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Top 10 Best Fake Tans

Top 10 Best Fake Tans

I’ve been trying out different tans for years and have had my fair share of tanning mishaps and disasters. I have tried out almost every tanning product there is, in search of the perfect tan, so I have put together this guide to the fake tans that I come back to time and time again.

Something to note before using any of these tans is that preparation is key. You can check out Amelia’s top tips on self-tan preparation for all the tips and advice but there are always a few things to keep in mind for a good tan.

I always exfoliate before tanning with a scrub and a scrubbing mitt, and always make sure I moisturise daily afterwards. This helps your tan to go on easily without streaks and helps to maintain a nice colour without patches. Always give yourself enough time for your tan to dry, no matter what tan you use it’s always best to set an extra 15 minutes drying time aside.

The Favourite Fake Tans

Whether you are looking for a hint of a golden glow or something a little deeper, we have the best fake tans you need to make those pins look perfect and that face look flawless.

  1. Best For Nights Out
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    Best For Nights Out

    Always my go- to! If I’m ever going on a night out, I always get my St Tropez on the night before.

    The colour is perfect for me and the new formula is a lighter smell – it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin and usually takes around 10 minutes to dry.

    I try to exfoliate every other day to keep it an even colour and when doing this, it tends to last around 5 days.

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  2. Best For Everyday Use
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    Best For Everyday Use

    This is perfect for a lighter every day tan. This is my favourite one to wear every day and is perfect because it doesn’t stain white sheets.

    While a lot of tans say this, I’ve never had any issues with transferring to clothes and the smell is really light (no biscuits!). Absolutely perfect for people new to the tanning category and want to try a tan.

    I like to be quite dark so often have to build it up but the first layer is a lovely golden colour and not too dark for a first time tanner.

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  3. Best For Last Minute Emergencies
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    Best For Last Minute Emergencies

    For last minute plans this is amazing. It gives a perfect colour after an hour, and don’t worry if you leave it on for any longer;, it stops developing after 60 minutes.

    I always reach for this tan if I need to get ready in a hurry; it dries in around 5 minutes and I’ve never had any issues with it rubbing off on my clothes.

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  4. Best For Pay Day
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    Best For Pay Day

    This is the tan I buy when I want to treat myself; it feels so luxurious.

    This tan is a lightweight mousse with lots of lovely ingredients in like Coco Water and Green tea.

    It develops by adapting to your individual skintone, and I find this lasts the longest than any other tan I have tried and fades very nicely – no patchy white areas!

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  5. Best For Natural Ingredients
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    Best For Natural Ingredients

    This mousse dried super quickly and gives an instant colour while developing over time.

    I like this tan because it is made with organic and natural ingredients and I always feel better knowing I’m not putting anything nasty on my skin.

    This is one of the quickest drying tans I have ever used and it dries a lovely deep colour – perfect for me but if this isn’t a look you’re going for, the medium tan would be one to try.

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  6. Best For Budgets
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    Best For Budgets

    While I’ll always be a bigger fan of a mousse for a tan, there’s no denying that the spray makes it so much easier on your legs.

    I always buy this tan in the summer as it dries instantly and you don’t need to rub it in, so you can spray it onto your legs and go!

    The apricot in this tan hides the usual tan smell and is also a lovely scent that reminds me of the summer.

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  7. Best For Dry Skin
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    Best For Dry Skin

    I tried this tan when it was first released and loved it. It’s super hydrating and one of my favourite gradual tans.

    I always like to use a gradual tan when I get back from a holiday and this one is definitely one of my favourites.

    It’s also good to use before holiday on your legs, as the more moisturised your skin is, the quicker you tan.

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  8. Best For Oily Skin
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    Best For Oily Skin

    This tan is a gel, and at first I wasn’t too sure about that and was worried it would be sticky, but it dries super quickly and is really nourishing on the skin.

    This tan goes on really nicely and is always streak free – the gel gives it a little bit of a glow which I love!

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  9. Best For Organic Ingredients
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    Best For Organic Ingredients

    This is a little bit different to any other tan I have used but I love it all the same.

    This is a natural product with organic ingredients in and perfect for a light, natural looking tan. The Aloe Vera helps to hydrate your skin and the orange scent is lovely and summery.

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  10. Best For First-Time Tanners
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    Best For First-Time Tanners

    This is perfect for first time tanners – the formula is really light and builds up into a gentle tan.

    As with all of the other gradual tans, this is really hydrating but I don’t think the colour on this is as dark, which makes it a good product to try if you’d like a light base colour.

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Beth Curbishley

Beth Curbishley

Community User

A self-confessed fake tan queen, I love trying out the latest in golden glows. Although I have had my fair share of fake tan disasters, I can now safely say that I have found my all-time favourites that deliver incredible results time and time again.