Wednesday, May 23, 2007
7 News Features: Bronze Beauty
Want to look like a Hollywood star with a perfect golden glow? Well, now you can with a new airbrush tanning spray. Seven's Lynn Martinez shows us how you can turn into a bronze beauty right in your own home.
WSVN -- Stars like Lindsay Lohan, J-Lo and Charlize Theron always seem to be sun-kissed without the sun damage.
Their celebrity secret: spending thousands of dollars to have a professional airbrush them a perfect tan.
Now one company says there is a way for you to get that same golden glow right in your own home.
Rebecca Cook of Fusion Beauty: "The Airglow Airbrush tan gun is absolutely incredible."
Its makers say this is the first airbrush technology you can use yourself.
Rebecca Cook: "You don't have to worry about blending it in, you just spray it, and you're set to go, so it's so convenient."
The air gun sprays a shear, self-tanning mist. It's supposed to deliver color evenly over your body, avoiding the streaks and stains most people get when using those self-tan lotions.
Channel Seven put this new tan to the test.
Caitlyn Thrift, tan tester: "I'm definitely worried about the application. It looks a little scary."
Amy Garanin, tan tester: "The idea of having it spray on seems like it can eliminate some of my human error."
Jessica Lynn, tan tester: "I don't want to turn orange or streaky."
The process is very simple.
You pour the Coco tanning solution into a container, put it on the gun and shoot.
Armed and ready to glow, the ladies spray away.
A few days later we checked in to check them out.
Amy: "It's a pretty light tan, but it's a good color."
Caitlyn: "It's very healthy and natural looking glow."
Jessica: "I'm lighter than I thought, but browner than I thought. I thought for sure I'd be orange."
Our testers say they didn't get as dark as they thought they would, but they did like the subtle color, and they say it was easy to use after a little practice.
Amy: "I had a few spots and a few streaks, and then I would just go over it a second time."
They also liked the fact that the spray didn't stain any of their clothes, and it didn't have that funny smell that can sometimes come with self-tanners.
Amy: "The smell was the best part. My whole room felt like chocolate and caramel."
Caitlyn: "It kind of smelled like a pina colada, so it smelled really good."
The spray only takes about five minutes to dry, but, unlike the sun, this tan is not free.
The Airglow gun along with a kit for a few tans costs $175.
Amy: "I don't think I would go out and pay $150 or $175 for it."
Caitlyn: "I love the color. I would definitely continue to use it again."
To help you get those hard-to-reach spots our testers say you should grab a friend.
Lynn Martinez: "The Airglow makers say this spray is also good for you because it's packed with anti-oxidants that nourish your skin."