Right, let’s say it: You are too damn old to be messing around with crap self tans. Everyone is entitled to a few marmalade mistakes in their time, but there’s simply no excuse now.
A bit of self tan is the perfect way to get yourself looking completely glam. And so you never, EVER have to have a burnt toast mishap again, here are eight of the best self tans you can buy.
#1 The Last-Minute Life Saver
If there’s anyone that knows how to nail the perfect tan look, it’s mega babe Lara [Worthington] Bingle. Her range comes chock-full of all your faux tanning needs, and the wash-off bronzing gel is perfect for those last-minute touch ups and times when pre-outing glow is mandatory.
The Base by Lara Bingle Wash Off Bronzing Gel, available online, $29
#2 The All-Over Spray
Oh yes, maximum coverage with little effort. Not only does Ella Bache provide the perfect gradual colour, but this spray with a 360° nozzle helps to reach those fiddly bits (like that damn Bermuda Triangle of skin between your shoulders) with ease. This one also has added moisturiser, so it’s one of those two birds, one stone situations.
Ella Bache Great Spraytan Moisturising Spray Tan For Body, available online, $45
#3 The Cult Favourite
Everyone knows St. Tropez has been winning the self tan game for as long as we’ve known what colour we actually want to be. This beautiful bronzing spray has a 360° spray technology to get all the complicated angles, and it’s smooth as silk when it goes on: no nasty dry, flaky patches here!
Saint Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Spray, available online, $44.95
#4 The Miracle Mousse
Now here’s a product that proves you don’t have to break the bank to get a perfect, even and failsafe tan. Le Tan Fast Tan Instant Mousse is an easy-to-apply foam that only requires a quick coat and a shimmy shake to dry before you’re good to go. It comes in three shades depending if you’re looking for a sunkissed look or a full-on, ‘just returned from Europe’ vibe.
Le Tan Foaming Mousse, available online, $13.49
#5 The Failsafe Face Tan
Let’s not beat around the bush: tanning your face is nothing short of a terrifying experience. If you get it wrong, there is literally no way to hide it. None. The good news is, ultra babe Jennifer Hawkins has sorted this out and offers the perfect colour and lightweight formula. It’s non-greasy, easily absorbed and smells delicious. All around win!
Jbronze by Jennifer Hawkins Face Flawless Tan, available online, $24.95
#6 The One That Doubles as Perfume
We love ourselves a bit of local pride, and Bondi Sands self tanning mist gives us just that. As well as a heavenly coconut scent that you’ll be proud to have radiating from your skin. These guys also make a very convenient back applicator so patches are a thing of the past.
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist, available online, $19.95
#7 The Express Tanner
Here’s the thing: you’re partial to a mousse, you’re about to head on a beach holiday, but you have very little time to get your tan on. James Read Express Tan Bronzing Mousse ticks all of those boxes AND provides the perfect golden colour. You can shower after an hour for a light glow, two hours for a medium hue, and three hours for a deep bronze.
James Read Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, available online, $67
#8 The Classic Staple
A favourite among beauty editors and people who enjoy glowing since self tan became a thing, Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is always a good choice. Its natural colour and smooth texture keep make it a staple in any bathroom cupboard.
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, available online, $40
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