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Fake a Tan

Which of the city’s tanning parlors really turn you into a bronze goddess within an hour? And which leave you looking, well, orange? We took before-and-after shots at five different salons, from Bliss’s hundred-dollar luxury to Hollywood Tans’ six-second quickie.


Bliss Spa
Airbrush Auto-Bronzing; $100
Friends noticed the glowing color, and it faded like a natural tan. Lasted one week on the body, three days on the face.

Completely Bare
Sculpted Tan; $75
Tan looked natural, but it lasted less than a week. Uneven fadeósome body parts turned pale before others.

Paul Labreque Salon & spa
Air Bronzing; $75
The tan came out very evenly. It faded after a week, with the feet getting splotchy first.

City Sun Tanning
CalTan AutoBronzer; $39
There was distinct color, and the tester came out evenly tanned. Tan lasted an entire week.

Hollywood Tans
6-Second Instant Spray; $29
No noticeable difference in skin color. Whatever tan was there faded in a few days.

See also:
How to Have Sexy Summer Feet


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