I’m attending a wedding and would love to try a spray tan but am so afraid I’ll look like Ross on Friends. Any tips? Fear not the professional spray tan! They are more natural-looking than anything you can do at home. Follow these tips and you’ll be golden!
- Do exfoliate and shave beforehand to ensure an even application.
- Don’t apply lotion the day of your tan or the tanning agent won’t adhere as effectively.
- Do wear loose, dark clothing to your appointment that won’t cling to your tan.
- Don’t shower for at least six to eight hours after your tan to give it ample time to set.
My skin is dull and oily, if that’s possible. I’m afraid to moisturize it but don’t know what else to do. Help! It is possible, especially in this humidity! And I’ve got the solution: a hydrating facial mask. These lightweight treatments restore moisture, plump skin, and infuse a healthy glow without using heavy oils. Don’t be afraid to use them two to three times a week and even overnight for a serious boost. Try: Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask ($47), from Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
I’ve been seeing a lot of natural, DEET-free insect repellants. Do they work? Sometimes. Essential oils like rosemary do help keep critters at bay (and smell amazing), but in my experience they have nothing on a flock of Minnesota mosquitoes. Always have a backup plan!
I love the look of beach waves but am hopeless with a curling iron. Any tips or tricks? You are not alone! Celebs make those tousled waves look so easy, but they didn’t just wake up like that. My secret weapon: Bumble + Bumble Surf Foam Spray ($31). Part mousse, part salt spray, it creates big, beachy texture without heat tools. Just scrunch and go! Available at Sephora, sephora.com
Everyone is doing gel nails, but can a girl still get a good, old-fashioned manicure that lasts?! Absolutely. In fact, CND, the makers of Shellac, recently launched Creative Play for people like you. The collection of 80 shades and 10 fun finishes is quick-drying, long-lasting, and doesn’t require a UVA light or professional removal. Available at A La Mode Boutique & Nail Spa, Edina and Wayzata locations, alamodenails.com