FAW Prep Instructions


When do I get my mani/pedi? No less than 24 hours before your first tanning session.

How long before my first session should I wax (if I want to)? This is not recommended, however, if you must, get it done at least 48 hours prior to your first session.  Shaving is best.

Should I shave my entire body? It is recommended.

Do you tan my face?  What do I do about makeup? We tan your face with a much more ‘skin friendly’ solution. Competition color will not touch your face. It will blend much nicer (you need to wipe your face with a damp cloth before makeup application – men, do not wipe your face off with a damp cloth…leave the bronzer on unless you are applying makeup).

What do I wear to my tanning session? Dark, loose fitted clothing – cotton or polyester is best.  Zip ups, long pants and sleeves are preferred.  No dresses, shorts, jeans or tank tops.  DO NOT SLEEP NAKED!  Your arms and legs must be covered and separated – robes are okay but not recommended.

Where/when do we get our oil/bikini bite done? No more than 30 minutes prior to your stage appearance.  We will be backstage to help you with this – from the entrance, to the left, down the long hallway toward the stage, around the corner to the right.

Men MUST wear posing suit (or some kind of under garment…a sock works too) to their tanning session unless they are paired with a male spray tech.

Women may (and should) tan nude with a female spray tech to avoid tan lines.

Women – DO NOT put your suit on until after you have been sprayed the last time before your stage appearance.

Women – when using the bathroom, line the seat with bath tissue and sit…do not hover unless you’ve got it down pat!


APPOINTMENT #1 – first competition tan on Thursday, June 27th (same prep for Media Tans if you are getting one)

Shower before your appointment shaving FIRST! You may use a light shaving cream but be sure to exfoliate AFTER shaving. Any residue left behind by the cream may act as a barrier between your skin and the DHA (element that reacts with your skin to tint it).  We recommend an exfoliating towel by Earth Therapeutics from Bed, Bath & Beyond ($6).

Come to your appointment with CLEAN SKIN. This means NO lotion, makeup, perfumes, deodorant, etc.

After your session, be very careful around liquids. Any contact with water will dissolve the tan.

You will be sleeping in your tan so it is best to sleep in the same clothes you put on after your tanning session.  Be somewhat conscious of where/how you position yourself. For example, you don’t want your palms to be tanned so try to keep your hands away from your body. Try not to make skin to skin contact with any limbs to avoid uneven markings – try to keep in mind that holding your arms in a bent position may create slight unevenness on the inner elbow. (Don’t think about this as a science, these are simply tidbits of information).

Your face will be tanned during this session.

APPOINTMENT #2/SHOW DAY – last tan before your stage presence on Friday, June 28th

DO NOT SHOWER!  You may shower AFTER your prelims are finished.

Your last session, aka ‘touch up’ will be the morning of the show.

You may also get another full coat of tanning solution if needed.

SHOW DAY (FINALS) – last tan before your stage presence on June 29th

Shower but don’t exfoliate again.  You can shower right after your prelims are finished.

Come to your appointment with clean skin.

Be careful around liquids.