THANKS to these foolproof self-tans, you can now be a bronzed goddess minus the patchy palms and tell-tale biscuity aroma.
From tanning drops you can mix into your moisturiser for a gradual glow to face-and-body balms and next-gen mists for easy top-ups on the go, here are the best products on the market.
Glow hit a low? Try… a new-gen top-up
Fake tan can look dull and muddy after a few days, but thanks to a new generation of easy-to-use tanners, you can revive your glow without much effort.
Sienna X Skin Finish Illuminating Mist, £14.99, works like a hydrating face spritz (thanks to its green tea) while providing a shot of tan. Just spray and glow – no mirror required!
- Sienna X Skin Finish Illuminating Mist, £14.99 – buy now
Made a mistake? Try… a blunder blender
Being stuck with embarrassing fake-tan tide marks is not cool.
Isle Of Paradise Blend It, £14.95, is a handbag-sized stick that blurs away all those mishaps even the most practised fakers suffer from. Coconut oil works to gently fade tan where you’ve over-applied, without making it look streaky.
Simply swipe the stick over the problem area and with the help of your fingers, it will blend the mistake away while adding a buildable glow.
Oh, and did we mention this nifty product nourishes skin at the same time because it’s packed with chia seeds and avocado?
- Isle Of Paradise Blend It, £14.95 – buy now
In a hurry? Try… an in-a-minute mousse
Light-as-air mousses are fast-drying, so ideal if you want to get dressed for your night out straight after tanning.
Bondi Sands Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam, £17.99, is brimming with soothing jojoba and castor oil to make its formula non-sticky and ultra-moisturising. This prevents it from drying out your skin like some other mousses.
Apply it with a tanning mitt to help you blend the colour into a really natural and even result.
- Bondi Sands Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam, £17.99 – buy now
Suffer from dry skin? Try… a tanning water
Self-tan can be dehydrating on drier skin types, but water-based formulas with moisturising ingredients won’t affect your natural hydration levels.
Tanologist Self Tan Water, £13.99, is available in light, medium or dark and gives a natural finish.
If you need a bit of a tint to help you apply, try St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel, £33, which has a light sheen so you can achieve seamless results.
- Tanologist Self Tan Water, £13.99 – buy now
- St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel, £33 – buy now
After a gradual result? Try… micro-dosing your moisturiser
Like to be more in control of your colour? Self-tanning drops offer a gradual, long-lasting, foolproof solution to tailoring your tan.
Just add a few drops of James Read H20 Tan Drops Body, £40, to your moisturiser – one or two drops for a sun-kissed tint, or more for a deeper glow. They’re boosted with hydrating organic rose water to make the colour look good for longer.
If your skin is sensitive, try Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops, £30, which contains 98.8% natural ingredients.
- James Read H20 Tan Drops Body, £40 – buy now
- Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops, £30 – buy now
Want to look your best self? Try… a brush-on bronzer
Fake tan can be used to contour your face and body shape. A-list tanner Amanda Harrington, whose client list includes Sienna Miller, has always used a brush-on tanning technique to sculpt her clients’ features.
Her new range of custom-blended tints, Amanda Harrington The Body Set, £85, and The Face Set, £65, come with a jumbo make-up brush for extra blending control.
Not only does the brush mean that you end up using less tan (the bottle will last you ages so it’s well worth the £££s), but the set also includes a pre-colour primer to help your tan last longer.
Add definition to your face and contour cheekbones by buffing an extra spritz from ears to mid-cheek. And to make your limbs appear more toned, simply spritz and blend more colour down your shins, and between the tricep and bicep muscles on both arms.
- Amanda Harrington The Body Set, £85, and The Face Set, £65 – buy now
Want to look younger? Try… a tanner with skin benefits
Look out for products with skin-plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid to tackle fine lines while your tan develops.
We love new Tan-Luxe Super Glow, £35. Massage up to 12 drops (the more drops, the deeper the colour) over your face and chest daily, then follow with your regular moisturiser.
- Tan-Luxe Super Glow, £35 – buy now
After a low-maintenance tan? Try… a long-lasting lotion
If you’re heading on your summer holiday, these tanners are ideal body prep that won’t need touching up.
Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Lotion, £37.50, is virtually immovable once applied.
Its creamy texture sinks into skin so you’re left with a deep glow, and the raspberry and aloe vera ingredients moisturise so your tan will look great long after you’ve jetted home.
- Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Lotion, £37.50 – buy now
Want to conceal blemishes? Try… body make-up
Great for problem areas, such as your arms, legs and chest, Alleven Colour Shield, £38, helps to conceal pesky imperfections, including age spots and varicose veins, while giving skin a temporary glow – it’s no wonder Beyoncé’s a fan.
The best bit? It won’t shift or streak until you wash it off in the shower. Clever!
- Alleven Colour Shield, £38 – buy now
Stockists: Amanda Harrington (Amandaharrington.com), Alleven (Cultbeauty.co.uk), Balance Me (Johnlewis.com), Bondi Sands (Boots.com), Isle Of Paradise (Isleofparadise.co.uk), James Read (Jamesreadtan.com), Sienna X (Superdrug.com), St Tropez (Sttropeztan.co.uk), Tan-Luxe (Tan-luxe.com), Tanologist (Superdrug.com), Vita Liberata (Vitaliberata.co.uk)
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