When you rely on a bottle for a sun-kissed glow, you want colour that looks natural not supernatural.

Much of making a fake tan look like the real deal has to do with how you apply it (streaks are a dead giveaway). But, a quality product is also imperative and ahead that’s exactly what you’ll find.


Model, mum and the very definition of beach babe, Lara Worthington is the owner of one of this country’s most enviable tans so it only make sense that her self-tanning business is booming. The Base’s Instant Tan Mousse is one of the only self-tanners we’ve tried that’s actually odourless and gives build able coverage, making it a must-have for both serious and frivolous self-tanners alike.

Jennifer Hawkins’ J.Bronze Face Flawless Tanner also capitalises on the model’s golden glow. Facial self-tanners usually have gentler formulations, and this one is light-weight, quickly absorbed and serves as an anti-ageing agent too with goodness like shea butter, coconut oil, organ oil, goji berry and cranberry extracts.


When we think self tanning, we think St. Tropez and Model Co. They’re pioneers in the market and have spent years, longer than most of their competition, perfecting and improving on their formulations. St Tropez Sensitive Self-Tan Mousse contains grape, mango and avocado oils and is hypoallergenic for those with sensitive skin. The formula is fast-drying and specially formulated to match your complexion so you’ll have people doing double takes the next day, wondering how you got a shade warmer overnight.

Model Co Natural Tan Self-Tan Lotion is another one we love. For beginners scared of overdoing it, or if you’re not in a rush, a lotion is always best. It takes 4-5 hours to develop and colour enhances gradually. The fragrance of the fake tan is pleasant, not overpowering and it’s formulated using sugar-derived DHA, guaranteeing the most natural colour you can get from a fake tan.


Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body is the newest innovation in self-tanning (so new it went on sale last Monday). A dropper dispenses the “booster”, which you add to your body and face moisturiser for an all-over, uniform glow. The clever people at Clarins combined natural sugar-derived DHA and erythrulose which, you’ll remember, works to give you the most natural looking fake tan because it’s not a stain and actually reacts with the amino acids in your body to get you a shade darker. We also love that it contains aloe to keep skin in its best condition so your tan looks great the whole time.

Tell us, how often do you fake tan?

What fake tanners do you swear by?


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