Looking for the best fake tan? These will make you look like you've spent a week on Love Island

The fake tans you need to try

Laura Sutcliffe

If you are looking for a sun-kissed glow but don't have the spare cash for a holiday to a chic Mallorca villa – you have come to the right place! We have searched high and low to find the best fake tan for you, because we're good like that. 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, 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 – once spring has arrived, we soon realise that it's time to banish those pasty legs and get glowing! However, choosing the best fake tan can be quite a difficult task – do you opt for an instant formula, – or a gradual? And what about if you want to try an extra-dark fake tan without looking like an Oompa Loompa? The list is totally endless. 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

Benefit's Zero Tan Lines - £25.50

Hoola Zero Tan Lines, £25.50 Benefit 

If you are on the lookout for an instant tan with a difference, you need to try Benefit's Zero Tan Lines, which is part of the iconic Hoola range. A tinted formula which blends seamlessly on the body and it gives a streak-free, buildable colour that won't transfer on your clothes. Plus, it even comes with a sponge applicator on the lid which means application couldn't be easier.

Purity Bronzing Water Mousse - £31.00

Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, £31.00, St. Tropez

St.Tropez is known for its innovative fake tan range – the brand were the first to develop the genius in-shower tan after all – and the newest launch doesn't disappoint. The all-new Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is an ultra-lightweight foaming mousse formula which gives a glowing and natural looking golden tan. Plus, it’s infused with refreshing green mandarin water, which makes for a delicious tropical fragrance.

Bondi Sands Everyday - Gradual Tanning Milk

Bondi Sands Everyday, £11.99, Superdrug

If you're after a gradual tan, make sure you try the Bondi Sands Everyday. Enriched with aloe vera and Vitamin E, your skin will thank you for it. And don't worry, it smells nice! With a cocoa butter scent, you'll forget you're wearing self-tan.

Sienna X 1 Hour Tan Tinted Mist - £22

1 Hour Tan Tinted Mist, £22, Sienna X

Want a quick and easy tan on the go? Step up Sienna X. The new 1 Hour Tan Tinted Mist is a great tinted, lightweight spray which is perfect for topping up your tan fast. Infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E – it's hydrating and soothing and is super long-lasting. What's not to love?

Fake Bake, Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body - £29.99

Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body, £29.99, Fake Bake

When you think of holidays, you think of coconuts, right? Any fan of the fresh summer smell will love Fake Bake's latest offering - The Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body. This serum is filled to the brim 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.

This Works, Perfect Legs Gradual Tan - £38 

Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38, This Works

Is there anything more delightful than a pair of freshly tanned pins? This Works has produced a product which is just for the legs – a gradual tan which you apply to your limbs. It will gradually build 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.

Primark Bronzing Face and Body Butter - £2.50

Bronzing Face and Body Butter, £2.50, Primark

If you want bronzed skin on a budget – Primark beauty has a great little compact which will set you back just £2.50. The Bronzing Face & Body Butter has an incredible summer scent, and it can be applied to the face and décolletage – adding a golden glow in seconds. Mix with your daily foundation for a dewy finish.

St. Tropez, Extra Dark Mousse - £26

Extra Dark Mousse, £26, St. Tropez

For those who want to look like they have just returned from the Maldives (sigh) the next best thing has to be St. Tropez’s Extra Dark Mousse. Using the latest tanning technology – this tan develops in just four hours and has a natural-looking, extra-dark guide colour, and it can be applied morning or night. It contains Jojoba esters which keep the skin nourished whilst you tan, so you don’t have to worry about your skin drying out.

Isle of Paradise, Self tanning drops for face and body - £19.95 

Self tanning drops for face and body, £19.95, Isle of Paradise

Isle of Paradise is the new tan on the block which is taking over Instagram. Packaged in a glass bottle which is pepped up with pastel prettiness, this pipette-housed product is so easy to use, simply add a drop of the formula to your daily moisturiser and it will make you look instantly sun-kissed.

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