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Ladies: How to get ready for the Melbourne Cup

Getting race time ready

That time of year is upon us again and everyone is in a mad rush to make sure they are ready for the races.

Get a hat

Nerida Winter is Australia’s most famous milliner. She is not only known for her exquisite, stylish hat designs but also from the slew of celebrities that don them.

Nerida blends haute couture with racewear, her beautiful creations often grace the pages of leading international fashion magazines. Nerida is synonymous with the races and Fashion on the Field. Nerida has a beautiful botique here in Double Bay for more information please check out her website here.

Get a dress


Make up

Keeping your makeup intact is a challenge at the best of times but out on the track throw in sun, rain, alcohol, kissing (be it of the real or air varieties)  and glistening (know in some circles as sweat) it’s a whole different ball game.

Spray Tanning

Spray tanning has become a racing tradition and easy to understand why with Spring finally bring warmer days and less modest coverings.



The Tan Appeal Studios

Our Studios

The Tan Appeal Studios are located in the heart of Double Bay on Knox St.

We are open late and are open most weekdays and weekends.

Appointments are necessary.

What is a custom spray tan?

A custom spray tan is a consultative one-on-one process with a qualified tan technician. Each tan is personalized according to one’s unique skin tone and preferences.  The technician uses a specialized spray applicator, which evenly coats the sunless solution to the body.


By allowing a professional to apply the spray solution you can ensure a flawless even application, especially on hard to reach areas such as the back.   A spray tan sessions including drying time usually takes 10-15 minutes and results can be expected to last 7 – 10 days




Spray Tan Recommendations


In order to achieve the best tan possible we recommend taking the following steps:

Prior to a tan


One should exfoliate paying special attention to dry areas especially knees and elbows, all hair removal should take place at least at least a few hours in advance. Skin should be clean and free of any make up, moisturizers and deodorant.

After Application


Please remember to bring dark loose fitting clothes for after your tan. It is recommended not showering for a prescribed amount of time after the spray tan is applied this generally ranges from 1 – 8 hours  (you should ask your tan technician if unsure)

In terms of tan preservation we advise avoiding beach sand, swimming in chlorinated water, hot baths with harsh soaps or other activities that cause skin exfoliation. Moisturizing is crucial to maintaining the longevity of your tan.

This Blog

Me, Myself and I


Tarryn is a Eastern suburbs local where she studied beauty and first applied her trade.

Tarryn is the owner and operator of spray tan power house Tan Appeal in Knox St.

When she isn’t the salon, she can be found spending time in the shops, cafes and beaches of Double Bay in the company of a charming King Charles Caviler Spaniel, Bentley.

My Mission


Hi guys,

My name is Tarryn and welcome to my blog.

I have created this forum to discuss all things beauty but specifically skin and melanin. Here I’ll share all I’ve gleaned working in beauty industry. I want this to be a place where we can have light-hearted exchanges as well as a method to answer some of your most daunting tanning questions and advice on beauty and share my general day to day experiences in Double Bay.

I hope you all enjoy.

The science behind a spray tan


Tanning 101: Be Bronzed, Be Brainy…

The composition of Spray Tan Formula

The main ingredient found in all formulas is dihydroxyacetone or DHA for short.


The Process

The DHA bonds to the upper layer of skin creating a brown colour. It is important to note DHA does not increase or alter melanin levels. The brown colouring is a reaction between DHA, oxygen and skin proteins. The chemical reaction is very similar in nature to the browning process a sliced apple browns undergoes after being exposed to the air. The concentration of DHA within a spray tan formula typically determines the colour intensity. When skin sheds its dead cells, the tan fades naturally. Typically lasts 7 – 10 days depending on the individual’s skin exfoliation cycle and tan maintenance routine (this will be discussed in length in a future article).


Worth noting

DHA is actually a transparent when in it’s raw form. Bronzer is added to spray tan formula in order to assist the tan technician to know exactly which areas have been covered and quantity when applying a tan. The bronzer does not remain on the skin and can be seen running off during your first shower. One should only shower after the prescribed amount of time to ensure the chemical bond of the formula has enough time to take place. Depending on the formula used and it’s DHA content this is typically some where between one and eight hours.


Safety concerns

Various studies have indicated that the skin becomes more susceptible to UV rays for the first few days after application. Most spray tan formulas do not contain any UV or sun protection properties, necessary precautions are advised whenever exposing yourself to these elements. We always recommend using a high range sunscreen to protect yourself especially if you are going to be out in the sun.

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