Spray tanning is the safest way to escape the gloom of the cooler months and give our skin that sun-kissed sheen minus the harmful rays. There’s absolutely no excuse to look pasty in the lead up to summer, with these need-to-know places for a fake it til’ you make it faux glow.

Beach Street Tanning, Paddington

The latest and greatest tanning salon, that’s recently opened its doors in the heart of Oxford St. When you enter the doors of this luxe lounge, you’ll be instantly transported to a tropical paradise, with its thoroughly thought out decor of beachy neutrals complimented by splashes of jade throughout. There are a few things that set this salon apart, starting with complimentary Mimosa on arrival, as well as private lounge for special occasions or couples that would like a little privacy with their tan. The tanning experience however, is something on another level with s a brief consult with your tanning expert to get your ideal colour match – they want to know if you’d be more disappointed if you were too dark or too light which really impressed us! Co-owner Lauren is a tanning whizz, having been in the tanning game since it’s inception and being an integral part in the success of  Tan Temple and Sunescape. She’ll mix and match the perfect formula, using an array of different tan brands and also prime you up and finish you off with an Aloe mist to lock in colour and add a surge of moisture. The experience is VIP from start to finish, without the hefty price tag, with full body tans starting at $47.

Tan Temple, Bondi Beach

The service at this Bondi institution is second-to-none because spray tanning is all they do and they’ve really nailed it! The girls are all so professional and friendly, ask anyone from locals to celebs and they’ll rave about Jac and Ess who’ve got a sixth sense for the art of spray tanning. Nothing is left to chance at Tan Temple, from a proper consultation on arrival that determines the best colour for your desired effect to the “tan commandments” cheat sheet that you receive when you leave, to ensure your tan goes the distance. They use one of our favourite tan brands Sunescape, which boasts colours like a Weekend in Bondi, Week in Fiji and Month in Maui and provides you with the most natural looking tan. Its seamless shades are on point and never look streaky or orange, whilst leaving your skin with a heavenly caramel scent. The girls take the time to ensure every crevice of your body is coated to perfection as well as providing you with foot pads and carefully covering your elbows, palms and nails with tan-resistant cream to prevent any unwelcome patches. One of the best bits is the salon’s late night opening hours which means you don’t have to sacrifice your evening plans for a tan. It’s no wonder this boutique’s earned its award winning reputation and cult status – we’re hooked!

The Parlour Room, Clovelly

The vibe in this salon is buzzing from the moment you step through its designer doors, as you’re welcomed by friendly staff who are busily tending to the talons of its high-profile clientele. This is a full service beauty parlour which specialises in an array of treatments including nails, brows, waxing, make-up and of course our beloved spray tan. TechnoTan is the much-loved brand on offer, which suits all skin colours and comes in a variety of shades in either express or the original overnight (eight hour) formula. Nat and her professional staff ensure complete comfort and a pampering experience to remember with their impeccable attention to detail and amazing service. The Parlour Room also offers convenient late night operating hours so all your primping and preening needs are covered right in time for the weekend. Everything at this place feels luxe and spliced with a touch of fun, with treatments carefully crafted for a most indulgent and VIP experience.

Ciao Bella, Surry Hills

Located conveniently in the outskirts of the city, this is one of the original spray tan salons that’s been around for decades and mastered the craft of the perfect tan. Ciao Bella has one of the largest ranges of tanning brands in the tanosphere, so there’s a colour and type to suit all complexions and skin types. If you’ve got oily skin and want a natural looking tan Fake Bake is your answer or for a subtle glow for your wedding day, St Tropez is the way! Moroccan Tan will take you to new heights in tanning and Naked Tan will give you a naturally formulated spray. The professional staff will prescribe just the right cocktail for you that will leave you looking and feeling like a bronzed goddess.

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