11 of the best fake tans to make you look like a bronze goddess

The fake tans you need to try for a glow - even in winter

Laura Sutcliffe

If you are looking for a sun-kissed glow but don't have the spare cash for a holiday, we've got your back with the best fake tan products for your healthiest glow yet. It might be winter outside, but with these easy-to-apply tanning products, you can glow even if your chances of seeing sunshine are slim-to-none. 

 But first, you have to ask yourself which self-tanning product are you looking for? Are you after a gradual tanner, an instant quick fix-er, or are you desperate to try the new tanning water everyone is raving about? Don't worry, we have your back - these are the best false tan products for you, from St Tropez to Sienna X to Fake Bake. Fake tan is an essential item we all reach for when the weather gets warmer. So we have found a selection of the best fake tans you need to try – and there's something for everyone. And don't worry about that infamous biscuit smell or streaky legs – newer formulas are trying to combat this -  and all of our favourite fake tans are easy to use and won't leave you looking like a tangerine dream.

Best for... An illuminating glow for your body


Coconut Dry Oil Tan Body, £25, James Read @ LookFantastic

You know when you jet off on holiday, and the smell of coconut suncream gets you excited? Well, James Read's Dry Oil Tan Body is actually formulated with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E, and the scent is out of this world. The non-greasy formula dries super speedily and leaves you with a natural, even tan that's long-lasting and illuminating. 


Best for... An instant glow 


 Instant Gel Self Tanning, £18.45, Clarins 

 Gals on the go will love Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel. The tinted formula blends seamlessly on the body, leaving a warm-toned tan that won't transfer on your clothes and can be washed off with water. It's formulated with unique plant extracts, so your skin remains soft after you've applied it. 


Best for... A tan with a glorious scent


Self Tan Classic Watermelon Infusion Mousse, £31, St. Tropez @ ASOS

St.Tropez was the first company to bring out the genius in-shower tan, and are always one step ahead of the game when it comes to new and exciting formulas. Last year we saw the release of the Bronzing Water gel, and now - meet the brand's Watermelon Infusion Mousse! Super lightweight, this magic fluid mix gently absorbs into the skin effortlessly, without stickiness and best of all, it lightly smells of the refreshing fruit. The golden brown colour also means you can tell everyone you just came back from the Maldives... (we won't tell.)


Best for... Easy application


Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam, £18.99, Bondi Sands @ Look Fantastic

As frothy as your early morning coffee, Bondi Sands Aero is a foamy formula which not only has a light scent of coconut but is as light as air, leaving your skin with a warm, long-lasting glow. Use with a mitt and watch your skin transform. 


Best for... An easy to wear glow


Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, 37.50, Elemis @ FeelUnique

Not everyone wants to be as tanned as a TOWIE cast member, so if a subtle hint of colour is what you're after, the Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion by Elemis is just the product for you. The secret ingredient of wheat builds a subtle, even tan that won't overpower. And the added Red Algae Extract and Green Tea will keep you hydrated.


Best for... Radiance


Beauty Blur Sunless Glow, £32.50, Vita Liberata @ Lookfantastic

Vita Liberata is loved by everyone, from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to world-famous beauty bloggers and the Beauty Blur Sunless Glow is a total treat. This multi-purpose skin-tone optimiser enhances the face and  décolleté with tan whilst still acting as a primer - blurring imperfections and leaving you with flawless skin. The colour payoff is a true caramel and features light reflecting particles, and skin is left looking radiant and oh-so-smooth. 


Best for... A tan in a rush

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Ultra Dark Express Liquid Tan, £23.50, He-Shi @ Look Fantastic

Want a quick and easy tan on the go? Step up he-shi. The extra dark express liquid tan is a tinted formula that's perfect for topping up your tan, FAST. With its cooling texture, it's easily absorbed and feels supple on the skin. It's even designed to help moisturise, meaning no dry patchy finish. 


Best for... Tan for the face AND body


Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body, £24.36, Fake Bake @ Amazon

When you think of holidays, you think of coconuts, right? Fake Bake's latest offering is the Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body. This serum is packed with skin-loving ingredients – including coconut oil which acts as a firming treatment. This product nourishes and tones the skin while still adding colour. Like any serum, it's long-lasting and is completely streak free, plus it plumps the skin all in one hit.


Best for... The legs


Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38, This Works @ Look Fantastic

As the name suggests, this really does work! The Perfect Legs Gradual Tan gives a natural-looking tan with a sparkly hint of subtle shimmer. The pumping applicator means you don’t waste any product and the robust bottle is great for travelling with.


Best for... The face


Nordic-C Midsummer Glow Self-Tan Drops, £25.90, Lumene at Feel Unique

Hot off the press, Lumene Nordic-C Midsummer Glow Self-Tan Drops combine tanning and skincare. Add a couple of drops of this Vitamin C enriched formula to your favourite moisturiser, mix together, and gently massage into your face. The tan works with your own skin tone; it's progressive and leaves you with a sunkissed - and streak-free - result.


Best for... Ease-of-use

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Self-tanning drops, £19.95, Isle of Paradise @ Look Fantastic

These drops often sell out, and it's no wonder - one bottle will last you for ages, since you simply need to add a few drops to your favourite moisturiser to maintain a healthy glow. They're designed for your face, but can be used in body lotion too - and best of all, they're vegan and cruelty-free. 


And for taking it all off…


Prep & Maintain Tan Remover Mousse, £14.50, St. Tropez

Don't you just hate it when fake tan starts to wear off? Well, thanks to St. Tropez's new wonder product, you won't be left with patchy skin. The Prep & Maintain Tan Remover Mousse blitzes all traces of tan (even the most dark) leaving your skin smooth, clean and ready for the next application! The light formula actually contains detoxifying cotton extract which is ideal for sensitive skin.


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