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erikacheer
02-06-2010, 03:05 AM
Hello!

I am planning to compete in the bikini division at this year's Arnold Classic. I am feeling a little lost since this will be my first time competing in any bodybuilding event. I thought I would try to connect to some others here who are also entered to talk about tanning, makeup, arrangements and anything/everything related. I also thought it would be nice to arrive on Thursday and know some people.

I have a journal, but in a nutshell: I'm a 42-year-old mom. Been weight training for a year. Never competed before. Taking a risk by wearing an itsy-bitsy bikini in front of hundreds (thousands?) of people. Insane? Perhaps!

What's your story?

Jozeycat
02-06-2010, 03:26 AM
Hi Erica! I'm not competing in the Arnold but I am going to watch the bikini division. I will be competing for my first time on March 20th. I think this is a great idea for a topic. I hope there are others to share. I am planning to do 2 coats of Spray tan at the competition the day before. I don't plan to go to a tanning bed before. I know the final tan will look better with a base tan but I hate tanning beds. Believe it or not but my husband is going to do my nails. He's a graphic designer so he's good at those detail things. I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my makeup. I have no clue how to match the foundation to the tan. I plan on wearing false eyelashes. My suit is blue/tourquoise so I think pink lipstick will go nice. But that's it so far. Erica, I too am a bit nervous to get up on that stage in a tiny bikini. But what the heck we set a goal for ourselves and we are working hard. We are going to rock that stage!!!!

erikacheer
02-06-2010, 02:13 PM
Hi Josephine!

I will be sure to look for you in the audience!

I have been trying to decide how to do the whole tanning thing. I scheduled a spray tan with Jan Tana the day of the show, but it seems to me it will look all smudged by the time evening comes around. Maybe I should do what you're doing. Like you, I'm not going to use a tanning bed -- my skin is starting to look too old and I don't want to make it worse!

Are you doing the NPC show in Cleveland on the 20th?

Scarl3tbutt3rfly
02-06-2010, 05:13 PM
I don't know if this will help or not, but it may regarding the tanning stuff anyway. I just remembered this thread being thrown around awhile back. I myself have always done the tanning bed, starting a 3-4 months before the show than having someone hand apply protan all night the night before the show, then touchups as needed the day of... However, I don't really want the do the tanning bed this year, and want to get sprayed instead of doing hand applications all night, however, I'm so torn on it too, and it is probably my biggest issue of anxiety. So I haven't decided myself. But here is the link, maybe it will help some...

http://www.siouxcountry.com/showthread.php?t=9311

erikacheer
02-06-2010, 07:38 PM
I don't know if this will help or not, but it may regarding the tanning stuff anyway. I just remembered this thread being thrown around awhile back. I myself have always done the tanning bed, starting a 3-4 months before the show than having someone hand apply protan all night the night before the show, then touchups as needed the day of... However, I don't really want the do the tanning bed this year, and want to get sprayed instead of doing hand applications all night, however, I'm so torn on it too, and it is probably my biggest issue of anxiety. So I haven't decided myself. But here is the link, maybe it will help some...

http://www.siouxcountry.com/showthread.php?t=9311


Thanks for the input and the link. I have some Jan Tana I ordered and I'm going to test it out one night this week. I was thinking maybe I could do it the night before. Shower in the morning. Then have the spray tan in the afternoon. Hopefully that will look good.

Jozeycat
02-06-2010, 11:32 PM
Hi Josephine!

I will be sure to look for you in the audience!

I have been trying to decide how to do the whole tanning thing. I scheduled a spray tan with Jan Tana the day of the show, but it seems to me it will look all smudged by the time evening comes around. Maybe I should do what you're doing. Like you, I'm not going to use a tanning bed -- my skin is starting to look too old and I don't want to make it worse!

Are you doing the NPC show in Cleveland on the 20th?

I was originally going to do two coats of spray tan but now I'm thinking to do the same like you. I've heard of people suggesting to do the sponge tan yourself and then the spray tan after. I'm not sure what the difference is between doing 2 spay coats or 1 sponge and 1 spray? I hope someone has some insite on this. The rep from Jan Tana told me it would be better to spay the night before so it will have time to dry. The spray tan can take 24 hrs to dry completely. She said if I spray right before I might still be sticky. But if you are only doing one coat it might not be an issue. The rep also said if I need a touch up we can do it the morning of the competition.

Jozeycat
02-07-2010, 12:11 AM
I don't know if this will help or not, but it may regarding the tanning stuff anyway. I just remembered this thread being thrown around awhile back. I myself have always done the tanning bed, starting a 3-4 months before the show than having someone hand apply protan all night the night before the show, then touchups as needed the day of... However, I don't really want the do the tanning bed this year, and want to get sprayed instead of doing hand applications all night, however, I'm so torn on it too, and it is probably my biggest issue of anxiety. So I haven't decided myself. But here is the link, maybe it will help some...

http://www.siouxcountry.com/showthread.php?t=9311

Thanks for the link it was helpful.

Here's another link about Protan and spray tan. Also I think if you shower Erica you might lose some of your color. I could be a trade off if it will make you feel fresher.

Meggan Clay
02-07-2010, 03:16 PM
Hello! I am a bikini competitor and highly recommend Liquid Sun Rayz! Beautiful color!! You can book appointments online and she also has a link under the arnold classic forum!

erikacheer
02-08-2010, 03:02 AM
Hello! I am a bikini competitor and highly recommend Liquid Sun Rayz! Beautiful color!! You can book appointments online and she also has a link under the arnold classic forum!

Hi Meggan! Thanks for the suggestion. I will check it out!

Also, I see that you live in Columbus, too. I work out at Lifetime Fitness and have a personal trainer there. I am also doing some posing classes with Julie Palmer and Mike Davies at Metro Fitness. Where do you train? Have you competed much before this? This is all new to me. I don't have dreams of becoming a pro; I'm just loving the challenge and hoping to prove that 42 can still be sexy!!

DocVenus
02-09-2010, 10:59 PM
Hi, Erika!

I'm competing at the Arnold Amateur in Bikini as well this year...short class. I'm a 38-year-old physician, specializing in physical medicine & rehab. I've been competing in fitness, figure, and bikini competitions (moving between divisons throughout the years, usually due to injury) since 1997. I think it's AWESOME that as a 42-year-old mom you are ready to take on the challenge of competing for the first time!

I agree that Liquid Sun Rayz is great! I've used them for 3 national-level contests now, and I've always been happy with my color on stage. I generally get one-coat (as I already have a "natural" tan) the day of the contest. At national shows (including the Arnold Amateur) there are always ProTan staff members backstage to touch you up before you go out on stage. I think that it's so wonderful that they offer this to competitors free of charge...such a blessing! So I've found that the spray tan I get the day of the show still looks great that night, as long as I get touched up by the ProTan staff before I walk on stage.

-Venus

erikacheer
02-09-2010, 11:39 PM
Hi, Erika!

I'm competing at the Arnold Amateur in Bikini as well this year...short class. I'm a 38-year-old physician, specializing in physical medicine & rehab. I've been competing in fitness, figure, and bikini competitions (moving between divisons throughout the years, usually due to injury) since 1997. I think it's AWESOME that as a 42-year-old mom you are ready to take on the challenge of competing for the first time!

I agree that Liquid Sun Rayz is great! I've used them for 3 national-level contests now, and I've always been happy with my color on stage. I generally get one-coat (as I already have a "natural" tan) the day of the contest. At national shows (including the Arnold Amateur) there are always ProTan staff members backstage to touch you up before you go out on stage. I think that it's so wonderful that they offer this to competitors free of charge...such a blessing! So I've found that the spray tan I get the day of the show still looks great that night, as long as I get touched up by the ProTan staff before I walk on stage.

-Venus

Hi Venus!! Thanks so much for the feedback on the tanning!

That's so great that you are 38 and doing bikini! I've been feeling a bit nervous that everyone will be 22 and I'll look like an old lady. However, judging from your picture, you LOOK like you're 22! I think it's incredible that you manage to train and compete while working as a physician, too. WOW!:respect:

I look forward to meeting you on Thursday. I'm a shorty myself (4'10" 89 lbs) so we'll be in the same class.

erikacheer
02-09-2010, 11:42 PM
Venus, I just took a peek at your webpage. We have something else besides bodybuilding in common: Lord of the Rings and Star Wars! Listed on facebook as my favorite movie trilogies!!

NYCStrongFox
02-09-2010, 11:49 PM
Glad you ladies are competing at the Arnold. Good idea on starting this thread Erika so we can hear more from our bikini competitors and read their competition stories.

Good luck ladies. I will be there Thursday evening (will be there early), so I hope to see many of you there. You can't miss me for I'll be wearing a Siouxcountry.com shirt!!

liquid sun rayz
02-10-2010, 02:07 AM
Just a little input here for you gals that are new. I have found that generally, bikini competitors are fine getting sprayed the day of, as long as you do it a good 4 hours before the show. That is the best scenario. I have done girls as little as an hour and a half before going on stage...but I don't like to! All products can be a little different as far as drying time goes, and they all will develop darker after several hours. Your starting skin tone can also determine whether you will need one coat or two, like Venus said. If you are going to need more than one, then I highly reccomend doing it the morning of and no later than early afternoon before pre judging.

Hope that helps a little, and good luck to you all!!

Will be great to see you again too Venus!!

Marilyn

fitfox17
02-11-2010, 05:57 PM
Hi Venus!! Thanks so much for the feedback on the tanning!

That's so great that you are 38 and doing bikini! I've been feeling a bit nervous that everyone will be 22 and I'll look like an old lady. However, judging from your picture, you LOOK like you're 22! I think it's incredible that you manage to train and compete while working as a physician, too. WOW!:respect:

I look forward to meeting you on Thursday. I'm a shorty myself (4'10" 89 lbs) so we'll be in the same class.

Just bring that self confidence and you will be great, you will not be out of place at all. I didn't start competing in bikini until I was 29 (way past that now...ahem) and one thing I've grown to love about this industry is that you see all ages and walks of life represented! I did amateur figure at the arnold in 2008 and I am competing in bikini this year. I think I will be in a medium class (I'm 5'5").

As a makeup artist and airbrush tanning specialist, all the recommendations posted here are on point. One thing about bikini too is that you generally don't have to be as dark as figure. For your face, if you are not used to doing drag or stage makeup, hire someone!!! Ususally I offer this service to competitors and I cannot not tell you how many have told me that its a saving grace to not have to worry about it. As a makeup artist, doing my own makeup for a show is how I relax and "become at one with myself" before getting onstage, but for others that don't have the skill it can be nerve wracking!

Hope this helps and good luck!

liquid sun rayz
02-12-2010, 06:47 PM
I totally agree on the make up!! I see so many girls look washed out because they do not have proper make up for stage, and their faces just disappear up there. You work so hard for that moment on stage....don't compromise any of those important details;)