by Alexis Korman - 110 Reviews - 7 List
Afraid to go outside this summer for fear that your pale, pasty skin will blind the neighbors? Tanning booths and excessive sunbathing have gone the way of the cigarette (unhealthy and a bit passe), but spray tans provide a safe alternative. And forget the one-shade-fits-all, Oompa Loompa-esque orange color; at these five top spray tan joints in New York, you're guaranteed a healthy, bronzed glow. (Photo: Sundara Airbrush Tanning)
Updated: June 23, 2010
This tiny Hell's Kitchen salon features the services of the talented tanning guru Natalie Cupid. She'll instruct you to strip down (bikinis are optional for the modest, though tan lines may prove troublesome), stand like you're getting frisked at the airport and customize an envy-producing bronze shade to flatter your skin tone. Her velocity quick-dry treatment cuts the drying time in half--meaning you can shower in a few hours.
With a roster that reads like a Hollywood Who's Who, this Madison Avenue spot delivers expert treatment to all of its clients. A variety of customizable shades are carefully airbrushed onto bare skin in less than 30 minutes, providing even the palest of beauties with a subtle, believable tan. Don't be surprised if you see celebs and models in the waiting room: This is why they look good year-round!
Although this modern midtown tanning salon chain offers traditional UV, lie-down tanning beds, it also features affordable airbrush application (the introductory offer is three spray tans for $99) that's done by hand for a gorgeous glow. Six Manhattan locations ensure you'll always get an appointment, or you can try the Autobronzer tanning machine, which applies color in less than a New York minute!
Nightlife impresario Steve Lewis is behind this sleek, clubby tanning salon, outfitted with cabin-style wood accents and muscled, Chelsea-boy staff. A range of tanning services are available (along with extras like chilled water and towels), and Nikki, the airbrush-wielding spray tan goddess, will contour your abs in a custom-designed shade--if you're lucky enough to score an appointment. With so many celebs speed-dialing her on a regular basis, that may prove challenging.
They say you can have anything delivered in New York. Case in point: an airbrush tan. The perfect solution for those who are afraid of being seen in a tanning salon (or those who prefer to strip down in their own apartments), this mobile spray tan service will set up a tent in your home and give you an all-over glow. La Viva Glam is available for individual and group sessions, though we've never really thought of tanning as a group activity.