the next big trend. We decided to see how it works and let you in on your choices if experimenting with contouring sounds like a fun way to pass the winter days.

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Your winter look perked up quite a bit with that new hair and that new tan, right? But your makeup might need a color switch. You’ll probably invest in some new foundation at the very least. Don’t throw out your old color just yet, especially if it’s a foundation stick! See if you can repurpose any of it for the big beauty trend: contouring.

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After the lights and excitement of the winter holidays fade, January and February stretch on into cold, drab days. A stint in the tanning bed or a session with spray-on tanning can brighten the cloudy months. What goes better with a healthy glow than a pop of hair color (aside from a new outfit)? How do you decide what color best suits your skin tone? 

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Dress to impress by following these few simple guidelines in determining what color goes best (and worst) with your skin tone.

Fair Complexions

What To Wear: If you have fair Type 1 or 2 skin, it can make getting and keeping a tan difficult (Read our blog on Finding Your Skin Type here). We recommend wearing bold solid colors to bring out the warmer tones in your skin. If you want to better set off your complexion, try wearing bright colors like hot pink or canary yellow. Lighter skin tones tend to fall in the cooler shades of skin undertones (blue/pink based tones). Warmer colors will also compliment your skin, such as peach or tan colors.

What NOT To Wear: People with Type 1 or 2 skin should never dress in solid black or white. It completely drains any color you could potentially squeeze out of your complexion.

Medium Complexions

What To Wear: If you have a medium complexion (Type 3 or 4 skin) then you should look for more earthy colors, such as green, gold, reds, oranges, etc. Neutral colors such as cream and taupe are also good for enhancing the gorgeous caramel color of people with medium complexions.

What NOT To Wear: Since people with a medium skin type tend to have a warm undertone, we recommend avoiding any cool colors. Too many pastels are guaranteed to make your skin take on a grayish tinge.

Dark Complexions

What To Wear: Dark complexions (Type 5 or 6 skin) look fantastic in pastels and bright whites. Dark colors are also flattering, although you should have more jewel tones, such as emerald green or sapphire blue. Eggplant-purple, deep red, and gray are also great with setting off dark skin.

What NOT To Wear: Earthy colors such as brown, navy blue, or black don’t go particularly well with dark skin tones. These types of colors will wash you out and won’t do anything to enhance your dark complexion.

Pro Tip

If you particularly like a color that we advised against, don’t be afraid to use it as an accent piece! Go ahead and add some flair with a colorful pair of shoes, belt, scarf, or bag.

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Maintain your beautiful bronze glow all year long! Visit us at our salon on 4500 Rogers Ave. Walk-ins are welcome or please call (479) 785-1185 to make an appointment.

Make sure to get your pick of our large selection of great looking outfits that’ll be sure to flatter your skin tone at our Unique Boutique! Our inventory is constantly being revamped from week to week with an outpouring of new clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Check out Unique Boutique’s Facebook page to browse some of our selections. We make looking fabulous easy.

Make sure to keep up to date on our social media pages for special offers and deals for both Tan Unique and Unique Boutique!

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Many people make the mistake of choosing their clothes based off a specific season rather than their skin tone. Wintertime used to mean a lot of pasty complexions that went well with subdued colors. However, thanks to indoor tanning salons, people can sport their ideal beautiful bronzed glow all year round! So trying to make your wardrobe fit a seasonal theme really isn’t doing anyone any favors. That’s why it’s important to know which colors will complement you and which ones can wash you out.

By follow a few simple guidelines, we can help you determine which colors will help bring out your gorgeous tan, and leave you looking fantastic and feeling confident!

Determine Your Skin Undertone

The first step to finding the ideal color scheme for your wardrobe is to determine your skin undertone. People can usually be classified as having either a warm or cool undertone. Here are some fairly easy ways to tell which category your beautiful skin belongs to:

Paper Test: The easiest way to test your undertone would be to hold up a plain white sheet of paper to your face or arm and determine which color is most prominent; if your skin looks pink or blueish, then you have a cool skin tone. If your skin looks yellowish, orangeish, or even greenish then you have a warm skin tone.

Veins Check Test: Check the underside of your wrist and determine which color your veins most closely resembles. Blue or purple veins belong to cool undertones, while green or yellowish veins belong to warm undertones.


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Jewelry Test: Use a bracelet or ring to determine what your skin undertone is. White or silver jewelry will compliment cool skin tones, while gold jewelry will look better on warm skin tones.

Once you’ve determined which skin undertone fits you the best, then you can move on to determining which warm shades or cool shades work with your overall skin type. For simplicities sake, warm tones tend to work better with earthy shades, while cool skin tones tend to work best with jewel tones or silver shades.

Stay tuned for more flattering color options in Part II of Best Clothing Colors That Enhance Your Tan!

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Maintain your beautiful bronze glow all year long! Visit us at our salon on 4500 Rogers Ave. Walk-ins are welcome or please call (479) 785-1185 to make an appointment.

Make sure to get your pick of our large selection of great looking outfits that’ll be sure to flatter your skin tone at our Unique Boutique! Our inventory is constantly being revamped from week to week with an outpouring of new clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Check out Unique Boutique’s Facebook page to browse some of our selections. You can even order online and get our products shipped to you by commenting on the pictures we post! We make looking fabulous easy.

Make sure to keep up to date on our social media pages for special offers and deals for both Tan Unique and Unique Boutique!

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Do you want that golden, just-spent-the-weekend-at-the-beach look? Tan Unique can help! Our VersaSpa Pro Heated Sunless Spa Booth delivers the best, natural-looking tan in just 10 minutes. With some simple spray tanning prep and aftercare it’s easy to achieve your ideal tan (and make it last).

Pre-Tan Prep

Getting ready for a big event? We recommend scheduling your spray tanning session two days beforehand to allow the spray solution time to fully develop (about 12-24 hours).

The morning of your session, make sure to scrub down, and gently exfoliate problem areas like your knees and elbows (the thicker skin there tends to absorb more tanning solution which turns these areas darker).

  • Pro Tip: We recommend putting a layer of lotion on your knees and elbows prior to your session. It’s an easy way to create a little bit of a barrier from too much spray tan solution collecting in these areas. You could also do the same for the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands for a more natural, sun-kissed look!

While we recommend that you shower and exfoliate beforehand, you shouldn’t shave for at least 12-24 hours prior to your session. The reason for this is twofold: When you shave, you’re taking off a layer of dead skin cells and making way for a fresh new layer of cells. This is ideal for baby-soft skin, but less than ideal with how DHA pigment (aka: the active ingredient in spray tanning solution) tends to react with newly exposed cells. It can cause slight irritation and redness, not unlike going without shaving cream before you shave or moisturizing afterwards. The other reason is that shaving directly before your session leaves your pores open and extra susceptible to the spray tan. When your pores close they trap the bronzing solution underneath, creating dark brown dots along your legs.

And lastly, wear loose dark clothing to your session to keep your spray tan from staining anything (although most spray tanning solutions are washable, it’s better safe than sorry).

VersaSpa Pro Heated Sunless Spa Booth

Tan Unique’s VersaSpa Pro Heated Sunless Spa Booth delivers a professional custom air brush tan with results that are consistent, personalized and flawless. Simply choose your color level (Glow, Light, Medium or Dark) and allow the booth’s Height Sensor Technology to ensure pinpoint accuracy, which means full coverage for any body type! VersaSpa also offers the option to upgrade your session with different skin care treatments and color boosts for legs or face. The booth is smart technology-enabled, and talks you through the simple process with added visual instructions.

Post-Tan

After your spray tan, the bronzing solution will still take time to develop, so it’s important that you don’t get wet. You might want to skip showering, exercising or swimming for at least the next 6-8 hours to prevent streaking.

Our VersaSpa Pro Heated Sunless Spa Booth delivers a tan that lasts up to 5 to 7 days. To keep it for as long as possible we suggest:

  • Don’t exfoliate excessively
  • Don’t shave very often
  • Moisturize after you shower to keep the tanning solution locked in!

Don’t be a Ross! Get the best, natural-looking spray tan at Tan Unique.

Check out our VersaSpa Pro Heated Sunless Spa Booth for spray tan options and exclusive skin care treatments! Walk-ins are welcome at our salon on 4500 Rogers Ave, or call (479) 785-1185 to make an appointment.

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The best tan starts with a silky smooth foundation. With a little effort you can get flawless looking skin in no time! Just follow these few simple tips that will leave your skin looking radiantly gorgeous:

Use a Cleanser

Getting a naturally smooth complexion starts with the daily use of cleaners. Cleansing your skin is essential to removing oil and impurities that build up throughout the day. It’s especially important to keep up a twice daily cleansing ritual for your face in order to clean out your pores and prevent breakouts.

This also helps to detoxify your body in order to get rid of the buildup in your pores that helps block UV rays from the melanin pigment in your skin, which can lead to discolored patches after tanning. A thorough cleanse keeps your skin soft and smooth while also priming your body to accept a more even color. That’s why it’s recommended that you always cleanse and exfoliate before your tanning sessions!

Using a sulfate-free cleanser is the best way to give your skin a more natural glow. Their rejuvenating properties penetrate deeper into the skin and provide a more thorough cleanse.

At Tan Unique, our line of VersaSpa products features a sulfate-free omega-enriched grapeseed oil clenser infused with a combination of green and brown marine algae. Marine algae has become a popular miracle ingredient in advanced skincare due to the similarity in the composition of human skin and algae skin, which is able to replenish itself even after being subjected to extreme environmental aggressors.

Salons are the best place to get the latest in professional skin care products with a variety of active ingredients.

Get a Flawless Face Tan

The delicate skin of your face has less melanin (the pigment that reacts with UV rays to darken your skin tone) than the rest of your body, which is why it can be notoriously difficult to tan. These are a few simple tricks to help keep the color on your face flawlessly even:

Don’t Wear Makeup – Make sure to remove your makeup before your tanning session. It interferes with the tanning process by creating a layer between your skin and the UV rays. 

Customize Your Spray Tan – Spray tan booths have many customizable features. Our VersaSpa Pro sunless tanning booth allows our customers to upgrade their session to include color boosts for their legs or face.

Use Self-Tanner – Snap on some gloves and apply some self-tanner! Make sure to apply the product evenly in circular motions. Don’t leave out your ears or neck, apply a small amount of self-tanner to both using a cotton ball to ensure full coverage.

Pro Tip: Remember to rub Vaseline, chapstick, or conditioner over your eyebrows to protect from discoloration.

Use Bronzer – For a quick fix, we recommend using a liquid or powder bronzer. Using bronzer gives you the best control over how dark you want to go. It just takes a good eye to match your best color tone!


Get the sun-kissed look with a bit of bronzer! (Pic Credit)

Be Good to Your Skin

The most important piece of advice we can give, is to be good to your skin. A healthy lifestyle and habitual skin care routine is the best way to keep your skin looking silky smooth and glowing!

The surest way to keep your skin beautifully supple is to supply it with what it needs. Make sure to moisturize daily and drink plenty of water. Apply a hydrating moisturizer right after a bath or shower, when the warm water causes your pours open up and allows for better absorption.

Pro Tip: A high quality moisturizer is a great way to get vitamins that need to be replenished daily. We recommend moisturizers that contain both vitamins C and E!


Pro Tip: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will give your skin a more radiant glow!

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Check out Tan Unique’s wide selection of skin care products at our salon on 4500 Rogers Ave or call (479) 785-1185. Keep up with our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news!

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At Tan Unique, we’re all about keeping your skin looking healthy and beautiful! That’s why we’re sharing a few of our simple beauty tricks that’ll be sure to keep your sun-kissed skin glowing.

Use SPF Foundation

Professional dermatologists recommend that we wear SPF every day. Making sure the delicate skin on your face is covered with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 will go a long way in preventing freckles, peeling, and premature wrinkles.


Avoid a raccoon eyed sunburn from your sunglasses and wear SPF!

A light layer of SPF coverage on your face should be a part of your daily skin care routine, especially if you’re going to be outside for a lengthy amount of time. But remembering to slather on some sunscreen every day can become a real chore. That’s why we recommend SPF-infused foundations, so you can easily combine sun protection with your usual makeup routine!

Click here to see Byrdie’s list of the best liquid and powder foundations with SPF!

Protect Your Nails

Spray tanning and sunbeds can have the unfortunate side effect of ruining a good manicure. But with a few simple tricks, you can completely avoid discolored nails!

Apply Nail Polish – Before you step into a spray tan booth, apply a layer of nail polish to protect your nails against spray tanning solution. Any kind of nail polish will work - even a clear coat will do the trick! If you already have a manicure, then don’t worry about it!


The spray tanning solution only works with the amino acids in your skin, so it won’t even stain a light nail color or french tips!

Use Petroleum Jelly – Don’t have time to paint your nails? Dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly before your session will also protect your nails from spray tanning solution. You can also apply a layer between your fingers to prevent unnaturally tan palms.

UV Protection Nail Polish – Acrylic nails tend to yellow in tanning beds, which means they have to be protected beforehand. We recommend using a clear coat of UV protective varnish over your nails to prevent discoloration.

Nail Savers – You can also use nail savers, which are small fingernail covers that are specifically designed to protect your nails from UV exposure.

Finding the Right Lipstick Shade

Experts recommend the use of products to protect the thin skin of your lips in a tanning booth. We usually recommend SPF-infused lip balm, but SPF lipsticks are a trendy alternative! According to Lip Source, women surveyed in a 2010 poll showed that 40% owned more than 20 kinds of lipsticks! Finding just the right shade of lipstick to compliment your skin tone can involve lot of trial and error. That’s why we’re here to make it simple!


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There are many different color combinations, but for people who frequent tanning beds, lighter sun-kissed skin works best with pastels, nudes and corals. If you have a darker bronzed skin tone, you should try a complimentary dark shade or a bold berry color.

For your next tanning session, show off your gorgeous new color at your favorite tanning salon!

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Be on the lookout for more of our simple beauty tricks in Part II! Drop by our salon at 4500 Rogers Ave or make an appointment by calling (479) 785-1185. Keep up with updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

 

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Spray tanning has become one of the most popular ways to get gorgeously bronzed skin. And why wouldn’t it be? At Tan Unqiue, our VersaSpa Pro tanning booth offers ten-minute gentle misting sessions in an air conditioned booth with customizable color options and simple voice commands. Spray tanning is a great alternative to sunbathing in the harsh summer weather, or even finding the time to use a tanning bed multiple sessions a week. 

However, the last days of summer are upon us and it won’t be long before we’ll be exchanging shorts and tank tops for sweaters and scarves. If you wanted to take advantage of the milder weather of early Fall, and soak up some sunshine while you still can, spray tanners may be asking themselves this question: Can I still tan through a spray tan? The answer is yes! Don’t worry, you don’t have to wait for your spray tan to fade or remove it altogether to transition into a natural tan.

Here’s how it works:

How Faux Tanning Solution Works

The active ingredient in most spray tan solutions is dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, which reacts with the top layer of your skin to deepen your color to a darker shade. Exfoliation usually takes off the top layer of dead skin cells, which is why spray tans need to be renewed every week or so. 

A really good faux tan can be tough to find. Cheap chemicals are usually to blame for the orange-tinged color that has given spray tanning a bad rep in the past. Tan Unique’s VersaSpa Pro uses strictly organic-based ingredients designed to work with the natural amino acids in your skin. This produces a bronzing effect that causes your natural skin tone to deepen into a darker shade.

Blending Faux Tan with a Real Tan

Getting a spray tan prior to going out sunbathing is an excellent idea. Starting out your new tanning routine with already beautiful bronzed skin is an easy confidence builder. It’ll also help you pace yourself, so you won’t feel the need to tan quite as fast and potentially harm your skin in the process. 

Just remember, your spray tan does not act as a barrier between your skin and overexposure from the sun. Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or 30 when trying to attain a natural golden glow. We recommend waiting to properly exfoliate until three days after your spray tan to encourage an even fade of your old spray tan into your newer, natural glow.

Pro Tip: Bottled faux tan can be especially useful for getting rid of unsightly tan lines. Just coat the pale lines with self-tanning product and make sure to blend it into the surrounding tanned area. Make sure to use the product very sparingly at first, and wait a few hours for the color to deepen before applying any more color.

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Remember, our highly trained staff is here to help you achieve your perfect tan safely. Feel free to ask us about any aspect of your tanning routine! Call us at (479) 785-1185 or stop by our salon today at 4500 Rogers Ave. Walk-ins are welcome!

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At Tan Unique, we want to help you maintain that sexy summer glow! Before you head over to your tanning session we thought we’d share some tips on how to get the most out of your experience. Maximize your sun-kissed glow by following this simple guide on the do’s and don’ts of tanning.  

Do: Know your skin type. Determining your skin type will let you know how long you can safely tan without burning. To learn more about different skin types make sure to check out our blog about Finding Your Skin Type.

Don’t: Don’t settle for just one type of tanning bed. Tan Unique offers a variety of tanning equipment, including the traditional lay-down beds, stand up bed, and even a VersaSpa spray tan booth with custom controls. We urge our clients to explore what we have to offer and find the best fit for them.

Do: Use indoor tanning lotions! Check out our Guide To Indoor Tanning Lotions to learn about the benefits of different types of lotions and find the right one for you. (Also, anything besides an indoor tanning lotion tends to create an opaque film on the surface of tanning beds, which impedes the effectiveness of the UV lamps.)

Don’t: Don’t use baby oil in place of indoor tanning lotions. Many people use baby oil because it acts as a reflector that attracts and intensifies UV rays. It may produce faster results, but it can also do damage to your skin. Tanning bed lamps already produce concentrated forms of UV rays, and using an amplifier on top of that tends to lead to painful sunburn.

Do: Exfoliate before your tanning session. This removes oil from your skin that blocks up your pores.


Brown sugar scrub is a great gentle exfoliator for your face.

Don’t: Don’t wear makeup to your tanning session! Makeup creates a layer between your skin and the tanning bed UV rays/spray tanning solution. This can lead to an uneven tan.

Do: You should always wear protective eyewear when using a tanning bed. The tinted glass in tanning goggles keeps intense UV rays from damaging your sensitive corneas. Tan Unique provides our guests with a complimentary pair of tanning googles for safety and convenience.

Don’t: Don’t think you can replace tanning goggles with a towel or folded T-shirt. UV rays easily filter through cloth.


You should even use tanning goggles when sunbathing. Don’t be a victim of raccoon-eyed tan lines!

Do: Make sure to shave before your tanning session, in order to reduce the number of times you’ll shave in between sessions. Every time we shave, we remove a little bit more of the tanned surface layer of dead skin cells revealing the paler, new skin beneath.  

Don’t: If you used any kind of bronzing lotion, we recommend that you don’t immediately shower after a tanning session. Bronzers react with the oils in your skin to deepen your natural skin color. It may take 4-6 hours after application for the bronzer to work its magic.

Do: Moisturize! Smoothing on some moisturizer after your tanning session is done will help your dry skin become soft and supple once more.

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Do: Check out our tanning specials and membership packages!

Don’t: Don’t wait to give us a call at (479) 785-1185 or stop by our salon at 4500 Rogers Ave. Walk-ins are welcome!

4516 Rogers Avenue Suite 2
Fort Smith, AR

479-785-1185

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