The Best Beauty Products for Tantouring, According to Our Editors

July 12, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
self tanner mist for face

Tantouring is the art of contouring the face with self-tanner. Self-tanner only, that is, it should not be attempted with SPF because of damaging UV rays. It’s become increasingly popular because it’s a little more long-lasting than your typical powder or cream bronzer — and can be applied by itself (no blending or brushes required!). While there are a slew of self-tanning face products available, only a few have the right applicators (read: mists!) to really nail the tantour-look.We’re sharing our favorites, ahead.

Best Drugstore Tanning Mist

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Facial Tanning Mist 

This nourishing self tanner is super user-friendly when it comes to tantouring thanks to its mist applicator and lightweight feel. Simply spray the formula eight to ten inches away from your face in a half moon shape, focusing on the lower half of your cheek and drawing it up to the temple. It contains vitamin E for extra moisture and will have your tantour looking glowy, radiant and bronze.

Best Self-Tanning Mist for An Even Application

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

Get a smooth, even tantour with this bronzing water face mist from St. Tropez. It’s totally streak- free and can be used before makeup to give you a natural looking contour for days.

Best Self Tanning Mist for a Glowy Application

Isle of Paradise Day Dew Self Tan Face Mist

Want a glowy contour sans the bronzer and highlight? Try tantouring with this dewy self-tan face mist infused with vitamin C, rosemary leaf oil and cocoa seed oil that will help visibly brighten skin.

Best Mess-Free Self Tanning Mist

Tan-Luxe The Water

This clear mist is a must-try for a healthy tantouring glow with a totally-mess free application. It also contains vitamin C and E to help brighten and nourish the skin, plus raspberry seed oil and aloe vera.

Best Gradual Self Tanning Mist

James Read Tan H2O Tan Mist 

If you want to explore tantouring but still want to keep it natural-looking, try this gradual formula from James Read. It will help you build radiance and glow over time and use, and also contains witch hazel, making it extremely skin-friendly.

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