The sunless tanning process often turns into a game of trial and error that can leave you with orange palms, zebra stripes and stained clothing. Luckily, we’ve taken all the guesswork out of selecting a self-tanner that will keep the aforementioned faux pas at bay. Whatever your tanning needs may be, you’ll achieve the perfect bronze with one of our top five favorite sunless tanners.
Best for Face: Lancôme Flash Bronzer Oil-Free Tinted Self-Tanning Face Lotion. The Flash Bronzer collection holds a special place in every bronzed babe’s heart. They’re the first choice for natural color that will leave you looking as though you just returned from St. Bart’s. For the easy summer days ahead, apply in the morning and go makeup-free all day.
Most Foolproof: Bliss A Tan For All Seasons. Aerosol sprays make self-tanning a cinch. They dry quickly to a streak-free finish, without an orange palm in sight. The continuous mist sends your skin moisturizing antioxidants and aloe vera.
Most Convenient: Tan Towel Towelette Full Body Application for Face & Body. One towelette makes for a mess-free full face and body tan. Buy a box of these and your summer travel beauty routine will be set.
Best Gradual Tan: L’Oréal Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer + Natural Skin Tone Enhancer. For the tan-timid, the buildable color of a daily moisturizer spiked with self-tanner is the best bet. This lotion, and natural skin tone enhancer, is specifically designed to work with your body’s chemistry to develop a healthy glow unique to you.
MCD Tip: Once we’ve got a golden glow, we use this product to extend the life of our tans (from the sun and from a bottle).
Best Instant Tinted Bronzer: L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer. Go from winter white to summer glow in an instant. This quick-drying lotion is packed with fast-acting self-tanners and light-reflecting particles—everything you need to look sun-kissed in seconds.
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Photos: Lancome, L’Oréal Paris, Bliss, Tan Towel