A make-up artist who applied fake tan before watching a sad film suffered a major fail.
Josh Reade settled down for a cozy pamper night in front of the TV watching My Sister’s Keeper after popping on a fresh layer of St Moriz Tanning Mist.
But despite the 29-year-old being warned by pals that it was an emotional watch, Josh ploughed on and frantically dabbed at his freshly-tanned cheeks as tears streamed down his face.
The following morning Josh woke early to film a make-up look and was horrified to discover streaky tear marks that tracked all the way to his jawline.
Josh recorded a video of him reacting to the fake tan blunder which he intended to only send to his pals.
But after they were left in hysterics, they begged him to upload the clip to his TikTok, where it quickly racked up 3.3 million views.
Josh, from Staines, Surrey, said: “It was having a little bit of a pamper night and decided to watch My Sister’s Keeper – it’s a very, very sad film.
“I did the tan, I watched the film and then went to bed. I set my alarm because I was doing a make-up look early in the morning and that’s how I woke up with all these tear marks.
“I was so shocked and I was panicking. I was like ‘oh my god, what am I going to do?’ It was really bad.”
Josh slapped on a layer of St Moriz in medium brown and settled down in front of the TV last month to watch the Jodi Picoult 2009 adaptation featuring Cameron Diaz.
As he watched the tear-jerking film Josh found himself crying and dabbing at his face so as not to disturb the tan before heading to bed.
But little did he know that the tan was pooling around his eyes and streaking down his face – leaving white marks behind.
It was only the following morning when he looked in the mirror did he realise his fake tan fail and shared it with his friends.
Josh said: “I put the tan on an hour before I sat in front of the TV.
“It says to leave it on for six hours but anyone who’s going to use it is just going to sleep in it and wake up in it the next morning.
“It was a six-hour spray mist that turned into a bit of a disaster.
“I watched the film and had a good cry at it and dabbed my eyes.
“I was grabbing my top and patting my eyes lightly as I knew I’d tanned my face, I must have cried to the point where I was genuinely tired.
“I went to bed, fell asleep and woke up at 4.30am. When I looked at my face in the mirror before I jumped in the shower I just thought ‘oh no, it can’t be’.
“Me being me I grabbed my phone, it was more of a video for the girls in the group chat and was like ‘oh my god what am I going to do?’
“They were all screaming.
“I showed it to another friend and she had tears rolling down her face. She said it was hilarious and that I should post it on TikTok.”
After 15 minutes the video had a quarter of a million views.
He added: “Around 5,000 comments are asking me what tan it is, 2,000 are asking me how and where I got my nails done and then the rest are your average ‘you look like a 90-year-old man’.
“I’m one of these people who’s always been victimised for being gay and I’m someone who can stand up for myself.
“I’ve got quite a thick skin so negative comments I don’t pay attention to but the majority of the comments were funny.”
Thankfully the majority of streaks washed off in the shower, and those that didn’t could easily be concealed using makeup.
Josh said: “I only had a tiny tear mark left after my shower that thankfully when I put make-up on, you couldn’t see.
“It’s not put me off tanning for life. When I washed it off I looked amazing, I looked like I’d been to Morocco for a week.”