10 of the best fake tans to transform you into a bronzed goddess
We’ve tried the best fake tans out there! From St. Tropez to Sienna X, Isle of Paradise and the newest Fake Bake launch, these self-tanning products will make you look like you’ve spent a week on the beach.
If you are looking for a sun-kissed glow but don’t have the spare cash for a holiday, you have come to the right place! We have searched high and low to find the best fake tan for you, because we’re good like that. But first, you have to ask yourself which self-tanning product are you looking for? Are you after a gradual tanner, an instant quick fix-er, or are you desperate to try the new tanning water everyone is raving about? Don’t worry, we have your back – these are the best false tan products for you, from St Tropez to Sienna X to Fake Bake. Fake tan is an essential item we all reach for when the weather gets warmer. So we have found a selection of the best fake tans you need to try – and there’s something for everyone. And don’t worry about that infamous biscuit smell or streaky legs – newer formulas are trying to combat this – and all of our favourite fake tans are easy to use and won’t leave you looking like a tangerine dream.
Best for… An illuminating glow for your body
The Body, £42, Tan-Luxe
Tan Luxe’s ‘The Body’ is a transforming product which is so simple to use. No mess, no fuss – just add drops to your favourite body moisturiser and the tanning agents work with the natural tone of your skin, leaving you with a glow catered to you. Plus, it even has skin firming benefits, so you can skip the gym. Ok, that might be wishful thinking!
Best for… An instant glow that washes off
Hoola Zero Tan Lines, £25.50 Benefit
If you are on the lookout for an instant tan with a difference, you need to try Benefit’s Zero Tan Lines, which is part of the iconic Hoola range. A tinted formula which blends seamlessly on the body and it gives a streak-free, buildable colour that won’t transfer on your clothes. Plus, it even comes with a sponge applicator on the lid which means the application couldn’t be easier.
Best for… A tan with a glorious scent
Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel, £33, St. Tropez
St.Tropez was the first company to bring out the genius in-shower tan, and are always one step ahead of the game when it comes to new and exciting formulas. Last year we saw the release of the Bronzing Water Mousse, and now – meet Bronzing Water Gel! Super lightweight, this magic fluid mix gently absorbs into the skin effortlessly, without stickiness and best of all, it smells of a fruity cocktail. The golden brown colour also means you can tell everyone you just came back from the Maldives… (we won’t tell.)
Best for… Easy application
Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam, £18.99, Bondi Sands
As frothy as your early morning coffee, Bondi Sands Aero is a foamy formula which not only has a light scent of coconut but is as light as air, leaving your skin with a warm, long-lasting glow. Use with a mitt and watch your skin transform.
Best for… An easy to wear glow
Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, 37.50, Elemis
Not everyone wants to be as tanned as a TOWIE cast member, so if a subtle hint of colour is what you’re after, the Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion by Elemis is just the product for you. The secret ingredient of wheat builds a subtle, even tan that won’t overpower. And the added Red Algae Extract and Green Tea will keep you hydrated.
Best for… Radiance
Beauty Blur Sunless Glow, £32.50, Vita Liberata
Vita Liberata is loved by everyone, from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to world-famous beauty bloggers and the Beauty Blur Sunless Glow is a total treat. This multi-purpose skin-tone optimiser enhances the face and décolleté with tan whilst still acting as a primer – blurring imperfections and leaving you with flawless skin. The colour payoff is a true caramel and features light reflecting particles, and skin is left looking radiant and oh-so-smooth.
Best for… A tan in a rush
1 Hour Tan Tinted Mist, £22, Sienna X
Want a quick and easy tan on the go? Step up Sienna X. The new 1 Hour Tan Tinted Mist is a great tinted, lightweight spray which is perfect for topping up your tan fast. Infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E – it’s hydrating and soothing and is super long-lasting. What’s not to love?
Best for… Tan for the face AND body
Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body, £29.99, Fake Bake
When you think of holidays, you think of coconuts, right? Fake Bake’s latest offering is the Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body. This serum is packed with skin-loving ingredients – including coconut oil which acts as a firming treatment. This product nourishes and tones the skin while still adding colour. Like any serum, it’s long-lasting and is completely streak free, plus it plumps the skin all in one hit.
Best for… The legs
Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38, This Works
As the name suggests, this really does work! The Perfect Legs Gradual Tan gives a natural-looking tan with a sparkly hint of subtle shimmer. The pumping applicator means you don’t waste any product and the robust bottle is great for travelling with.
Best for… The face
Self tanning drops for face and body, £19.95, Isle of Paradise
Isle of Paradise is still one of the most popular fake tans on Instagram, loved by celebs and beauty bloggers alike. Packaged in a glass bottle, this pipette-housed product is so easy to use. Simply add a drop of the formula to your daily moisturiser and it will make you look instantly sun-kissed.