Well, it’s that special time of year when I reveal my legs and people run screaming. That zombie shade of pale certainly does nothing for me, and thus before I went to Austin last month for Texas Style Council, I picked up a card in my lobby left by a mysterious stranger promising a natural glow.
Her name is Laura. She lives on the 7th floor. She lives downstairs from me. And yes, I had totally seen her before … but I had no idea she was a PROFESSIONAL AIRBRUSH TANNING EXPERT. (She’s also a pro makeup artist and blogger - see it all at Lo & Co.).
If you’ve never done airbrush tanning because you were terrified of turning orange, rethink everything. This is not the booth where you walk in, hit the Oompa Loompa button and pray. This is bespoke, custom-mixed, hand-applied glow-giving tanning.
The spray is misted on by hand in the comfort of Laura’s super-chill space, and develops over about 8 hours. You’re instantly tan, but the surface color washes away when you shower and you’re left with color that lasts about a week. (You can extend it with Jergens Natural Glow-type products). You can strip down or bring a cheap bikini you don’t care about, or undies, if you want natural-looking tanlines.
I’ve done airbrush tanning before so I knew it was amazing, but Laura’s application was especially flawless and I loved that we decided to go light. It looked very natural, especially my face. A perfectly tanned face?? So transformative! Bonus: Laura only uses organic tanner.
Normally the service is $80 (which is very reasonable for NYC), but if you mention Cult of Pretty it’s only $60. If you have an event or whatnot, don’t buy a new dress - get a tan. Trust.
Also, if you come be in touch and I’ll come down and say HI!
Does this: Flawless, bespoke, organic airbrush tanning in NYC
Is this: Laura Nadeau of Lo & Co.
Get this: Contact Laura here for an appointment - located in lower Manhattan right by the N, R, 1, and 5 trains
Price: $60 if you mention Cult of Pretty