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Which are the best self tanners for the face?

Which are the best self tanners for the face?
Team LF
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When it comes to nailing your fake tan routine, the face can be one of the most difficult places to get right. Often, if you try to apply a body tan to your face, you end up with patches, or an unnatural looking colour.

For a truly seamless finish, it's always best to use a self tanner for the face and achieve a light golden glow. That way, you will also need to use less makeup, which is better and healthier for the skin.

To help you out we've curated an edit of the best self tanners for the face that will leave you looking like a bronzed goddess.

Which are the best self tanners for the face?

Although some self tanning formulas are made for both face and body, if it doesn't state face on the packaging, it shouldn't be applied onto it. The skin on your face is different to that on your body, and using the wrong formula can lead to breakouts and dehydration. Therefore we have selected 10 of our favourite self tanners for the face that will leave you gorgeous and glowing.

10 of the best self tanners for the face

  1. Tan-Luxe Super Gloss Serum 30ml
  2. Manuka Doctor Apibronze Facial Bronzing Gel
  3. Face by Skinny Tan Moisturising Oil Drops
  4. Tanologist Face and Body Drops.
  5. Sol de Janeiro's Copacabana Bronze Glow Motion
  6. James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm
  7. Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Face Mist
  8. OSKIA Tan Drops
  9. Face by Skinny Tan Overnight Tan & Hydrate Mask.
  10. Vita Liberata Beauty Blur in Sunless Glow

1. Tan-Luxe Super Gloss Serum 30ml

  • Tan-Luxe Super Gloss Serum 30ml

    Tan-Luxe Super Gloss Serum 30ml

    4.86 Stars 7 Reviews
    £28.00

Discover instant radiance with the Tan-Luxe Super Gloss Serum. Infused with Hyaluronic acid to plump your complexion and Squalane for a burst of hydration, this lightweight SPF30 formula nourishes and protects your skin whilst giving you an enviable glow.

2. Manuka Doctor Apibronze Facial Bronzing Gel

  • Manuka Doctor ApiBronze Age-Defying Facial Bronzing Gel 50ml

    Manuka Doctor ApiBronze Age-Defying Facial Bronzing Gel 50ml

    3.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £14.99

Manuka Doctor's Apibronze Facial Bronzing Gel has been developed to deliver a natural golden glow suitable for all skin types. Formulated with Manuka Honey and Purified Bee Venom, the gel melts into the skin to leave a natural tan behind, all while ensuring the skin stays hydrated and plumped-up.

*no bees are harmed during the making of any Manuka Doctor skincare products.

3. Face by Skinny Tan Moisturising Oil Drops

  • Face by Skinny Tan Moisturising Oil Drops 30ml

    Face by Skinny Tan Moisturising Oil Drops 30ml

    4.87 Stars 15 Reviews
    £10.04

Discover Skinny Tan's fast absorbing Moisturising oil drops. Designed to be used alone or mixed in with your moisturiser, these drops can be easily incorporated into your daily skincare routine. Infused with Aloe Vera and Guarana, the formula leaves your skin feeling nourished as you tan, promoting a healthy glow.

4. Tanologist Face and Body Drops - Medium 30ml

  • Tanologist Face and Body Drops - Medium 30ml

    Tanologist Face and Body Drops - Medium 30ml

    4 Stars 1 Reviews
    £14.99

Achieve an effortless sunkissed tan with the Tanologist Face and Body Drops. A great way to incorporate tanning into your daily routine, these drops can be combined with your normal moisturiser to boost your glow. Formulated to be lightweight and apply smoothly onto the skin without clogging pores, you can create a radiant glow, without compromising your skin.

5. Sol de Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Motion 30ml

  • Sol de Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Motion 30ml

    Sol de Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Motion 30ml

    £16.20

Bridging the gap between skincare and makeup, Sol de Janeiro's Copacabana Bronze Glow Motion is a highlighting oil that illuminates your complexion, without leaving it sticky. Whether used alone or in combination with makeup, the Coconut and Açaí Oil enriched formula repairs skin and protects it from environmental aggressors whilst providing a radiant shimmer.

6. James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm

  • James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm Face & Body 150ml

    James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm Face & Body 150ml

    3 Stars 2 Reviews
    £30.00

Anyone with severely dry skin take note: this is the best self tanner for you. The James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm is made with 100% organic coconut oil to deeply moisturise and hydrate. Created with the brand's unique and innovative "Tantone" technology, the balm creates a tan customised to your natural skin tone for flawless results.

7. Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Face Mist - Day 100ml

  • Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Face Mist - Day 100ml

    Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Face Mist - Day 100ml

    4.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £15.95

Refresh and tan with the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Face Mist. Formulated with Lemon and Rosemary to invigorate and awaken the senses, this lightweight mist gives you a glowy boost with just a few quick sprays. Perfect for use on the go, the mist contains Hyaluronic acid to plump skin and maintain its natural moisture all day long.

8. OSKIA Tan Drops

  • OSKIA Adaptive Tan Drops

    OSKIA Adaptive Tan Drops

    4 Stars 1 Reviews
    £70.00

OSKIA's Adaptive Tan Drops are made from a 100% natural formulation. Featuring the brand's own unique (and natural) encapsulated DHA, the drops also contain natural melanin boosters to increase your skin's chance of tanning naturally. They have been designed to be added to any moisturiser or serum of your choice, and let you wake up with a lightweight golden glow. They are without a doubt, one of our favourite self tanners for your face!

9. Face by Skinny Tan Overnight Tan & Hydrate Mask 50ml

  • Face by Skinny Tan Overnight Tan & Hydrate Mask 50ml

    Face by Skinny Tan Overnight Tan & Hydrate Mask 50ml

    4.25 Stars 8 Reviews
    £13.39

Get your glow on as you sleep with the Face by Skinny Tan Overnight Tan & Hydrate Mask. Formulated with Aloe Vera and Guarana, this mask hydrates your skin and locks in moisture overnight whilst developing a sunkissed glow. The antioxidant rich formula also fights signs of ageing meaning that, unlike when you tan in the sun, your skin appears more youthful and healthy.

10. Vita Liberata Beauty Blur in Sunless Glow

  • Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow - 30ml (Latte)

    Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow - 30ml (Latte)

    4.7 Stars 10 Reviews
    £32.50

Free from chemical nasties, the Sunless Glow Beauty Blur, works as a HD primer, evening out the skin tone and imparting a gorgeous radiance. Plus, it delivers a beautiful-looking tan if you have forgotten to actually tan and need a quick fix.

Want to create the ultimate golden goddess status? Discover our best gradual tan or best fake tan for pale skin guides.

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