IT’S a practically a beauty rite of passage to overdo it on the fake tan front at one point or another.
But while the majority of beauty fans only have to put up with their temporary orange complexion for a few days at most, one fake tan novice ended up looking like a “walking Dorito” for two WEEKS after her attempt to restore her summer glow spectacularly backfired.
Fair-skinned Ellena Brice was following her friends’ instructions when she bought the darkest fake tan in the range[/caption]
Although Ellena Brice, 18, is no stranger to a spray tan, this was her first time using fake tan products at home.
The make-up artist, from Orpington, Greater London, was following her pal’s advice when she purchased the darkest shade in the range.
Ellena said: “I was so pale and was going out for a meal so wanted something to make me feel a bit better. So I asked my friends advice of what to get and didn’t even think about how the colour would look on me.”
Despite slathering it all over her skin and leaving it on the for the recommended time, Ellena didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when the tan turned her bright orange. Awks.
The make-up artist usually gets professional spray tans[/caption]
Ellena was horrified by how the tan clogged her pores and dyed her upper lip[/caption]
She added: “It looked disgusting – it was all in my pores, I had a brown hair upper lip – I was literally a walking Dorito!”
Needless to say, Ellena set about furiously exfoliating her skin to tone down some of the orange – but had little success.
“I was exfoliating my skin until it bleed but then I was starting to look like a loaf of tiger bread my skin started going crusty,” she said.
To make matters worse, the make-up artist had to start using darker toned foundation while the tan faded.
Ellena has now sworn off all fake tanning for the foreseeable future[/caption]
While Ellena spent two weeks adjusting to her fresh orange, her friends and family found the whole thing hilarious.
She said: “My friends just thought it was funny and typical of me.
“But my family and my mum’s friends reactions were worst as they’re older so they were mortified!”
Unsurprisingly, Ellena will be steering clear of tanning products for the foreseeable future.
She added: “After that incident I’ve decided not to fake tan ever again – I’m just going to accept an admire my English rose skin so I don’t end up looking ridiculous!”
How to remove fake tan:
- Baby Oil – The oil works to loosen the dead skin cells that have been dyed brown by the tan. Coat the area of fake tan in a layer of baby oil, get in your comfiest loungewear and wait for at least half hour so the oil can absorb into the skin properly.
- Lemon Juice – you can always rely on lemon juice to basically bleach the area and remove the pigmentation. You can either apply directly onto the skin or mix with a cup of sugar to double up as an exfoilator.
- Fake Tan Removers – There are plenty of products for sale with their sole purpose being the removal of fake tan. Bondi Sands’ Self Tan Eraser exfoliates all the dead cells away
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