What’s the Difference Between a Spray Tan and an Airbrush Tan?


We keep talking about getting an “airbrush” tan and you’re probably wondering why we don’t just call it a “spray” tan. It’s not because we’re trying to sound fancy!  Not all spray tans are alike… Let’s take a look at some of the methods out there that we lump into the “spray tan” category!

Spray Tan Booths

Spray tan booths are pretty much exactly what they sound like. It’s a large booth that you stand in, and the tanning solution sprays out of nozzles and onto your skin. There’s no one there spraying you, so you might feel more comfortable, but it also means that no one is making sure everything is even or avoiding areas you might not want doused with spray, such as underarms or the palms of your hands. If you accidentally turn your arm the wrong way or clench your legs together in the booth, the spray might not hit you evenly, leaving you with an unnatural looking tan.  Booths can also make people feel slightly claustrophobic, so if you get uneasy in tight spaces, this might not be the method for you.

 ♦ Self-Tanners

You’ve all seen these, and let’s be honest – most of us have tried at least one variety. They’re spray cans or lotions found everywhere from high end salons to Walgreens, and they promise perfect golden skin in the privacy of your own home – for way less money! But how well do they work? I’ll be honest, you MIGHT be able to find one that you’ll swear by. But chances are, it will take a lot of time, money, and misery before you do. There are so many different formulas out there, and everyone’s skin is different, so it’s hard to tell which lotions, potions, and sprays will look natural on you. It’s also hard to apply sprays and lotions evenly on yourself. You might THINK you’ve gotten every inch, but the next day you look in the mirror and there’s that big patch of white skin, or even worse, thick streaks or blotches of dark color! Many at-home products will not only color your skin, but leave stains on your clothes, sheets, and furniture as well! As the saying goes, you usually get what you pay for. You’ll get much better results letting a professional handle it. Which leads us to….

Airbrush Tanning

Airbrush tanning is the preferred method for many people, including Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. With an airbrush tan, you’re working with a professional technician who knows how to pick the perfect formula to make each person’s unique skin tone look naturally colored.  They will then spray you by hand to ensure that the solution is applied evenly to all areas you want to tan, and eliminate excess spray from getting into areas you DON’T want – like knees, elbows, and underarms! They can touch up specific areas to even out skin tone or eliminate tan lines, and even do things like give definition to thighs and abs. Airbrush tanning won’t leave streaks or stains like most at-home products, and it only requires one application. An airbrush tanning session is a truly personalized experience. You can even have an airbrush artist come to your house! They will bring all the equipment necessary to give you a great tan in the privacy and convenience of your own home!

For an affordable airbrush tan in Denver, Shine salon is the place to go!  We can also come to you and we offer special group packages for spa nights, bachelorette parties, weddings, pre-prom, etc. Give us a call to make an appointment and see why airbrush tanning is the best kind of spray tan you can get!  (303)-722-4040