The only way to get a flawless tan? Use a fake tan that's suited to your skintone...
Nothing can seemingly knock inches off your problem areas quicker than a coat of self-tan. These tinted, glow-inducing formula’s are adept at artificially slimming thighs, tummies and bingo wings. If you’re looking for a fake tan for pale skin, you need one that’s foolproof and streak free: the slightest hint of orange is going to show up much more obviously on porcelain complexions as opposed to olive tones.
St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion, £12 is a buildable self-tan that lightly tints your skin over time, so you can keep on top of streaks before they develop and build colour day by day.
If you suffer from sensitive skin look for a DHA-free tanner with natural ingredients – they are equally as hydrating but extra kind to problem areas.
Best for: Pale skin
Fair skin can tan – but using a product meant for medium to olive skintones will look unnatural and is more likely to result in an uneven finish. Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Express Pro Spray for Fair Skin for a foolproof, gentle colour that will just enhance your natural tone, rather than giving you an intense tan.
Best for: Allergic skin
With new research suggesting regular fake tans could have long-term effects on our health, it’s wise to think about using a DHA-free tanner, even if the chemicals don’t irritate your skin. If you are allergic, the Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is a revelation. Check out the whole range to find your perfect product – we love this version, which is the first fake tan to last up to three weeks.
Best for: Sensitive skin
New from St Tropez is the Sensitive range: A collection of tanners that have been specially formulated to be gentle on senstive skin. With extra moisturisers and naturally-derived tanning agents, everyone can achieve a flawless tan with this product. We recommend the St Tropez Self-Tan Sensitive Bronzing Body Lotion for anyone who struggles with chemically-enhanced products.
Best for: Men
Thanks to Fake Bake, men can now stop scorching their skin in the sun and get on board with a good quality fake tan, just like the ladies. Super-hydrating and with anti-ageing properties, the Fake Bake Bronzing Gel Self Tan Unisex gives a natural golden glow, leaving no tell-tale signs of faking it at home.
Best for: Black and Asian skin
Many people think black or Asian skin doesn’t need fake tan. But using one specifically designed for darker skin can enhance tone and give you an all-over luminous glow. Xen-Tan’s Dark Lotion gives a rich, intense colour that lasts for up to 10 days. This is also great for olive skintones, if you want to achieve a deeper colour.