We're a sun smart bunch here at The Urban List. But that doesn't mean we want to expose our lily-white limbs to the world as the mercury rises! The festive season calls for skimpy frocks and—quelle horreur—bikinis, so we're hot-footing it to a beauty salon to fake our golden glow.
In the interests of eyeballs everywhere, we're getting our bronze on at the following tanning temples. Moon tans be gone!
Pale and interesting might be having a moment, but sometimes we just can’t resist a faux glow. If, like us, you need a little help in the melanin department, read on for our pick of the salons offering Melbourne’s best spray tans.
Any girl who’s dabbled in the tricky art of home-tanning knows that St Tropez is where it’s at for a natural-looking, even colour. Gorgeous CBD salon Miss Fox makes the process even more foolproof, offering a professional St Tropez tan that develops to perfection over eight hours. The wonderful Bree will help you fake it til you make it, with an expert application of the cult brand’s Bronzing Mist, in either Classic or Dark.
How sucky is it when you suddenly realise you’re desperate for a spray tan but your fave salon is closed? Or you don’t want to go on your lunch break because you’ll come back looking like you’ve rolled in mud? Genius newcomer Sunspray 24/7 has come to the rescue with round-the-clock tanning. As in open 24 hours, 365 days a year! Perfect for those who hate nuding up in front of strangers, their private spray tanning booths allow you to customise your tan with three levels of colour. The booths are so simple to use, even Ross Geller would be safe.
Mobile Beauty Co.
Hate salons? Mobile Beauty Co. (formerly Sea Spray Tans) comes to you. They can set up a mobile tanning salon in the privacy of your own home, and the results speak for themselves (just check out their gallery page). Your appointment includes a paper g-string, hairnet and feet guards, plus a cheeky goodie bag for first-timers. Our tip? Start with the St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mist and work your way up from there.
Maxitan is a regular inclusion in our best spray tans lists, for good reason. Anastasia has been bronzing Melbourne moon tans for over 15 years, so there’s nothing she doesn’t know about giving good glow. With 9 different colours and a range of tans that includes organic and flash (fast developing) options, she’s a busy lady, so best book in quick smart.
Super luxe Carlton North salon Duquessa has a no-nasties approach to spray tanning, using products by Eco Tan, landing it firmly on our list of Melbourne’s best spray tans. Aussie, certified organic, vegan, and toxin-free, the formulation is also enriched with all sorts of skin-nourishing goodness from aloe vera, coconut, avocado, cacao (yum!) and more. The colour is tailored to each customer, to ensure the perfect shade of ‘I just got back from Bali’. Pro-tip: to extend the life of your tan, prep your skin with their divine Body Balance Salt Glow Treatment using Pink Himalayan Salt.
Despite the name, Waxed offers more than just de-fuzzing services. The four salons—in Bentleigh, Balaclava, Malvern and Elsternwick—are among our favourite spots for a flawless spray tan in Melbourne town. Choose from a full body, face and neck, legs, or face, legs and arm tan (cos, seriously, who’s going to see your torso in winter?), and you’ll even get 50% off your third tan. Wanna know a little secret? Waxed is coming soon to Chapel Street (Windsor), too!
Luella Beauty Bar
The babes at Prahran’s Luella Beauty Bar really know their way around a spray tan gun, and they offer a range of different brands including St Tropez, 100% natural Vani-T, and Mine Tan. They know that everyone’s tanning needs are unique, so they’ll happily advise on the best option for you, whether you want just a hint of colour, or a deep, rich shade. They also have several rapid-developing options for time-poor tanners.
Sun Kissed Suse
Our top pick for mobile tanning in Melbourne goes by the marvellous moniker Sun Kissed Suse. Tanning pro Suse will come to you in your very own home, taking convenience to the next level. As well as regular and rapid, two-hour tans, she offers a range of brands including the odourless Black Magic Vibe range. Say so long to spray tan stank.
St Kilda East
The tan is to St Kilda what the bike is to Fitzroy, and one staffer swears Beautyologist on Carlisle Street does it best. No streaks, no orange palms, no choking stench. Better yet, they use the organic Naked Tan range, as well as ECO Tan—Australia's only certified organic spray tan. So you can breathe easy, while becoming beautifully bronzed.
What's a gal to do (or guy, for that matter), when the nearest tanner is just too far away, or getting an appointment outside work hours is a nightmare? Why, call Brown Bodies of course! Melbourne's leading mobile spray tanning company, Brown Bodies, has been servicing the fine folk of Melbourne in their homes since 2006.
Using the fabulous Tuscan Tan, St Tropez and Vani-T faux tan products and a pop-up spray booth, the tanners will work around your schedule, offering flexible and after-hours appointments.
Clover Skin & Body
Popular with local IT girls and the style set, we've heard whispers (more like shouts) that the spray tan at Clover is one of the best in show. The aloe vera enriched Naked Tan will give you a delicious-looking dermis in just two hours, or opt for a traditional 8 hour tan. Whatever you decide, you can be confident the talented 'tanologists' will customise the perfect tan for you.
Miss Chic Beauty
Another salon snagging a spot on our list of Melbourne's best spray tans is Prahran's Miss Chic Beauty. Owner Rihanna Maggs has been tanning for over seven years (read: she knows her stuff) and has developed a unique 'feathering' technique, resulting in a perfectly even, gorgeously glowy tan. With brands such as Vani-T, Moroccan Tan and Eco Tan on hand, Rihanna and her team will have you looked primped, preened and party-ready, stat.
Kim's Beauty Bar
When we put the call out for tips on who does the best spray tan in town, a gem of a friend suggested Kim's Beauty Bar in South Melbourne. What a find! Seriously though, Kim Cowcher knows how to brandish a spray tan gun like it ain't no thang, using the amazing Tuscan Tan to transform your winter white limbs into a superb summer bod. There's no hint of orange here—Tuscan Tan's purple pigment ensures a natural, believable shade of brown.
Skin Deep Beauty Therapy
With salons on both Collins Street and Exhibition Street, Skin Deep Beauty Therapy is our pick for a spray tan in the Melbourne CBD (Kellie, Avryl and Amelia are all particularly awesome!). The team here use Vani-T, an industry-leading brand known for their organic tanning products that deliver a fast and flawless faux glow. At Skin Deep Beauty Therapy there are five different Vani-T shades available, so no matter what your base colour is, you'll walk out with a tan that's just right for you!
Want a rich, golden tan but don't have oodles of time up your sleeve? Feeling Smooth in Port Melbourne offer the Tuscan Tan Rapid, an express tan that develops in 90 minutes, so you can look your bronzed best in literally next to no time. If you've got more time to spare, Feeling Smooth have a few other tanning brands available, including Eco Tan organic spray tan, which develops over a few hours. Hot tip: Ask for Emily or Angelique—both do an ahhhmazing spray tan!
Although they've only been in the business for a few months, SPRAY have garnered quite the following thanks to their convenient mobile spray tan services, delivering bang-on perfect tans in the privacy of your own home. Ellie and Emily, the duo behind SPRAY, have serious skills – they'll spray a little bit here, and a little bit there, until you have a chiselled, bronzed bod that has to be seen to be believed. Highly deserving of their spot on this list of Melbourne's best spray tans.
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