Stars Who Have Experienced Spray Tan Fails

Sometimes even celebrities find themselves in streaky situations

Spray tan fails Brooklyn Decker
Photo: Brooklyn Decker/Instagram

When it comes to self-tanning and spray tans, even celebrities can't avoid the occasional mishap. Brooklyn Decker posted a video of her husband Andy Roddick catching her in the act of working out in a swimsuit, in hopes of avoiding smudging her fresh spray tan.

Unfortunately, she didn't account for the possibility of sweat wreaking its own havoc, and as Roddick asked her "What spray tan?" you could see the realization that she may have made a big mistake dawning on her face (as well as rivers of said spray tan running down her neck). "She failed," Decker captioned the video.

She's hardly the first celebrity to have a bad encounter with the high-maintenance makeup. Read on for some more of the biggest celeb spray-tan fails ever.

Selena Gomez

In late 2021, Selena Gomez addressed the 2018 Met Gala moment that had her so mortified, she ended up leaving the event early.

Taylor Hill/Getty

"For the Met Gala I was getting ready and we wanted to add some color. So [I] put on some of this tanning lotion and it looked really beautiful and very even," the star explained in a Vogue Beauty Secrets video, a few years after the event. "As the evening kept going on it was getting a little darker and darker."

By the time she got to her seat, she knew something was amiss "I look at a photo of myself when I sit down and I am completely orange," she said, laughing. "I was like, 'This is going to be terrible because I'm going to get eaten alive about this.'"

She made light of it the night of, posting a silly video of herself sprinting away from the event after she "saw her pictures from MET. As an insider said at the time, "In person, she honestly felt great but not everything looks the same as it does in person. She was just clapping back at people who were commenting on her tan and hair and wanted to make a joke about it."

Kim Kardashian West

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion

She's no stranger to airbrush tans — but sometimes, they don't go as planned. Kardashian once told Chrissy Teigen that her tan rubbed off on daughter North West's mouth while she was breast feeding her. And in another incident, Kardashian tells Ellen DeGeneres that when she and husband Kanye West were living with Kris Jenner, her spray tanner's tent wouldn't fit in her bedroom, so they had to resort to the entryway of her house.

"I forgot that my little sisters obviously live there, they walk in with all their friends, and I'm butt naked in her entry. So embarrassing."

Chrissy Teigen

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
Dan MacMedan/WireImage

After a fairly messy spray tan situation a few years back, Teigen shared a photo on Snapchat, showing a bronze outline of her body on her white sheets.

And recently, Teigen shared a throwback photo of herself and John Legend at the Grammy Awards, in which she was very bronzed. The star wrote of her look, "Grammys 2008. 10 years ago. This tan!!! Lmao."

But now that she's a mom, she's given up on them all together. "I'm a spray tan addict, but admittedly I haven't been doing it for a long time because I just don't f—ing care anymore with the baby," she told PEOPLE.

Lea Michele

Zandy Reich, Lea Michele

For Michele, it wasn't a too-dark formula or a drop of water that ruined her glow. The star once said that after an at-home tanning session, she headed to the studio — and that's where the unexpected happened.

"I put my feet up to take a nice lunch break and one of the managers had their dog," she explained. "The dog jumped on my lap and I was like, 'Oh, so cute!' and he went to pick up the dog and the dog peed all over me!"

Maude Apatow

maude apatow

The 20-year-old daughter of Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow once experienced horribly timed splotchy situation, right before she headed to college. "Spray tanning nightmare pt. I lost count. I'm about to start college," she captioned a shot of her not-so-perfect look.

Drew Scott

drew scott dancing with the stars photo diary courtesy drew scott
Courtesy Drew Scott

When the Property Brothers star appeared on Dancing With the Stars, he experienced his first — and probably his last — spray tan.

"I made a mistake, though that no one will see," Scott told reporters. "You're supposed to stand on these little foot thingies and I didn't. The bottom of my feet are black."

Related Articles