gradual self tanning face water

THE TIP-OFF: SELF-TAN LIKE A PRO

Fake it ‘til you make it.

We here at The Sephora Glossy love the sunkissed look of tans, but not as much as we hate the threats of skin cancer, sun spots, and premature wrinkles. That’s why we’ve mastered the delicate art of applying self-tanner. Below, a list of some of our favorite products, broken down by format—so you can find your new favorite, too. BECKY PEDERSON

THE PRODUCT
Vita Liberata Rapid Tan Mousse + Tanning Mitt
THE FORMAT
A foaming mousse that leaves a glow in as little as one hour, plus a reusable, washable, extra-soft flock mitt designed for applying a flawless, even tan.
PRO TIP
Apply in circular motions, starting on the top of your body. Leave elbows, knees, hands, and feet for last, using only the mousse that’s leftover from your full-body application.

THE PRODUCT
Kate Somerville 360° Tanning Towelettes
THE FORMAT
A towelette soaked with a paraben-free self-tanning formula that provides a quick, streak-free application.
PRO TIP
Let the formula dry on your body for five minutes before getting dressed, lest you accidentally stain your clothes.

THE PRODUCT
SEPHORA COLLECTION Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water
THE FORMAT
A gentle, lightweight formula that gradually leaves a soft, natural glow on your visage.
PRO TIP
Use a flat cotton round, as opposed to using a cotton ball, for an even application.

THE PRODUCT
Bronze Buffer Self-Tan Remover
THE FORMAT
An exfoliating sponge that wipes away unwanted stains, even after the color has set.
PRO TIP
Swipe using light strokes on your knees, feet, and elbows, but steer clear of more sensitive areas like your face, neck, and chest—this product exfoliates, so it works best on areas with thicker skin.

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HIGH FIVE: GOLDEN WONDERS

Find your summer glow in a range of formulations.

Turns out there is something new under the sun. The latest ways to get your bronze on are formulated in an array of textures—from velvety cream to liquid gold. We tested out summer’s finest faux-glowers below to help you find the type that works best for you. JESSICA VELEZ

THE TYPE: Liquid

THE PRODUCT: Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15

We never thought we’d see the day when a bronzer could not only make it look like we’ve been toasting in the sun all day, but also actually protect us from its damaging rays. And we’ve found just that in this waterless, liquefied concoction with sunscreen by Giorgio Armani. It comes with a simple-to-distribute drop applicator for a buildable glow—and has a luxurious, silky feel and shimmery finish.

THE TYPE: Cream

THE PRODUCT: BECCA Bronzing Skin Perfector

Bronzer that does more than warm up your complexion is a growing trend. BECCA’s cream-to-powder mixture also helps to blur skin’s imperfections on top of its glow effect. Goddess-like skin is only a squeeze of the tube away.

THE TYPE: Mist

THE PRODUCT: SEPHORA COLLECTION Perfection Mist Airbrush Bronzer Face and Body

When you want a post-vacation glow without the commitment of a semi-permanent spray tan, this mist is key. It’s transfer- proof, which is beauty talk for “it won’t stain your sheets.” Spray yourself anywhere with the airbrush bronzer (it’s safe for body and face application) and you’ll get an instant dose of faux vitamin D that lasts up to eight glow-full hours.

THE TYPE: Balm Powder

THE PRODUCT: Yves Saint Laurent Les Sahariennes –- Healthy Glow Balm-Powder

YSL has created a luxurious bronzer that’s creamier than your standard powder. The case itself looks like a jewelry box, which is fitting since it will make you gleam like a treasure trove. The accompanying dual applicator is part brush, part blender, which helps you expertly apply and receive its blurring benefits. Best yet, the balm itself is sumptuously scented.

THE TYPE: Water

THE PRODUCT: SEPHORA COLLECTION Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water

We’ve heard time and time again that getting plenty of fluids will make our skin glow, but this product is flipping the script for the same results. There’s no drinking needed (and please, please, don’t even attempt to do that!). Just apply it from the neck up. You can build your tan at a gradual pace, creating a glow that lasts longer than the others on this list. Plus, there’s an additional bonus: The formula won’t clog your pores. It actually goes on as clear as H2O, and will give you that dreamy, natural-looking tan we’re all trying to perfect this summer.

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