We have all heard about, seen or worse still, experienced a tan which is far more orange than bronze.

There is some science behind a good spray tan, and why some tans appear more orange than others. It actually has nothing to do with rolling in a bag of Doritos and has a lot to do with using the most suitable product for your skin tone.

An undertone is the warm, cool or neutral hue that shows through your skins surface colour. Although the surface colour of your skin can change, depending on your sun exposure, your skin’s undertone will remain consistent.

Your natural undertones will affect the way a spray tan appears on your skin. Knowing whether your skin has a warm, cool or neutral undertone will assist our therapists in making the right decision for which tan will suit your skin best. Our therapists will recommend the best tan for you, based on the undertone of your skin, and the shade you are looking to achieve.

The quick test – what undertone are you?

It’s actually really easy to determine which undertone you have. Simply look at the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist, ensuring you are examining your wrists under natural light and that your skin is clean and free of product.

- If your veins appears blue or purple, you have a cool skintone

- If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone

- If you can't tell if your veins appear green or blue, you have a neutral skin tone which means you have a variety of choice (most olive complexions have a neutral undertone)

What next?

Now that you know which undertone your skin is you will be able to select your spray tan to suit your skin.

Cool Undertones

If you have a cool undertone, with the veins on your inner wrist appearing blue, your therapist will recommend a Green base. A green based solution is suitable for all skin types however is complementary to a cool skin tone, as it will counteract any pink hues your skin throws, leaving you with a natural looking tan. Solutions with a green base are the most traditional and will leave you with a natural bronze colour every time.

Warm Undertones

If you have a warm undertone, with the veins on your wrist appearing green, your skin will work naturally with a Violet based solution. A violet base is suitable for all skin types however complements a warm skin tone and will give you a hue that represents an exotic tan, counteracting any yellow tones that may naturally be present in your skin.

Neutral Undertones

If you have a neutral undertone, and are unable to determine the colour of your veins on your wrist, then you have hit the spray tanning jackpot! You have a wide variety of choice when it comes to selecting a spray tan and can choose solutions with either a Green or Violet base. For you, it is a matter of personal preference. Have a chat with your therapist, see what they recommend and then try both solutions. Then stick with the one you prefer!

Each Brazilian Butterfly salon stocks Moroccan Tan solutions with both a Violet and Green base. To find out more about spray tanning you can contact your local Brazilian Butterfly salon or book online.