The other good thing about a natural tan not created by a bottle of self tanner or bronzer is, it will always be the correct undertone. Nature's way of developing your melanin will never turn you orangey or make your skin tone look dirty or thick.
The beauty benefits:
Here is what a little bit of color can do for you. You don't have to go the "tanorexic" route. (Please don't!)
Make you appear slimmer.
Your teeth will appear whiter.
You hair may get some nice, natural highlights.
Bring out your eyes.
Give you an inner glow.
All good things!
Let's break it down into how each seasonal category can look their best with some color. :
True Winters and True Summers have cool palettes. Bronzer and self tanners will be at complete odds with your palette, so stick to developing natural color if desired. You should get a nice rosy light brown glow if you do tan, depending upon your beginning skin tone. Your pinks, cherries, fuchsias and blues will stay in harmony with you as a result.
True Autumns and True Springs look great with tanned skin. True Autumns can freely indulge in bronzing powders. They are the golden goddesses among us! True Springs need to have a lighter hand with bronzing products, since it is easy for them to look muddy. Clarity and lightness are paramount in this case.
Dark Autumns and Bright Springs contain the most diverse group of women I have ever seen, so whether you want to use bronzers or self tanners is individual. I personally think Dark Autumns can better use bronzer than a Bright Spring. A Dark Autumn looks drop dead gorgeous with a tan. Bright Springs need to go easy on the powders, making sure the application is sheer.
Light Summer and Light Spring are truly "less is more" seasons. Chances are good, if anyone either has a hard time tanning or burns easily, it is these two seasons. If you are able to tan, don't overdo it. A gentle application of the lightest bronzing powder you can find is a good bet.
Dark Winters and Bright Winters are very close in palette to True Winter. Bronzers and self tanners in general are too warm and heavy on you. Opt instead for your natural undertones. You can insure your palette will stay in harmony with you as a result.
Soft Autumns can't successfully take on the metallic glow of their True Autumn sister. Because your palette has that bit of Summer influence, if you do want to use bronzer, bring your palette with you to double check for harmony. Soft Summers need to steer clear of self tanners and bronzing products, because it is at odds with the muted, rosy undertone they are known for. Go for your natural color, in this case.
If you DO decide to tan (your choice, of course) how do you use your palette? The warmer pinks, corals, greens, oranges and golds will be great places to try colors you may have not given a thought to before. You may be able to wear colors a little bit brighter in tone than your color space. You will have to experiment to see what works best for you.
It is officially Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Don't be fearful of some safe, moderate sun exposure! Your health and well being depend on it! The physical enhancements are merely icing on the cake!