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10 of the best self tanners for summer 2019

10 of the best self tanners for summer 2019

With summer not too far around the corner, and with glimmers of sunshine peeking out where they can, we’re getting ready to whip out the best fake tans and self tanners for 2019 and get that gorgeous golden glow. Whether you love a spray, lotion or mousse formula, this is our edit of the best self tanners so you can get bronzed in time for the warmer weather.

Which is the best self tanner for me?

  1. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse
  2. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Foam
  3. St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse
  4. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan
  5. St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse
  6. Skinny Tan Mousse – Ultra Dark
  7. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist
  8. James Read Sleep Mask Body Tan
  9. Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid
  10. Freshly Baked London Original Coconut Self Tan Mousse

10 of the best fake tans for summer 2019

  1. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse
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    St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

    One of the most widely-bought fake tans on the market, St. Tropez’s Express Bronzing Mousse has been specially formulated to give you a gorgeous golden glow in minimal time.

    Working in just 1 hour for a light sun-kissed effect, the mousse can also be left on for up to 3 hours if you want a deep, dark bronze colour. For those with super pale skin, this can be left on overnight if you want to apply then go to bed. It doesn’t go orange or streaky and will leave your skin looking flawless.

    Enriched with 100% natural tanning agents, it also contains nourishing botanicals that keep your skin hydrated, so that the tan doesn’t crack and instead fades evenly.

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  2. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Foam
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    Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Foam

    Having recently won the award for “best new self tan”, the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Tanning Foam has been breaking sales records with many claiming the tan to be their favourite one to date.

    A dream to apply, the tan melts into the skin within seconds to leave you with a golden glow that’s touch-dry, meaning you can get dressed without worrying it will come off on clothes. Enriched with argan and coconut oils, which work to hydrate the skin and give it a glowy sheen-like effect, this is one of the most moisturising self tans we have ever tried.

    If you prefer the feeling of a tanning oil, you will love the brand’s Liquid Gold Oil instead, which absorbs instantly so it doesn’t leave any greasy residue behind.

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  3. St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse
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    St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse

    The St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse is one of our all-time favourite fake tans. With a light, tropical scent, the tan literally melts into the skin upon application, leaving it beautifully hydrated and scented.

    It’s completely clear when first applied, so be thorough when buffing it into the skin to prevent streaks. Other than that, it’s the easiest tan in the world to use as it gives a gorgeous golden glow in 12 hours, and because it’s clear, you can wear clothes straight away without it staining.

    Prefer a gel formula? Try the Purity Water Gel, which is great for drier skin types as it’s super moisturising.

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  4. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan
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    Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan

    Vita Liberata’s pHenomenal Tan has been hailed as a tanning miracle, thanks for its long-lasting properties that mean you don’t need to top-up. For this reason, it’s our favourite tan for a holiday when you want to go with a little golden glow without it fading or going patchy while you’re there.

    As with all Vita Liberata products, it’s a clean tan and is enriched with hydrating botanicals as opposed to chemical nasties, so is great for anyone with sensitive skin.

    For best results, apply over 3 nights to build up so it lasts for 2-3 weeks.

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  5. St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse
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    St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse

    Exclusive to lookfantastic is the St. Tropez Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse, and yes it really does smell super sweet and gorgeous.

    As it’s the same formula as the original St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, this needs to sit on the skin for between 4 and 8 hours before being washed off. Leaving the skin looking beautifully bronzed and glowing, this is perfect for anyone who hates the traditional smell of fake tan.

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  6. Skinny Tan Mousse - Ultra Dark
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    Skinny Tan Mousse - Ultra Dark

    Like your tan to be ultra dark and oh so sultry? You will love Skinny Tan’s Mousse, which gives a super-deep tan without going orange, green or any other colour in between.

    The formula itself is whipped and so feels incredibly fluffy when applied onto the skin, leaving it beautifully hydrated and nourished. What’s great about this tan is that you can use it on both the face and body, so if you’re someone who likes a minimal beauty routine, this is the perfect fake tan for you.

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  7. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist
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    Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist

    If mousse and oil formulas are too heavy for your skin type, you will love the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist. Made especially for fairer skin, the lightweight spritz deposits a light golden glow onto the skin without ever looking orange or streaky.

    The nozzle has a 360 degree feature, which means you can spray the tan evenly so you get a flawless looking finish. Enriched with Vitamin E, it envelopes the skin in moisture for a really beautifully hydrated glow.

    The best part? It can be washed off after just one hour if you want a light, sun-kissed glow (for a deeper tan, leave on for about 4 hours).

    Have darker skin? Try the same formula in the deep shade for a gorgeous bronzed glow.

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  8. James Read Sleep Mask Body Tan
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    James Read Sleep Mask Body Tan

    James Read is the tanning expert behind supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s golden glow, so you can bet he knows a thing or two when it comes to fake tans.

    Developed to keep your bed lined and clothes clean and free from tan, the lightweight formula of the Sleep Mask Tan melts into the skin and absorbs instantly, leaving no sticky feeling behind. It’s infused with a blend of nourishing botanicals too to keep your skin hydrated too, including hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and algae extract.

    The next morning, spritz a little of the James Read Illuminating Tan Mist over your skin for a radiant finish.

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  9. Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid
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    Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid

    Love a liquid fake tan? Then you will adore Fake Bake’s Flawless Self Tan.

    Made with a unique triple-action formula, the liquid helps to deliver an uber dark and deep bronze colour to the skin without ever looking orange or streaky. It absorbs really quickly too, so is great for anyone applying tan in a rush.

    The fake tan also comes with an applicator mitt so you can ensure even coverage all over the body.

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  10. Freshly Baked London Original Coconut Self Tan Mousse
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    Freshly Baked London Original Coconut Self Tan Mousse

    Freshly Baked London’s range of fake tans is perfect for anyone who hates the traditional fake tan. Beautifully scented, they leave no tell-tale sign that you ever used self tan, meaning you can apply and go.

    Their Coconut Self Tan Mousse is enriched with a blend of plant botanicals like green tea and aloe vera to soothe, while Vitamins A and E hydrate and brighten.

    Free from alcohol, the tan won’t dry out the skin, and even better it’s 100% cruelty-free.

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Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!