As the season gives way to sunny skies and balmy temperatures, the first breezy slip dresses, shoulder-baring tanks, and micro-bikinis of summer are about to go into heavy rotation. But while the appeal of a lighter, brighter wardrobe is undeniable, those of us still cowering under the security blanket of sheer sleeve, lightweight cardigans, or ankle-grazing skirts may feel a few fleeting pangs of sartorial separation anxiety. Fortunately, the solution for easing the transition into bare legs and exposed collarbones is simple: a subtle coat of color. Even those of us with complexions that veer closer to “silver minnow” than “golden halo” know the wonders of a strategically applied spray tan, with its ability to hide a multitude of sins. Here, we’ve curated a list of the best salons in the country to take you well beyond the pale.
New York City
Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa
This fine airbrush tanning mist is spiked with a tinted aloe-infused moisturizing base that prevents streaks.
171 East Sixty-fifth Street
The Setai Spa
Vita Liberata’s cultish natural formula comes in three pitch-perfect levels: light, medium, and dark.
40 Broad Street
Louise O'Connor Salon
In-house pro Anna Stankiewicz’s foolproof technique and meticulous attention to detail have won her a loyal following of actresses, models, and editors.
33 East Sixty-first Street, Third Floor
When she’s not making Hollywood house calls, Pradas—who's given her signature tan to everyone from Kendall Jenner to Ashley Graham—keeps busy supplying Victoria’s Secret models with their glow at the brand's annual runway show.
Four Seasons at Beverly Hills Spa
Lightning-fast service defines this intimate space: Airbrush pros can deliver an immediate glow in only fifteen minutes. It then deepens over the next five to 12 hours.
300 South Doheny Drive
This place offers custom-blended, chemical-free formulas—plus rooms that feature a cutting-edge air purification system to prevent you from breathing in over-spray.
1030 North Clark Street
The scrub-plus-color treatment starts with head-to-toe exfoliation and a quick rinse in a Vichy shower before color is carefully applied by hand with a sponge to avoid any missed spots.
644 North Lake Shore Drive
Hush Hush Tan
Founder Izabel Wicker’s organic botanical formula includes a skin-healthy blend of Brazilian acai berry, Vitamins C and E, aloe vera, and rosemary.
1502 West Sixth Street
Clients like Romee Strijd and Stella Maxwell request private house calls, or stop by the brick-and-mortar salon for an organic glow.
524 Arthur Godfrey Road, #524
Sobe Tan by Fabiola
Miami-based spray tan expert Fabiola uses a vegan and eco-friendly formula to give her impressive client list—that includes practically everyone from Kim Kardashian West to Jennifer Lopez—an otherworldly, vacation-ready glow.
1220 Twentieth Street, at Anatomy
Sugared + Bronzed
With locations spanning the coasts, this go-to salon has made a name for itself, providing both sugaring (a natural alternative to waxing) in addition to flawless spray tan services that last a week and take just 20 minutes.1120 Walnut Street484.278.1389sugaredandbronzed.com
The Rittenhouse Spa & Club
For a lasting glow, prep with the Pineapple Enzyme Exfoliating Treatment: The fifteen-minute add-on service can help color last a full ten days, instead of the standard week.
210 West Rittenhouse Square