Mum has Ross from Friends moment as spray tan goes very wrong before wedding
8th November 2021

A mum was determined to get a sun kissed tan as she had a wedding to attend.

But Derrie Mathews had regrets after asking her local beautician if she could be sprayed “twice” to get a more golden colour.

The 36-year-old, who is a natural redhead, booked in for the £25 treatment two days before the ceremony.

She hoped the extra layer of tan would compensate for her "super pale" complexion.

When she awoke the following day, she couldn't believe the shade of mahogany she’d turned.

The childminder, from Buckinghamshire, ended up looking like Ross from Friends – much to her loved ones’ amusement.

Derrie said: "I was going to a wedding, and I'm super, super pale – I am really freckly and white.

"So, I just asked the girl if she would do it twice, so much darker."

As fake tan gradually develops, the mum didn’t realise her mistake until it was too late.

She said: "You have to leave it on for eight hours and then wash it off after, and it was just getting darker and darker and darker.

"But I didn't wash it off after eight hours because it stops developing then."

On Friday morning, when she awoke and looked in the mirror, she couldn't believe the shade that she'd turned, much to the amusement of her husband.

Derrie revealed: "My husband couldn't stop laughing.

"I knew I looked so ridiculous, so I didn't tell him not to do it. I fully deserved everything!"

Instead of stewing over the tanning fail, the childminder decided to embrace her inner Ross Geller.

In Friends episode, 'The One with Ross's Tan', the character aims for a lighter grade "two" shade but ends up with a far darker grade "eight" shade after misunderstanding the tanning procedure.

Derrie recalled: "When the girl did it, my friend was with me, and I was saying, 'I'm an eight, I'm an eight' because that's what Ross says!"

The wedding guest anticipated an "absolute ripping" from pals on the big day.

But despite that, she managed to find some positive points from her tanning experience.

She said: "It's made my teeth look so white.

"I can't stop smiling and looking in the mirror, but then I see my face and I think: ‘Oh god’.

Although she didn't get the result she wanted this time, Derrie insists she'll go for a spray tan again.

She said: "I will go back – it makes me feel better when I have a tan."

"It's nice to have a little bit of colour, but not the boot polish look – it's not for me, I must say."

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