VERTICAL SPRAY TANNING INSTRUCTIONS
Welcome to the world of spray tanning! The following instructions are designed to be a
starting point. You will soon develop your own style and technique. Remember no one
sprays perfectly the first time; practice your technique on several people before you begin
spraying paying clients.
Adjust the solution control knob so the right amount of product is sprayed out – not too
much as the application will be too wet, and not too light as there won’t be enough
product coverage. Practice speed of spraying – when you go slow product builds up and
appears too wet, when you go too fast, not enough product is applied. It should appear as
an even mist, providing an even coverage on the skin.
A few points to remember when spraying:
Keep the gun the same distance away from the body the entire time (about 6-8
inches away.) Keep the gun straight.
Keep a steady, consistent speed over the entire body and ensure the gun is moving
before you depress the trigger.
Your wrist should be kept in one position; all movements must be done from the
shoulder. Move your body in line with the area you are spraying and follow the
The skin should look damp, NOT WET, from the product as it’s applied to the
body. A good guide is to measure solution to make sure you’re using approx. 1 ½
to 2 oz. of solution per application.
Feet, hands and face should be sprayed from slightly farther away and with a
quicker movement. The hands and feet tend to be drier, so will absorb and hold
color more easily. A soft, disposable towel patted lightly in these areas will help
After clients have prepped, you can have them stand on a white hand towel or sticky feet
to protect the solution from adhering to the bottom of their feet. Position your client in
front of you, standing with their feet firmly on ground, and with their legs apart
approximately hip width.
BACK OF BODY
Spray lightly down the back of neck. Working from the shoulder to the hip, cover the
entire back. If need be, spray down the back of the triceps also, as this is sometimes
missed from the front.
Spraying from the hip, have your client slightly bend at the waist to remove crease under
buttocks, and continue down the leg to just above the ankle. Make sure to dry crease area
before client stands up. Swipe very lightly and quickly down back of foot. Ensure entire
back leg is sprayed, and if need be, have your client turn their foot inwards so that you
can spray the inner thigh from the rear.
REPEAT ON OTHER LEG
SIDES OF BODY AND ARMS
Have client look straight forward and tilt head to side. Swipe quickly down side of neck
(making sure you get into hairline), and down the top of shoulder.
Holding your client’s wrist, spray from shoulder to wrist on top of arms. Turn the arm
and spray the inside of the arm from shoulder to wrist. Turn the opposite way and spray
the outside of arm (forearm) stopping at wrist (letting go of trigger when getting close
and backing away). Have your client hold their arm up in the air with wrist back and
spray the underside of the arm, flicking the color into the underarm area very lightly, then
down the side of the torso and breast. Hold the arm out until dry.
Working from the hip, spray down the sides of the leg to color area. Flick the spray into
the ankle only once as feet tend to take the color if oversprayed.
REPEAT ON OTHER SIDE
FRONT OF BODY
With client lifting head back, swipe very quickly and lightly down front of neck.
Working from the top of shoulder and collar bone to hips, make steady passes to color the
chest and midriff. If client is large breasted, have them raise their arms or cup the breasts
up and spray underneath first. Hold until dry. Follow the contours of the body and spray
down and slightly over underwear (if worn).
Starting from the hip, work down the front of the leg to the ankle. If you find it a little
difficult to begin with, divide the leg into two halves – hip to knee, knee to ankle. Spray
very lightly over knees with a much faster movement. If it appears client will have lines
in knees due to skin folds, have client bend knees, one at a time, and lightly spray,
blending in creases with a soft cloth.
Notice the color being applied to the body. At the point where the color stops, make
another pass down the leg. Imagine you are painting with a paint brush. Do this until the
entire front of the leg is sprayed.
INSIDE OF LEG
Turn the foot outwards and spray down the inner thigh and calf. Flick the spray into the
inside of the ankle only once as feet tend to take the color if oversprayed.
TOPS OF FEET
Spray feet, one foot at a time with two quick passes from ankle to toes. Make one pass
slightly to the left hand side of the foot, one to the right. This should be a much faster
movement than the rest of the body. You do not want to overspray the feet. It’s a good
idea to wipe toenails afterwards with a baby wipe or a soft cloth. Another option would
be to apply a barrier cream ahead of time.
With fingers spread apart and clawed as if they’re holding an apple, make two passes
over the hands, one to the left hand side, and one to the right hand side. It helps to pat
hand with a soft cloth to blend and then to wipe fingernails with a baby wipe or the soft
cloth. Another option would be to apply a barrier cream ahead of time.
Instruct the client to close their eyes, breathe in and hold their breath while relaxing their
face. If client does not relax their face, it can make for some interesting tan lines. Spray
down the front of the face, then the right side of the face, then the left side, all working
top to bottom, making sure you spray into hair line. These should be quick passes. After
client takes a breath, repeat - after they take another breath in and hold their breath while
relaxing their face - by spraying face one more time. After spraying face, it helps to pat
face with a soft cloth so solution doesn’t pool up into large pores. Disposable towels are
great for this.
Now apply a second coat of solution to your client exactly how you applied the first coat
BUT much, much quicker and lighter.
Have your client slowly turn to make sure they have a nice even application and be
certain you’ve applied enough solution.
Ensure your client is dry enough before they put their clothes on.