Your Ultimate Guide to At-Home Self-Tanners
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Faking It1 of 7
By Tiffany Tse
Scared of telltale streaks and splotches and that funky odor? Don't be. The latest self-tanning products are easy to apply, deliver natural-looking results and even smell good—or (wait for it) don't smell at all. To help you choose the right one, the Glo staffers tested out six sunless face and body options. Check out their reviews now!
Smooth Operator2 of 7
The promise: Tarte's self-tanner, which comes with an applicator mitt, is made with hydrating ingredients like maracuja oil and vitamin E. It's designed to give you a natural glow, while moisturizing your skin.
Tester's take: "I used one coat on my face and two on my legs for a tan that lasted about two days. Unlike other greasy formulas, this had a smooth, velvety texture and didn't smell at all. It gave me a believable golden glow, perfect for my fair complexion."
SHOP NOW: Tarte Brazilliance maracuja face & body self tanner, $37, sephora.com
Smell You Later3 of 7
The promise: Vita Liberata's odorless lotion, which is safe to use on your face and body, offers a long-lasting tan. Made with shea butter, it keeps skin hydrated. The mitt, which is soft enough to use on the face and neck area, allows for a flawless application.
Tester's take: "A little bit goes a long way. Since the lotion is fast drying, apply it evenly and don't use too much—the mitt helps. It doesn't give off a funky smell, and my skin felt smooth afterwards."
Feeling Misty4 of 7
Tester's take: "I already have dark skin, but Norvell's mist evened out my skin tone without leaving streaks. I also loved the exfoliating mitt, which buffed away the dry skin on my legs and helped the mist go on smoothly."
All That Glitters5 of 7
How it works: St. Tropez's new dry oil is a quick-drying, non-greasy formula made with essential oils that not only smell good, but impart a light sheen. This one promises a natural glow for up to ten days.
Tester's take: "I was caught off guard by how dark the oil seemed compared to my skin, but it turned out fine! I liked the shimmery effect and how it didn't streak. While you need to apply a few layers to see results, the color's lasted for three days so far and looks great."
SHOP NOW: St. Tropez self-tan dry oil, $50, sephora.com
Under the Sun6 of 7
The promise: Supergoop!'s green-tea-and-cucumber-scented mousse comes with SPF 20 and won't leave any residue on your clothes or towels. It's also designed to deliver a gradual olive-hued tan.
Tester's take: "Though it's labeled a mousse, the consistency felt a lot like sunblock, yet it wasn't oily. The lotion-like texture made it easy to apply. I love that it doesn't stain—you can even wear white with it!"
SHOP NOW: Supergoop! gradual self-tanning sunscreen mousse, $38, nordstrom.com
The Silk Road7 of 7
The promise: Formulated with Japanese silk fibers, Sensai's facial gel has a creamy consistency. You can wear it alone (just apply two or three times a week to maintain an even tan) or layer your foundation over it.
Tester's take: "The buttery gel glided onto my skin like my usual facial moisturizer. Immediately after massaging it over my face, I noticed my skin had a dewy glow and subtle bronze color. I was able to apply makeup over it without any streaking or hints of orange."
SHOP NOW: Sensai gel, $75, neimanmarcus.com