Summer is officially here, and if you’re like us, you enjoy the beach more when your epidermis is, you know, not printer paper white. But who wants to lay out or flirt with skin cancer at a tanning salon? Not us. Which is why we were psyched to hear that airbrush tans, thanks to people like New York City spray tan-ista Courtney Glo, are now being delivered. We realize this is a lot to process, so we’ll just let her explain, while showing off her own lovely complexion, in this Q&A gallery. She makes a pretty compelling case, no?
MADE MAN: How did you get into airbrush tanning? COURTNEY GLO: I’ve been into health my whole life. After college, I started working at a tanning salon, and they started airbrushing there. I learned how to airbrush, and I loved it. It’s absolutely amazing.
MM: When did you start your business? CG: January. I was just thinking that I would love to do mobile airbrushing. It just seemed so convenient for people, especially in the city.
MM: What percentage of your business is guys? CG: I would say a quarter. A lot of businessmen going on vacation. And I can just see their self-confidence rise. Many people don’t want others to know they are getting a spray-tan, so I will travel to them in the privacy of their home. And I can do the lightest shade if you want to do it on the down low.
MM: You have a portable booth? CG: Oh yes. I have a little machine with a hose and a gun and a four-by-four tanning tent that you just pop up and open when you get to your destination.
MM: What’s in the gun? CG: DHA [dihydroxyacetone], which is an all-natural, sugar-based solution that mixes with the top layer of your skin and turns it brown.
MM: How long does it take to spray someone? CG: Ten minutes. Less time than a haircut.
MM: How long does it last? CG: Five to eight days. And I always explain maintenance: don’t take super-long hot showers, air dry, don’t go in a hot tub or sauna, always moisturize. And I use a moisture lock after I spray, which really helps hold the color.
MM: And you don’t look like an orange freak the first day? CG: Spray tans have come a long way. The tan shows up immediately and gets darker over the next four hours. So you’d want to do it at least four hours before an event. I’d say eight.
MM: Is there an ideal time of day to do it? CG: Early in the day if you have time, or before bed. Make sure to put a towel down so it doesn’t rub off on your sheets. But it washes out of every material except silk and wool.
MM: What are the advantages over the alternatives? CG: The color is absolutely amazing. I can’t achieve this nice golden color in the sun. It doesn’t age your skin. A lot of guys don’t have time to lay out in the sun, but I say if you can’t tone it, tan it! Because it makes you look better no matter what shape you’re in. And I can contour and shade to make your muscles look good.
MM: How many levels do you have? CG: There are three levels, and then you can adjust how much solution you’re letting out of the gun. So I can do just a glow, a very light bronze, light, light medium, medium, dark, extremely dark...
MM: How much does it cost? CG: My business is one-hundred-fifty dollars. Because I’m going to them, using the top service, the top product, top everything, twenty-four/seven. I’m known for making people feel comfortable and giving the best service I possibly can. It just makes me so happy to see someone else so happy and confident. And right now for new clients, I’m doing buy one get one.
MM: What’s the effect if I get a spray tan and then go to the beach. Am I gonna get burned? CG: Lather on the SPF. Don’t use oil. The spray tan doesn’t protect you from the sun even though you look tan.
MM: Do you have to be naked? CG: I offer disposable thongs for females and disposable briefs for men. And people also go nude so they don’t have tan lines.
MM: Anything we haven’t covered? CG: Yeah, we’re going to be donating to fight skin cancer. We have links to make charity donations on my site, courtneyglo.com. And hey, you’re busy enough today, let me deliver your spray!