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Katy Perry says her team had to spend 'so much extra money’ color-correcting her ‘California Gurls’ music video because her spray tan got too orange

Katy Perry California Gurls music video
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  • Katy Perry says her spray tan for the "California Gurls" video got more orange as filming went on.

  • The difference in tan levels required paying "so much extra money on color-grading."

  • Perry revisited her most memorable looks yet in a "Life in Looks" video with Vogue.

Katy Perry is well known for her campy confectionery style, including the candy-coated music video for her 2010 hit song "California Gurls." But in a new video for Vogue, Perry shared a funny story from filming the video about getting a spray tan that went from sun-kissed skin to an editing nightmare.

"Rarely do I get spray tans," Perry said. "And typically, you're supposed to get them the night before, right? Well, I just didn't have time, so I got them the day of my music video."

The decision led to what Perry describes as her skin gradually changing color throughout the day, getting "oranger, and oranger, and oranger" as filming went on. The inconsistencies prompted plenty of post-production fixes to get Perry to one skin tone, she said, but it didn't come without a cost.