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T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

So I abhor tanning, but I went on a cruise in January and I still have tan lines (I hold tans for 6+ months).

I'd love to be even all over, but I'm not sure how I should go about that. Should I tan again? If so, what kind? Bed? For how long? Spray? Fake?

Help!

Mar 15 12 10:54 am Link

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Marketa Fei

Posts: 401

Berkeley, California, US

I use a Lancome lotion with a little bit of dye to it on my legs, because I wear stockings all the time for my arthritis. It's been great for me!

Mar 15 12 11:05 am Link

Photographer

Jason Combs Photography

Posts: 636

Vicksburg, Mississippi, US

You could apply sunblock to the areas already tanned and get in tanning bed or out in the sun to try and even it up.  Personally I wouldn't mind some natural looking tan lines, but I can see where some people might.  I think they can add an interesting element to certain images

Mar 15 12 11:19 am Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8492

Los Angeles, California, US

Jason Combs Photography wrote:
You could apply sunblock to the areas already tanned and get in tanning bed or out in the sun to try and even it up.

+1


Yes . . . . it really works

Mar 15 12 11:21 am Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:

+1


Yes . . . . it really works

Alright, will do!

Thanks smile

Mar 15 12 11:32 am Link

Model

Amadea T

Posts: 3558

Columbus, Ohio, US

Yeah, don't do the spray tan, you'll end up looking like (...dare I say her name?...) that chick from you know where Shore....

It's not flattering and shows up in most every pic.

Mar 15 12 12:36 pm Link

Photographer

MDS-Photos

Posts: 329

Darlington, South Carolina, US

Jason Combs Photography wrote:
You could apply sunblock to the areas already tanned and get in tanning bed or out in the sun to try and even it up.  Personally I wouldn't mind some natural looking tan lines, but I can see where some people might.  I think they can add an interesting element to certain images

+1

Mar 15 12 12:42 pm Link

Photographer

Alluring Exposures

Posts: 11360

Mesa, Arizona, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
So I abhor tanning, but I went on a cruise in January and I still have tan lines (I hold tans for 6+ months).

I'd love to be even all over, but I'm not sure how I should go about that. Should I tan again? If so, what kind? Bed? For how long? Spray? Fake?

Help!

No need to damage your skin more than necessary... either a spray tan at a reputable salon or get a good retoucher smile
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090319/18/49c2f47fa29c8_m.jpg

Mar 15 12 12:44 pm Link

Photographer

Lifestyle_Images

Posts: 3998

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Alluring Exposures wrote:

No need to damage your skin more than necessary... either a spray tan at a reputable salon or get a good retoucher smile
SNIP

OK let me get this straight.  A model, who trades on the condition of their body, changes it (gets tan lines) and rather than her fixing her "tools" (i.e. her body), you suggest she put the onus on future photographers who, presumably, arrive at the shoot with all their tools in order?

Sorry.

@OP,  Sorry you got em, but I agree with others that you need to spend the time to even out.  I would agree with the sunblock approach.  If you hold a tan as well as you say, you likely also tan pretty quickly, so it shouldn't take much time to even out.

Mar 15 12 03:00 pm Link

Photographer

Eros Studios

Posts: 690

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I've observed a lot of models switching over from bed/booths to the spray tan thing.

Obvious advantages...

One session sets you how with a rich dark tan for a week or two rather than having to build a tan with multiple sessions.

No harmful UV rays for your skin!

Mar 16 12 05:39 am Link

Photographer

Halcyon Arts

Posts: 173

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I love tan lines, they're nature's highlighter pen.

Mar 16 12 06:11 am Link

Photographer

Mark C Smith

Posts: 885

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tanlines are very easy to fix in post-processing, but I applaud you for trying to fix them beforehand!

Though I must say, sometimes tanlines are very sexy! smile

Mar 16 12 07:18 am Link

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Model

Koryn

Posts: 36712

Boston, Massachusetts, US

halcyonart wrote:
I love tan lines, they're nature's highlighter pen.

I get tan-lines in the shape of a wife-beater. Trust me; it's not sexy.

Oh yeah, and my driving arm is always like 3 shades darker than the other.

Mar 16 12 07:48 am Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

ShivaKitty wrote:

I get tan-lines in the shape of a wife-beater. Trust me; it's not sexy.

Oh yeah, and my driving arm is always like 3 shades darker than the other.

That's the only thing I'm worried about. I have the obvious bikini lines, but I also have some various shade differences and I'm afraid if I apply sunblock myself I'm just going to fuck it up.

Mar 16 12 09:59 am Link

Photographer

Imagesby Photography

Posts: 304

Baltimore, Maryland, US

halcyonart wrote:
I love tan lines, they're nature's highlighter pen.

+1

smile

Mar 17 12 12:17 pm Link

Photographer

gwsphotos

Posts: 243

Beaverton, Oregon, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
That's the only thing I'm worried about. I have the obvious bikini lines, but I also have some various shade differences and I'm afraid if I apply sunblock myself I'm just going to fuck it up.

I don't mind tan lines, but the selective sunblock sounds like the way to go.  I'm sure you can find someone willing to help with the application.  I'd volunteer, but am too far away.

Mar 17 12 12:34 pm Link

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Alabaster Crowley

Posts: 8265

Tucson, Arizona, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
So I abhor tanning, but I went on a cruise in January and I still have tan lines (I hold tans for 6+ months).

I'd love to be even all over, but I'm not sure how I should go about that. Should I tan again? If so, what kind? Bed? For how long? Spray? Fake?

Help!

Please don't get a real sun or bed tan! Use one of those "gradual" self tanning lotions like this

www.jergens.com/NaturalGlow

Mar 17 12 02:08 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Alabaster Crowley wrote:

Please don't get a real sun or bed tan! Use one of those "gradual" self tanning lotions like this

www.jergens.com/NaturalGlow

I very, very rarely tan so I'm not all that worried about the long term affects on my skin. I'm just more worried that the color wouldn't even out and I'd be stuck with an even worse product than I started out with. I'll look into the jergen's product for those reasons. Thanks!

Mar 17 12 03:26 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

gwsphotos wrote:

I don't mind tan lines, but the selective sunblock sounds like the way to go.  I'm sure you can find someone willing to help with the application.  I'd volunteer, but am too far away.

Haha, thanks. I'll look into it!

Mar 17 12 03:27 pm Link

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Marketa Fei

Posts: 401

Berkeley, California, US

Professor Oni wrote:
@OP,  Sorry you got em, but I agree with others that you need to spend the time to even out.  I would agree with the sunblock approach.  If you hold a tan as well as you say, you likely also tan pretty quickly, so it shouldn't take much time to even out.

If she holds a tan as long as she says, she should avoid the sunblock approach all the more vigorously, or she'll have the opposite problem eventually.

Mar 17 12 05:10 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Marketa Fei wrote:

If she holds a tan as long as she says, she should avoid the sunblock approach all the more vigorously, or she'll have the opposite problem eventually.

I hold a tan for a long ass time, so I'm thinking I might try some tanning lotion that's really light and go from there.

Mar 17 12 05:13 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7938

Imperial, California, US

Actually, I kind of like tan lines, kind of makes you know that you are seeing more than what is usually shown a little tabu.

Mar 17 12 05:26 pm Link

Photographer

Vintagevista

Posts: 11042

Sun City, California, US

First - do a retro 70's themed shoot.  (hint) smile

(From the guy with the "vintage" in his name)

Mar 17 12 09:36 pm Link

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hygvhgvkhy

Posts: 2092

Chicago, Illinois, US

Huh.. I never thought about tan lines, should I get a different bikini? Or is it not a big deal in post processing? The only problem with me would be around my neck or if I happen to have something backless, the back.

What do nude models do to fix that over summer?

Mar 17 12 10:34 pm Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36706

Columbus, Ohio, US

Mark C Smith wrote:
Tanlines are very easy to fix in post-processing, but I applaud you for trying to fix them beforehand!

Why don't you show us some before & after samples of your post processing of tan lines?

No they are not always an easy fix, they can be a royal pain in the ass.

Besides, the less time I have to edit, the happier I am.

Mar 17 12 10:36 pm Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36706

Columbus, Ohio, US

Presley ONeil wrote:
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What do nude models do to fix that over summer?

Stay out of the sun or stay nude.

Mar 17 12 10:37 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I'm used to the Canadian Tan... (white as snow for 8 months of the year) LOL.   I dig tan lines.

Mar 17 12 10:48 pm Link

Photographer

Frank Lewis Photography

Posts: 12625

Winter Park, Florida, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
So I abhor tanning, but I went on a cruise in January and I still have tan lines (I hold tans for 6+ months).

I'd love to be even all over, but I'm not sure how I should go about that. Should I tan again? If so, what kind? Bed? For how long? Spray? Fake?

Help!

Maybe spend a few days at a local nudist resort.

http://www.starranch.net/

Mar 20 12 07:58 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Frank Lewis Photography wrote:

Maybe spend a few days at a local nudist resort.

http://www.starranch.net/

Maybe! I love Hippie Hollow!

Mar 21 12 11:36 am Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Cherrystone wrote:

Why don't you show us some before & after samples of your post processing of tan lines?

No they are not always an easy fix, they can be a royal pain in the ass.

Besides, the less time I have to edit, the happier I am.

I really try to make the photographers job as easy as possible for 2 reasons. 1) I want photographers to like me and 2) because if there's something in a photo that I otherwise love that I could have fixed, I never assume the photographer should just "learn how to photo shop better", I just fix it for next time. This includes tan lines, stray hairs, makeup issues, stains, be not sucking in, etc.

I do think it's funny how a decent portion of models feel really entitled. Trust me, we're half a picture, but without the photographer and his/her camera, lights, location, lenses, photo shop, and sometimes even wardrobe... well... need I say more? We show up and are done. You all set up, shoot, take down, and then photo shop!

Mar 21 12 11:41 am Link

Photographer

LMJ Photo

Posts: 208

Chicago, Illinois, US

Try lifestylesdirect.com which has "solar tan thru suits". These suits let the tanning rays through the swimsuit and leaves no tan lines. I can attest that they do work as I have a couple of them myself.

LMJ

Mar 21 12 12:36 pm Link

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T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

LMJ Photo wrote:
Try lifestylesdirect.com which has "solar tan thru suits". These suits let the tanning rays through the swimsuit and leaves no tan lines. I can attest that they do work as I have a couple of them myself.

LMJ

What?! That's so cool!!

Mar 21 12 02:05 pm Link

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DinoUnchained

Posts: 921

Portland, Oregon, US

To fade tan lines use a scrub of lemon juice and salt around the area. This will help fade the tanned area. That is all the advise on tanning I have. ;-)

Mar 21 12 03:29 pm Link

Photographer

Lifestyle_Images

Posts: 3998

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
SNIP

I do think it's funny how a decent portion of models feel really entitled. Trust me, we're half a picture, but without the photographer and his/her camera, lights, location, lenses, photo shop, and sometimes even wardrobe... well... need I say more? We show up and are done. You all set up, shoot, take down, and then photo shop!

OK, I'm now officially in like with you ;-)

Mar 21 12 04:06 pm Link

Photographer

Mark C Smith

Posts: 885

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cherrystone wrote:

Why don't you show us some before & after samples of your post processing of tan lines?

No they are not always an easy fix, they can be a royal pain in the ass.

Besides, the less time I have to edit, the happier I am.

Maybe I'm just good at it smile

Mar 21 12 06:49 pm Link

Photographer

goneferal

Posts: 117

London, England, United Kingdom

♥ tanlines. I think they're v sexy!

Mar 23 12 03:33 pm Link

Photographer

Hill Country Vision

Posts: 91

Brownwood, Texas, US

Presley ONeil wrote:
Huh.. I never thought about tan lines, should I get a different bikini? Or is it not a big deal in post processing? The only problem with me would be around my neck or if I happen to have something backless, the back.

What do nude models do to fix that over summer?

smile I don't think you will have to worry about that for a couple of years.  By then they'll have an answer for tan lines.

Oct 16 12 05:10 pm Link

Model

P I X I E

Posts: 35327

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I put sunblock on from May to September before going outside, pretty much.

But I tend to BURN rather than tan, so my situation is probably different from yours.

Oct 16 12 05:12 pm Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8492

Los Angeles, California, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:

Maybe! I love Hippie Hollow!

That would be a lot of fun, but it won't solve the problem

Tanning on top of tan lines will darken everything evenly . . . you will still see the lines. The darker parts will be darker and the lighter parts will be darker, but not even with what was tanned from before.

The best advice that really works is what was said before about painting sunscreen on the areas that were tanned and not on the untanned parts. Then go get tan and even it out

KM

Jason Combs Photography wrote:
You could apply sunblock to the areas already tanned and get in tanning bed or out in the sun to try and even it up.  Personally I wouldn't mind some natural looking tan lines, but I can see where some people might.  I think they can add an interesting element to certain images

Oct 16 12 05:17 pm Link

Model

MichelleGenevieve

Posts: 97

Austin, Texas, US

I had the same problem.  I used to do spray tan (and no, I never got orange) and it looked great!  But you have to be careful with it, you can't exfoliate or moisturize or it comes off.  Even a hot day with snug clothing that makes you sweat will leave marks where the color comes off.

So, I went to a tanning salon and had a couple of sessions in their top-of-the-line "high pressure" tanning bed.  Wow, I am sold!  2 sessions and my tone was even all over, a couple more and I looked really good.

Oct 16 12 07:40 pm Link