The season of trying to achieve the perfect glow is upon us. Whether it’s by lying poolside, hitting up the tanning bed, or faking it with a lotion or spray, many people want that coveted tan. The beauty industry says that tan skin makes you have clearer looking skin, a thinner looking physique, a warmer complexion, and (if it’s a UV tan), a healthy dose of vitamin D.
The tanning trend started with fashion designer Coco Chanel. Back when ivory skin was the go-to look, Chanel stayed out in the sun too long on her vacation in the French Rivera. Chanel was synonymous with the latest styles, so everyone assumed that tan was the new ‘it’ look. Some people may have taken this look a little to far, however. The sad truth is that many tans turn out far from perfect. Tan lines, sunburn, orange hues and streaky coloring can all ruin the natural look we try to achieve. And celebrities are no exception. Although they have the dough to invest in the latest and greatest tanning technologies, things can still go wrong. Check out the tanning disasters that happened to these ten celebrities:
10) Bradley Cooper
Far from the worst tan we’ve seen, it’s still obvious that Bradley Cooper applied self tanner a little too heavily on his face, since it’s a completely different color from both his neck and the skin that shows through his stubble. Cooper sported this two-toned face in 2010, on the red carpet premiere of Valentine’s Day. We were happy to see that Cooper stayed away from bronzing in recent years, although those curlers in American Hustle were pretty frightening, too. Cooper’s very talented, however, so we can see past these embarrassments.
9) Elle MacPhersonvia nydailynews.com
Elle MacPherson knows a thing or two about wearing swim suits; after all, she has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated an incredible five times. That’s why she should have took measures against that bikini bottom tan line we can see under her wet suit. Its super-high cut-hips make it possible to see exactly what she was wearing yesterday. MacPherson got this embarrassing tan while surfing in Byron Bay, Australia in January 2012. Although MacPherson’s nickname may be “The Body” because of her great, cover girl physique, we can’t take our eyes off of just one particular part of it because of that shocking white imprint.
8) Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan naturally has red hair and fair skin, but the way she heavily uses bleach and fake tan, she’s switched up her look to fair hair and red skin. Lohan has been the center of many tan disasters. In one mishap, shown above, Lohan appears to have an orange mustache with the uneven fake tan on her face. In another incident in 2008, Lindsay’s tan stopped abruptly at her ankles, showing feet that were about 10 shades lighter than the rest of her body. After everyone noticed the mistake, the next night Lohan wore leggings under her dress to disguise the two vastly different colors.
7) Christina Aguileravia mirror.co.uk
Christina Aguilera is another serial offender of pairing over-tanning with over-bleaching. The pop star’s tan took a special turn for the worse when she performed at Etta James‘ funeral in 2012. Wearing a low cut, black skirt suit, attendees of the ceremony could see drips of fake tan running down one of Aguilera’s legs. Apparently she realized the faux pas only as she was about to go on stage. She tried to wipe of the drips off with her sleeve, but they were stained on. Aguilera performed through the embarrassment like a pro, and now she’s seemingly a little more careful with her tanning lotion.
6) Gisele Bundchenvia nydailynews.com
Brazil supermodel, Gisele Bundchen makes a living from doing photo shots, which is why we’re all really surprised as to why she wasn’t prepared with sun screen for this one – an outdoor swimsuit shoot in Malibu. The Cali sun left poor Bundchen with bikini top tan lines and blotchy sunburn on her chest. We can only imagine the burn felt as painful to her as it is to look at for us. We hope next time she slathers on the sunscreen or throws on a cover up on her breaks.
5) Donald Trumpvia galleryhip.com
Donald Trump rose to fame for his role in business, not entertainment, but that didn’t stop him from trying to fit with the stylish candidates on The Celebrity Apprentice. At an event in New York for the show last April, Trump’s orange spray tan stood out amongst a sea of alabaster. Not only was Trump’s tan a little too reminiscent of an Oompa Loompa, he also missed a few spots around his eyes and ears. Not to mention, his orange face clashes horribly with his red tie. Trump should stick to being one of the biggest business men in the world and leave the bronzing to professionals.
4) Kim Kardashianvia huffingtonpost.com
In April 2009, Kim Kardashian got into trouble while trying to get a tan. Kardashian fell asleep while sunbathing in Mexico, and the hot southern sun left nearly her whole body burnt, except for her eye area, which was shielded by her big Prada sunglasses. Kardashian posted a picture of the painful-looking burn on her Twitter, and said, “‘My whole body is burned but my face looks the worst because of the glasses. I will never wear sunglasses when sunbathing again!” Kardashian said she usually tans and never burns, but we all know the sun near the equator is extra strong, so she should have used more protection. To make things worse, Kardashian had to make a TV appearance on The CW, just days after receiving the burn. She was forced to layer on foundation to conceal her lobster-like appearance, and we can imagine the makeup didn’t feel good on her fried skin.
3) Aubrey O’dayvia twitchy.com
Aubrey O’Day, a breakout star from MTV’s Making the Band 3 and self proclaimed biggest party-goer of the girl group, Danity Kane, kept getting tanner and tanner as her fame grew more and more. O’Day also appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, so maybe Trump’s taste for bad tans rubbed off on her. The next time O’Day goes to the tanning booth, she should dial down the shade on her spray tan several notches. This dark hue looks completely unnatural with her blonde hair and blue eyes.
2) Nicole Cutler
Ballroom dancer, Nicole Cutler may be used to going heavy on the glitz and makeup for performances, but this tan is way overboard. Culter glows like a neon tangerine from very heavily applied tanner, especially on her forehead, cheeks and chest. As well as being a member of the professional dance world, Cutler appeared on the British TV series, Strictly Come Dancing twice. However, we think she should remember to strictly stay away from the self tanner.
The stars of The Jersey Shore proudly lived by the motto G.T.L. or “gym, tan, laundry,” so it’s no surprise that their most famous cast mate, Snooki, took her tan to another level. Snooki kept her skin incredibly dark from lounging on the beach and religiously using tanning beds. We can only imagine the skin damage that’s going to cause. When Snooki became pregnant with her first child, however, she gave the tanning a rest for her and her baby’s health. “I’m actually embracing the paleness. It’s kind of a new look,” she told ABC.