Since we’re all well aware of the dangers of tanning beds — and too much time in natural sunlight sans SPF — self-tanners are the perfect solution for when the pastiness of those post-summer months gets to be a little too much for those of us who crave sun-kissed skin.
Sadly, not all self-tanners are created equally, and some can leave you looking streakier than a tabby cat. Luckily, beauty brands have launched innovative new products to make the process almost foolproof. Here are the ones to know about right now, so you don’t end up an orange mess later.
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If you’ve ever wondered how the Victoria’s Secret Angels always look so flawlessly sun-kissed, then we have your answer: Pradas Glow. Created by celebrity spray tan artist, Kristyn Pradas, her eponymous line includes this self-tanning mousse, which is made for people on-the-go. When you’re in a hurry, you can smooth this formula on, wait an hour, then immediately rinse. Not only will you get a quick-fix glow, but the tan will gradually develop for the next 24 hours before evening out to a long-lasting radiance.
Pradas Glow Sol Solution Sunless Tanning Mousse, $19.98, available at Pradas Glow
Charlotte Tilbury’s overnight mask cuts your tanning routine in half. Instead of having to decide between an extensive regimen and bronzing your body head-to-toe, this overnight lotion not only hydrates and plumps, but also tans while you sleep. Within two days, you’ve gone from winter pale to sun-kissed summer.
Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, $55, available at Nordstrom
Welcome to the future. Instead of layering on a cream atop your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, just slap this on for five to 15 minutes. Et voila: instant beach goddess.
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask, $9, available at Sephora
Forget all that exhaustive tanning prep — these wipes exfoliate and build your color at the same time.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Gradual Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face, $38, available at Sephora
Squirt a few pumps of this temporary bronzing serum into your palms, and work the liquid onto your face and neck. The result is a beautiful, sheer glow that never looks streaky or patchy.
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow, $116, available at DermStore
Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs is a classic spray-on tanning option for those looking for temporary color that won’t leave muddy streaks on your clothes. Simply spray the lightweight formula over your limbs and blend and allow to briefly dry. It’s that easy.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $8.59, available at Target
This gel-based bronzer comes with a handy sponge applicator, making it super easy to get a streak-free tan for one night only. The best part? It won’t budge or transfer onto clothes until you wash it …read more