There are so many great options when it comes to self-tan these days. Whether you’re a gradual fan, a traditional tan lover, or fond of an instant non-streaky glow, there is a brand and a formulation to suit you. Here are 11 of the best self-tanners I’ve used across all categories.
All of the below products made the list as they excel in ease of application, wear time, and of course, colour. And something I feel is necessary to add is that I am truly awful at applying tan – yet all of these make me look like a pro.
The type of tan I reach for most these days is instant. I generally don’t have the time or patience (or skills) for developing tan, and usually, the decision to tan is always very last minute – hence my love for instant. All of these are whack-on-and-go formulas, they’re easy to apply, don’t streak or transfer, and with the exception of Body Blur, they all dry pretty instantly (Body Blur takes a few minutes longer). I’m very partial to Body Base at the moment, and I love the brush for ease of application (watch a demo of my applying it here).
Gradual tans are my second big love. I particularly love using them on holiday. I usually bring a mini version of Tan Luxe The Gradual and Tan Luxe Face Drops with me and slather them both on at night to maximise my tan. Saying that, I love Bare by Vogue’s new tanning serum, and I’m a longtime fan of literally everything Amanda Harrington does – so all of her products make the list too.
When I do have time, patience, energy and a sudden urge for a longer-lasting glow, these are pretty much the only three I use. I have tried many others that are great, but these three are fantastic (and foolproof) in my opinion.
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