How to Get a Spray Tan Without Looking Like Ross From Friends

You might notice something different about me in this post. Yep. I'm tan. You guys know that I've done spray tans before and have asked a lot about how to prepare for them. The guys over at VersaSpa offered me a spray tan and to give tips on how to prepare for one. First thing is this, don't be afraid of them. Second, spray tans have come a loonnggg way from what they used to be. It is pretty much impossible to be Ross from Friends in that infamous spray tan scene. It's automated, takes under 10 minutes and gives you a summer glow. 
Summer Outfit With Spray Tan Tips

Curly Hair

Naturally Curly Brown Hair

Light blue blouse with layered statement necklace

Summer Outfit With Spray Tan Tips

Layered statement necklaces

Summer Outfit With Spray Tan Tips

Summer Outfit With Spray Tan Tips
Top: Zara (exact)
Skirt: Zara (Exact)
Shoes: Banana Republic (exact)
Necklaces: XXI Forever and JCPenny
  • First things first, exfoliate everything. 
  • Do not then cover yourself in lotion. The tan formula works best and will apply evenly. 
  • Wear very loose clothing when you go to the tanning salon.
  • If you are fair skinned I recommend NOT going darker than medium. Medium is the darkest I will go and will last about 5 days and fade naturally into your own skin color. 
  • You can wear your swimsuit or nothing while in the booth. Just remember that you will have spray lines so think about what you will be wearing for about a week. 
  • Ask, ask, ask the tanning salon staff if you have any questions. They are there to help.
  • At first you may not see color. It takes about three hours for it to show up on my skin.
  • Don't shower for 8 hours. 
  • When you shower, some color will come off but that is normal. I always get a spray tan, sleep and then shower to take off the excess dark. 
  • Enjoy! Swim, wear bikinis, workout, wear shorts.... everything! Show off that tan! 


  1. oo la la you look so pretty! love the necklaces, oh my! spray tan looks great, I've never tried it. Too scared ha! <3

  2. Your tan looks great....and I LOVE the skirt!

  3. Hiiiii there gorgeous! Looking bronzy and soooo cute in that skirt + tank combo. You know I worship at the altar of the DHA Spray Tan Gods. :)


  4. Gorgeous! I love the post title too. What a funny episode! Loving that trapeze top with the fitted skirt.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  5. Ha.... I can't get over the post title ;-)

  6. This is one of my favorite outfits on you off all time! Love it....tanning is a huge struggle for me to.

  7. I am obsessed with this top on you! So cute! I've always been a bit hesitant to try a spray tan. One of these days, I'm going to give it a try!

  8. I've gotten a spray tan once, and while I liked it, I felt like it didn't last as long as I had hoped–maybe I didn't take care of it enough? Either way, you look fantastic. This is one of my favorite outfits of yours lately!

  9. I'm getting my second spray tan before my birthday in July! I'm so excited...last time I got one done I was so obsessed with tanning that I had actually gone in a regular tanning bed before that. AHHH, SO BAD.

    26 and Not Counting

  10. Yayy! You look great, definitely not Ross (haha...that scene is so funny.) I love the print of your skirt too :)
    Luckily I tan pretty easily so I don't need to spray-tan, but it's good to know its not so scary anymore!

  11. I have never gotten a spray tan... it makes me nervous! Lol. I have been looking into it more as well as other ways to get and keep a tan (sunless of course)! Thanks for your tips and your tan looks great! Love your silver pumps!

  12. You are so rocking that tan Alissa.....love how it complemented your lovely outfit for today!


  13. Hottie alert! This outfit and that tan are sure to turn some heads!
    xo Adri

  14. You look fab! I've never had anything but terrible experiences with spray-on tans, so maybe I need to give it another try.

  15. Haha LOVE the Friends reference! I have never gotten one but I need to start experimenting for the wedding! Eek! So do they fade evenly? I am worried I will get it like the Wednesday before and then go on our honeymoon and look like a crazy person haha

  16. Ha pretty sure that episode of Friends is why I've never tried a spray tan!

    Kristina does the Internets

  17. Crazy how much a tan can change the way someone looks! Love this NATURAL tan look!! Looks really nice.... and love your outfit too!! ;)

    xx. Michelle

  18. You look so radiant here, not sure if it's the tan, or your smile, or both.
    And I want/love/need your skirt.
    Chic on the Cheap

  19. Yeahh! I love spray tans! Yours looks fab!!


  20. Could you continue to be any more cute! Honestly? Love the look, first off! And the tan looks fab on you! :)


  21. Cute outfit girl! And love that necklace!!!

    <3, Pamela

  22. This outfit is SO cute! I love that top. Very chic!


  23. STOP! you look insanely beautiful here. :) i love that top so much i want to cry. and the skirt. and the tan. all i have to say is ugh! too good
    ladies in navy

  24. Hahaha love this title!! You look gorg! Loving the tan and hello that skirt! Obsessed!

    <3 Shannon

  25. You look beautiful,there is also the outfit,nice cut!

  26. I've yet to get one but after your e-mail I want to! I got a little color last weekend from the sun so I'm good for now. Once I get pale again though I'm considering a spray tan

  27. Such great tips! And I am loving this outfit! So pretty!

    xo Kylie

  28. oh this mint color is gorgeous on you! love your fun necklace and cute skirt! love the look!


  29. I definitely need some color too, and talking about needs, that top is gorgeous.


  30. This tan looks so great and natural on you!

  31. You look so naturally tan!! I'm super jealous. and what an amazing top!


  32. Gorgeous top and skirt wow. Your girls look so good in that pretty top. LOL-ed at the title and yes your tan is perfect.

    Did you link up this gorgeous outfit with our Spring Must Haves link-up yet? =)

  33. Pretty look!You have an amazing smile too.

  34. These are great tips! I've always wanted to get a spray tan because I pretty much never go out in the sun and when I do I just burn!

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  36. I love a good spray tan!! These are great tips :) And I am in love with that Zara top!


  37. you look great!!! love the outfit and your tan :)

  38. You look great! Such a natural look. And I love the outfit!!


  39. Great tips! I must admit that I've shied away from spray tans because I was always afraid of having the Ross look.

  40. DAYUM! Girlfriend, you look good! I mean, you look good as a pasty lady like myself, but tan version of you is fab too ;) xx

  41. The fact that you made a Friends reference makes this my favorite post ever! I can pretty much make a Friends reference for any situation. Obviously you did not count Mississippis. Love this outfit! That top is fabulous and I love the necklaces! You look gorgeous!


  42. You look absolutely STUNNING in that skirt! So stunning that I traveled over to the Zara site to buy it but they're out of my size - BUMMER!

    Also, I've been thinking about doing VersaSpa for awhile now and reading how good your experience was has me a little bit more convinced! I will be texting you tomorrow to find out details about where you went, what you wore, etc.

    PS: Love that you made a Friends reference! That is one of my all-time favorite TV shows.

  43. Hi! I loved that episode! Lovely outfit! Best regards from sunny Barcelona,

  44. The tan looks amazing, totally natural! Great tips for those who haven't done it before. :))


  45. Amazing tips and the tan looks so great on you. Absolutely in love with your outfit!!

    xx 365hangers

  46. You look amazing! Love the WHOLE outfit and the tan! You are seriously tempting me to get a spray tan. I gave up on tanning lotions because they are just a mess. I haven't tried a spray tan but it's the only thing I would try for a fake tan.
    Jeans and a Teacup

  47. You look very babely! Interesting to hear a little more about the process, since I've never spray-tanned

  48. Your tan and the outfit are both killer, girl!

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  52. It will also help ensure that your skin stays moisturized and that your spray tan will last for days. Spray tans are excellent alternatives to spray tan west hollywood the sun or tanning beds, but are they safe for sensitive areas of your body, like your face? Absolutely.


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