3 People Asked for My Spray-Tan Artist After I Tried This TikTok-Viral Self-Tanner

I'll be honest. While I love self-tanner and never go without a bottle or two in my bathroom cabinet, I don't use it religiously. In fact, I'll only use it when I have a big event in the near future or my skin looks really dull. The latter is what drove me to use it most recently. You see, I used to live in L.A. and Austin—two warm-weather cities where I stayed sun-kissed all year round. Last year, though, I moved back to my hometown in the Midwest. That means, for the first time in forever, I spent an entire winter in the cold, gloomy snow.

Unsurprisingly, after four months of little to no sunlight, my skin started looking pretty lackluster. One morning, I woke up, looked in the mirror, and was genuinely shocked that my skin looked the way it did. I knew it was time to bring out the self-tanner. But not just any self-tanner. I'd been seeing a specific brand all over Instagram and TikTok. The before-and-after pictures were so good that I felt compelled to try it. So I did, and wow. It gave me a post-vacation glow in just a couple of hours.

I'm not just saying that either. I had not one, not two, but three people compliment me after I used it. "Your skin looks so good," "I need your spray-tan deets," and "Girl, you're glowing," were a selection of the compliments I received. Needless to say, I love this self-tanner. Keep scrolling to see the product (or should I say products?) and a pretty epic before-and-after picture if I do say so myself.

Before Using the Self-Tanner

Beauty editor Kaitlyn McLintock before self-tanning

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After Using the Self-Tanner

Beauty editor Kaitlyn McLintock after self-tanning

(Image credit: @kaitlyn_mclintock)

What I love most about this transformation is that my skin still looks natural in the "after" picture. This isn't one of those self-tan situations where I look unnaturally bronze or (even worse) orange. My freckles were still visible, there were absolutely no streaks, and the color developed within two hours. Not to pat myself on the back, but I could see why people asked for my spray-tan artist. It wasn't that the tan looked obvious or over the top; it was that the tan looked so seamless that they thought I went to a professional.

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.