Spray tans can be iffy. If you get a quality spray with even coverage and a tone that doesn’t make you look too orange or too unnaturally brown, you’re golden. Literally. This girl’s spray tan experience was fine…until it wasn’t. And then, oh boy, it really wasn’t!
Good thing she was a good sport and share it with the internet, where she got plenty of laughs and loads of sympathy. Girl, we feel your pain.
17-year-old Skyler Davis was preparing for her senior prom and went to get her first spray tan. Okay, we get it, she wanted to have a nice glow to show off at prom. Ten minutes later, however, things went terribly wrong, when Davis got in a fight with her boyfriend Chris and started crying.
Guess what? When tears run down your freshly spray tanned face, your beautiful new tan goes with it. Yikes.
Davis shared the situation with BuzzFeed, explaining: “Although I have never gotten a spray tan before, I knew it wouldn’t hurt to get one for prom.” What could go wrong, right?
And everything seemed good, as she explained that she was happy with the spa’s application, noting: “When [the tan technician] left everything was good. I was extremely happy with how it turned out. I was no longer pale!”
And then, a small disagreement with her boyfriend had a huge impact. She explained: “As soon as my tears started coming, I saw I had no tissues in my car and knew I was doomed. All of a sudden there were white streaks on my once-tan face. Looking in the mirror, I only began to cry more, and there was absolutely nothing I could do but let the tears roll down my face and completely ruin my spray tan.”
She tweeted the pic and it went crazy viral, landing on Imgur and Reddit. Davis later deleted the tweet, telling BuzzFeed she “had enough fame.” We never thought we’d ever hear anyone ever say they’d had enough fame!
She explained, “I was just a girl with a messed up spray tan, I had no idea this would ever go viral.” Her boyfriend added, “It’s kind of a weird feeling being the source of spray-tan girl’s tears, but I still find the whole situation quite funny.”
Not to worry, she didn’t end up streaky for prom. She said it washed off in the shower, she and her boyfriend made up, and she was back to get re-sprayed the next day. His take on it? “I have to admit it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen,” he said.
A happy ending…and a word of advice: don’t cry after your spray tan!
If you ever find yourself in this situation, there is a bit of good news. The tan technician explained to BuzzFeed that fixing a botched spray tan is not a big deal. Just shower and re-exfoliate the skin, but never put lemon juice on your skin if this happens, the tech warned. She added that Skyler’s reapplication “turned out beautiful.”