Let us start off by saying that self-tanners, at their best, are awesome. And the newest formulas are easier to apply and better-looking than ever before (check our favorites), so mistakes happen pretty rarely. But last week an Allure colleague, whose identity we will protect, came into work with a self-tanning disaster.
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The color itself? Fine. The problem was her rushed application. Her skin was streaked, with actual drip marks on her legs, and her feet looked like she'd spent the morning running barefoot through dusty clay fields (she'd actually spent the morning using scrubs, lemon juice, and alpha hydroxy acid creams in an attempt to minimize the damage).
For the record, this was not a doofy Ross Geller moment in a spray-tan booth; this was an editor who's used self-tanner tons of times and usually loves the results. She ultimately evened things out with a gradual tanner and is happily-and evenly-bronzed now. But if it can happen to her, it can happen to any of us.
So have you ever forgotten to follow the instructions and had a self-tanning screw-up?
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