Spring is one of our favorite seasons for plenty of reasons: new beauty launches, warmer weather, more frequent helpings of ice cream and glowy, sunkissed skin. While we’re not on board with basking in the sun unless we’re lathered in SPF from head to toe, we know many of our readers are looking to get their summer tan on. Contrary to popular belief, tanning doesn’t need to involve harmful rays or sunburns. Instead, we’re advocators of self-tanning as long as you use the right techniques and quality products like St. Tropez Pre Shower Mousse for the easiest application ever or L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion for an instant bronzy glow — and yes, using a mit is key.
Now that you have the information you need to make your most successful self-tan happen, we encourage you to check out our 10 favorite #SelfTannerFails from Twitter. We have a strong feeling some of you might be able to relate.
My legs look like they have tiger stripes. #selftannerfail— Mandi (@am_fox) May 10, 2018
In a attempt to look a little less like a vampire I put on self tanner. No tan in sight, but at least I smell like soy sauce! #fail— Diora Baird (@DioraBaird) July 10, 2013
So I tried a new self-tanner today.— Jenn Wallis (@DameWallis) July 4, 2016
It was a massive fail.
I currently look like this: pic.twitter.com/du0v9PkFdT
OMG. I've committed a cardinal sin in the beauty world. Nervous for an early am mtg, I forgot to wash the self-tanner off my hands. #fail— blueberries+bronzer (@bluberrybronzer) January 25, 2011
Self tanner can either look bomb or be an epic fail . There is no in between— HALtheWH🐳LE (@HaleySchomber) December 8, 2015
Life Lesson 11/25/17: Don’t apply self tanner when the light is dim...can’t see the mistakes you may have made until you wake up and then say ..... oh boy!!— Erin Myers (@erinmyers) November 25, 2017
So, as it turns out, the gradual self-tan is not quite that gradual. #fail— Fran Taljaard (@frantaljaard) December 17, 2009
when you mistake your face wash for your self tanner— Brooke McMinn (@brookemcminn) April 17, 2017
Pro tip: don’t self tan then go out into the rain— Cydney Elizabeth (@CydneyE) May 15, 2018
Note to self: Remember to pluck full eyebrows into desired shape before getting tan. Otherwise, they are not tan underneath. Even though it looks funny AF, I am too old to make the same mistake every year. #personalgrowth— Monica McCallan (@MonicaMcCallan) February 20, 2018
And if you’re still not entirely confident in your self tanning abilities (or just need to see how it’s done IRL) check out the below tutorial by beauty and lifestyle vlogger Jess Conte.