Many of us are all too familiar with the feeling of stepping out of the tanning salon after being basted a deep shade of mahogany in prep for a big event.
You’re sticky, smell faintly of biscuits and are walking around in loose clothing to minimise the inevitable rub-off.
Chances are you’ll also want to hibernate for a bit until the glow dies down because the immediate after-effect can be a little…intense, to say the least.
But spare a thought for Skyler Davis, who actually went into hiding after her fake-tan-fail-photo went viral.
The 17-year-old from Ohio opted to have a spray tan before her prom, but had a tiff with her boyfriend which led to a stream of tears ruining her sun-kissed hue.
And by ruin, we mean it’s pretty obvious that she shed more than a few tears, as you can see below.
Speaking to Buzzfeed after the photo Skyler shared on Twitter was picked up on Reddit and Imgur and shared thousands of times, the teen said: ‘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.’
And the worst part is, that was Skyler’s FIRST ever spray tan.
We reckon she’ll be put off for life – but at least she now knows that a fake tan should never be done so close to a big event.
Luckily though, this story of tan-terror has a happy ending; Skyler and her boyfriend made up (he said the tan-fail was the ‘funniest thing he’d ever seen’ FYI, so it’s nice to know they bonded), she re-booked a new tan, and the couple attended prom together, and took lots of streak-free photos. Awwww.
Skyler’s since deleted the now infamous photo though, stating that she’s had ‘enough fame’. Yeah it looks like things escalated pretty quickly…
There are quite a few lessons to be learned here…
By Georgina Lawton