Fake tan is the best way to get a gorgeous golden glow even when the sun’s not shining. But it can be a nightmare to get right – there’s the much-feared streaky legs, the biscuit-y smell and the orange shade that nobody wants to accidentally end up with. Basically, it’s a beauty minefield.
Luckily, there’s tonnes of amazing fake tan products for your face and body on the high street to save you paying top dollar for a professional spray tan. However, even we admit it can all get a little confusing – do you opt for a traditional St Tropez or Fake Bake mousse, pick up a bottle of Xen Tan or get involved with the St Moriz?!
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Well, there probably isn’t a fake tan that we haven’t tried and (we are VERY dedicated to our jobs) plus, the LOOK team all have different skin types and shades, so we all need a different type of fake tan. Best fake tan for pale skin? We’ve got it.
Which is why we’ve rounded up the best fake tans moisturisers, gradual tans, sprays, lotions, mousses and face tanners that’ll get you looking golden and glossy in time for summer – hoorah! Because every girl knows, a tan is perfect way to get you feeling sassy and confident.
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As well as this, we want to introduce you to the 5 New Ways To Fake Tan (a fake tan that promises to tone and tighten?! Er, yes please!), and to help you out with our top tips for How To Apply Fake Tan. From how to exfoliate, to which fake tan to pick and when exactly to apply it, it will leave you fully equipped to achieve the most flawless tan you’ve ever had.
So if you’ve got a wedding to go to, a big night out, or you just like having an all-year-long glow, it’s time to read up on our reviews of the best fake tans tans and up your bronzing skills with our fake tan masterclass. Now go forth and glow!
And for the ultimate bronzed goddess look, why not give your skincare routine some TLC? Visit our sister site Powder where you will find personalised skincare recommendations as well as tips tailored to your concerns.
Vita Liberta Body Blur Instant Skin Finish
Think of this as a BB cream for your body; the 2 in 1 formula means that it cancels out or 'blurs' redness and imperfections as well as giving you a great tan – perfect for those of us who want a bit more for our money…
St. Moriz Advanced Pro Formula 5in1 Medium Mousse, £7.99
The new Advanced Pro formula self tanner from St Moriz is a must have. It leaves a natural glow to the skin after application, leaving you with a long lasting golden tan.
Dr Organic Moroccan Glow Medium Self Tan Mousse, £14.99
This all natural self tan is perfect for an all year round glow. Apply everyday night for a streak free luminous tan.
Madame LA LA West Coast Face Bronzing Serum, £22.99
Have your face just as bronzed as your body with this West Coast Bronzing Serum by Madame LA LA. Oh, and it's Gigi's favourite!
Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse – Dark, £7.99
This is possibly the fastest developing fake tan ever. It develops in only onr hour and promises to last betewen 5-7 days! Plus, if you're not a fan of the fake tan pong (and lets face it, who is), then you're in luck, because this tan has its own signature Tahitian Gardenia scent. We're sold!
Garnier Summer Body Lotion Deep Sun-Kissed, £2.74
Summerbody moisturising lotion moisturises your skin from morning until evening whilst gradually building a natural looking tan. Perfect for paler skin tones.
Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion Fair to Medium Skin, £2.62
For fair to medium skin, this tan gradually builds the perfect tone for those with naturally paler skin. It literally appears overnight!
St Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, £33
This genius tan develops into a gorgeous golden glow in just 1 hour – yes really! Or you can leave it on for longer for a darker bronze. It's perfect when you have last minute plans but still want the benefits of a long-lasting tan…
Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan In Dark, £37.50
Want a fake tan that lasts and lasts? Get ready to fall in love with Vita Liberata's pHenomenal 2-3 Week Fake Tan, it stays put for up to 4 times longer than regular formulas and fades like a natural tan – so you will stay totally patch-free!
Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe, £40
The shea butter and green tea in this fake tan help give your skin a super-smooth, even tan. Plus it's so easy to blend so you can skip on pesky streaks – yay!
St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, £14.50
This smarty-pants fake tan can be used in the shower, genius! Simply wet skin, turn off the water and apply the tan, wait 3 minutes before washing off the residue and you'll be left with a subtle glow. Use it every time you wash and before you know it you'll have a gorgeous golden glow…
Sienna x Q10 Bronzing Mousse, £24.95
Tell-tale streaks are so 90s. One coat of this mousse and it’ll be dry in less than 5 minutes flat. While your gorgeous glow is developing, the natural ingredients are caring for your skin and the Q10 is anti-ageing! Genius.
Madame La La Tan Light, £36.00
This fake tan formula is specifically designed for lighter skin tones and will give you a subtle glow, without the tell tale orange fakery. The quick dry formula develops in 3 hours and is jam packed full of skincare saving benefits and eve has built-in skin perfectors!
Dr Ceuticals Beach Perfect Slim Tan, £8.49
Firm and tone while you tan with this amazing new slimming tan. It builds up a gradual colour and with prolonged use will help banish bumpy skin. Massage into skin daily to see results!
L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Express Pro Self Tanning Dry Mist, £10.99
Use this clever spray nozzle to sculpt your legs, two coats on the inner and outer leg will make them appear slimmer! This 'dark tan' shade is a favourite of Cheryl's and is a must-have to keep you glowing through the winter months.
Bioderma Moisturising Tanning Spray, £15
Dry skin ladies, listen up! This super moisturising tan and special multi-position diffuser will ensure no elbows or knees are left with dodgy tell-tale marks.
Fake Bake 5 Minute-Mousse, £19.99
Need an emergency tan before going out? Don't stress, grab youself a bottle of this. Perfect for tanners on the go, the super speedy mousse will get you from bare to bronzed in just 5 minutes and lasts all day and all night – hurrah!
Rimmel London Sunshimmer Self-Tan Mousse, £7.99
A lightweight mousse for serious tanners! Rimmel's first mousse formula it dries almost instantly, so there's no need to worry about annoying tan transfer, and develops into a deep mahogany in an hour. Expect your new found flattering shade to last for up to a week!
James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face, £25
Not only does this little ray of sunshine get you golden while you sleep (literally, the dream tanner), it's packed full of do-good ingredients including cucumber, Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae that soothe and hydrate your skin, so you'll wake up with skin that's sunkissed and soft. The subtle colour is perfect for those who want just a touch of colour.
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, £18
Mix a little or a lot of Clarins new tanning product in with your daily moisturiser and you can tailor your level of tan to either bronzed beach babe or a subtle sun-kissed glow.
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisturiser Mask, £30
Not only is Vita Liberta’s tan super hydrating, it has anti-ageing benefits and is packed full of do-good-vitamins that will have you waking up with radiant skin and a smooth, hydrated complexion.
St Tropez Luxe Dry Oil, £25
St Tropez’s most luxurious tan yet, this shimmering Brazilian inspired oil gives a natural, streak free glow that lasts the night. It’s non-greasy texture keeps skin moisturised for up to 7 days and is naturally fragranced with essential oils, so you won’t have to worry about the giveaway fake tan smell.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Lotion For Legs, £13.95
If you are brave enough to get out your mini dress in this weather, be sure to reach for Sall Hansen’s Airbrush Lotion. This wonder buy hides any imperfections on your legs and gives them an instant, even tan.
Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Instant Tan, £6.99
This instant tan has a hint of shimmer that is perfect for upping the glam on a night out, plus it’s water resistant so won’t go patchy in the rain – yay!