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24 best tanning drops for your face to get your glow on in 2023

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Leanne Bayley
Leanne BayleyDirector of Lifestyle & Commerce
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for Fake tan for the entire body may look great and give you that gorgeous golden glow, but, admittedly, can be a little bit of hassle to apply evenly - which is why we can’t get enough of tanning drops for your face.

Not only are face tanning drops easy to apply, help to achieve that bronzed radiance, and are more delicate for the sensitive skin on your face, they can also double up as a moisturiser as some contain aloe vera and vitamin E.

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If you’re anything like us you may also find that your tan on your face, whether real or a faux glow, comes off quicker than the rest of your body, but a few little droplets of self tan can remedy that for an even complexion. 

The popular tanning brands, including Tan Luxe, Skinny Tan, Tanologist and Isle of Paradise are among some of the labels who have heard our cries for a specific face tan. 

What are tanning drops?

Tanning drops are a formula which contain a self tan formula to give your skin a faux sun tan, and depending on the product can vary from light to dark shades. 

They are super simple to use, you can apply two to three drops directly to your face, and let it sink in, similar to a moisturiser, or you can blend with a serum as a tan enhancer. 

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How to use tanning drops?

Tanning drops are super simple to use. 

All you have to do is apply a few drops to your face, whether you apply directly to your skin, blend with your moisturiser, or on your hands before blending in, as you would any other face serum. 

Let it dry, and develop, and you will notice your skin will be glowing.

Best tanning drops for the face

Garnier tanning drops for the face

Garnier’s new Tanning Drops feature a naturally derived tanning active. Customise your gradual results by applying with your moisturiser to build an even, glowing tan. Mrs Hinch is a big fan and declared it a 10 out of 10

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi tanning drops for face

Drunk Elephant's TikTok famous D-Bronzi Anti Pollution Drops drops have recently taken the internet by storm. Only recently back in stock, this face-tanning product has gone viral thanks to its glowy, easy-to-apply formula which leaves you with the perfect sunkissed glow. Bound to sell out again, make sure you get your hands on this must-have while you can!

drunk elephant bronzing drops

 Isle of Paradise tanning drops for face

Isle of Paradise is one of the go-to tanning brabds. For those looking for a beauty buy especially for the face, these Self-Tanning Drops are ideal to tan your visage. Formulated with HyperViolet complex to reduce orange tones, the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops can be added to your favourite moisturiser for a natural, streak-free glow. With shades to suit a variety of skin tones, these colour-correcting drops effortlessly fit into your daily routine to keep your skin looking radiant all year round.

Isle of paradise drops

Tan Luxe tanning drops for face

Tan Luxe is arguably the most popular fake tan brand, with the brand's face tan drops increasing in popularity, especially on social media. Not only can you choose different shades, but Tan Luxe's face drops also target different skin needs, from Super Glow, which contains nourishing hyaluronic acid, to Anti-Age that targets fine lines and wrinkles.

Tan luxe the face

Collistar tanning drops for face

Born in Milan, Collistar is Italy’s number one prestige beauty brand and it’s recently landed here in the UK with its bestselling Gocce Magiche Tanning Drops. With an ultra-rapid tanning effect, skin will be left with a beautiful, golden bronze in less than an hour. 

collistar tanning drops

St. Tropez tanning drops for face

St. Tropez is one of the leading fake tan brands to shop, and for those looking for something specific to give their face a little sunkissed glow, you have met your match. The formula is lightweight, and buildable, but also vegan. Apply a couple of coats for that fresh off the beach look, or opt for one or two drops for just a little hint of tan.

st tropez tanning dropes

Green People tanning drops for face 

Organic tanning drops for a perfect sun-kissed glow for face and body.  Each 30ml bottle comes with a dropper which makes it quick and easy to blend the perfect amount of tan drops with moisturiser, before smoothing onto the skin to achieve a non-streaky, customised depth of tan.

Blend 1-5 drops of Liquid Gold Tanning Drops with your favourite face cream or 6-10 drops with your body lotion and smooth into the skin. The more drops you add, the deeper your tan will be. Allow to dry for 10 minutes before applying clothing and then wait for your sun-kissed glow to emerge.

green people tan

Skinny Tan tanning drops for face

Skinny Tan's Face Tanning Drops can be easily added to your moisturiser to give your skin a little "hint of tint". It is also cruelty free, is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and also free of harsh chemicals, which is why it gets a yes from us.

Bondi Sands tanning drops for face

Bondi Sands' Pure Concentrated Self Tan Drops are more potent than other face tan drops, so it is ideal for those who want a darker glow.  They also aim to deeply nourish your skin, as it contains Hyaluronic Acid, vitamin C and E, which work to repair and hydrate the dermis. 

Bondi sands tanning drops

Bali Body tanning drops for face

For those looking for a lightweight tan enhancer for the face, look no further.  This Bali Body Tan Water is enriched with hydrated jojoba oil, and soothing rose water, with the addition of tan enhancer to leave your skin hydrated, radiant and sun kissed. 

Bali body drops

Tanologist tanning drops for face and body

While we are lusting after a face tan, a face tan that is gentle on the body too is the double threat our beauty cupboards need. 

Tanologist fake tan drops

James Read tanning drops for face

James Read's H20 Gradual Tan Drops are a lightweight serum, which help to nourish and hydrate the skin,t hanks to the inclusion of aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, while also adding just a little sunkissed glow.

james read

Tropic Skincare tanning drops for face

Tropic Skincare is a beauty brand to invest in for natural ingredients, and beauty buys that are suitable for all skin types and wanting a range of beauty products. The latest skincare buy on our radar is the brand's SUN DROPS Gradual Tanning Facial Serum, which has been created from natural plant allo-melanin to mimic your skin's natural sun kissed glow, and will combat any streaks or garish orange patches people fear when fake tanning. 

Tropic drops

Filter by Molly Mae tanning drops for face

Molly-Mae Hague has released her very own fake tan brand, complete with tanning drops. The Filter by Molly Mae Tanning Drops can be used on your face and body for a natural sun-kissed glow.

Filter molly mae

Coco & Eve tanning drops for face

Bronzing Face Drops aim to be a super hydrating formula, which is free of nasties including alcohol that dries the skin. Not only does it hydrate, and tan your skin, but it also works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Coco eve drop

Dr. Sebagh tanning drops for face

Dr. Sebagh's Self Tanning Drops tick all the boxes, as they not only provide a natural sun tan, but it also shields the skin from HEV light, and protects against the blue light, which is emitted from screens of smartphones, tablets and laptops.  

Dr Sebagh drops

Trish McEvoy tanning drops for face

Trish McEvoy's Instant Solutions Tanning Drops have been described as a "customisable" self tan, which you can layer if you would like a darker tan. It also works to hydrate the skin for a glowing and smooth skin surface. 

Trish McEvoy drops

Oskia tanning drops for face

Oskia's Adaptive Tan Drops is a vegan and natural formula, which contains nourishing ingredients, including vitamins A, B5, C and E, Pea Peptides, White Tea and MSM. The self-tanning drops boosts melanin production for a natural sun kissed glow, which develops over three to four hours.

Oskia drops

St Moriz tanning drops for face

St. Moriz is another top rated fake tan label, which has stood the test of time.  The Advanced Miracle Glow Face Tan Serum works to provide a radiant glow and natural-looking faux tan.

st moriz

Clarins tanning drops for face

Clarins is one of the leading skincare brands, so those looking for a skin brightening and tan enhancing beauty buy - look no further than the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face.

Clarins self tan

Autograph tanning drops for face

M&S' own brand, Autograph, is known for chic clothes, trusted footwear and even more reliable underwear.  But they have also ventured into beauty, and we aren't complaining. 

M&S has an affordable Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil under Autograph, which achieves a light/medium tan, and is super affordable for under £10. 

autrograph drops

Simple tanning drops for face

Simple's Protect ‘N’ Glow Radiance Booster SPF 30 is a surefire way to achieve non-stop radiant skin. The perfect addition to your skin care routine, this product boasts triple protection against potentially skin-damaging elements of modern life.

Dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, this product is preservative-free and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin

simple tan drops

Beauty Pie tanning drops for face

Beauty Pie's Awesome Bronze Sun Kissed Glow self tanning drops contain hyaluronic acid and red seaweed to leave your skin nourished and renewed as well as with that highly sought-after sun-kissed glow. 

Beauty pie drops

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