Self-tanner can be a tricky business, but thanks to innovations like crystal clear formulas and foolproof applicators, getting a professional-looking faux glow is easier than ever. Whether you’re looking for a luxe, skincare-like formula or a drugstore steal that gives you a beachy glow for a fraction of the price, we’ve rounded up the best self-tanners for your face and body.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Drops
Simply mix in a few of these fragrance-free drops into your moisturizer to easily boost your glow.
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops
These innovative drops make tanning on the go a breeze. Leave behind your tanning mousse and mitt and just add anywhere from one to 12 drops of this clear self-tanner to your face cream or body lotion for a bespoke glow.
$38 each, sephora.com
Bondi Sands Aero 1 Hour Express Aerated Self-Tanning Foam
Australian brand Bondi Sands, which launched in Canada just last year, makes foolproof mousses in a range of shades for all skin tones. The formula develops in just an hour, making it perfect for last-minute touch-ups.
Whether your skin is dry, oily or sensitive, this moisturizing milk will give you an even glow. Safe for use on the face and body, it contains vitamin E to give your tan staying power and hydrate skin for up to 12 hours.
Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse
A quick-dry formula and blendable mousse texture make this self-tanner a cinch to apply, while the formula works with your natural skin tone to create a bespoke glow.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion
This foolproof self-tanner gradually builds a sun-kissed glow and is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin for up to 72 hours. Plus, it smells like summer in a bottle thanks to a divine watermelon fragrance.
Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water
Organic botanicals provide skin with hydration while the water-like formula imparts a subtle glow. The clear liquid means it won’t transfer onto your clothes, making it the ideal formula for on-the-go application.
With its 360 degree spray bottle, this lightweight tanning mist ensures you cover every inch of your body with colour (even those hard-to reach spots) for an even, airbrushed finish.
Tarte Brazilliance Plus+ Self-Tanner and Mitt
Sold with a handy application mitt, this skincare-infused self-tanner contains maracuja oil, squalane and sunflower seed oil to amp up hydration while giving your limbs a coveted just-back-from-vacay glow.
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops
These sunshine-in-a-bottle drops give you the best of both worlds—marula and black currant seed oils hydrate and nourish the skin while bronzing pigments leave you with a healthy, sun-kissed radiance. Add one pump to your fave serum, moisturizer or sunscreen for a hint of tint.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes
Perfect for those looking for a mess-free tan, these quick-drying wipes contain gentle exfoliating ingredients and vitamin E to ensure that the colour goes on streak-free.
Kora Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion
Organic oils like rosehip and sea buckthorn give this gradual self-tanner hydrating properties, and its easy-to-apply formula and natural finish make it a must for tanning newbies.
James Read Gradual Tan Coconut Water Tan Mist Body
Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this tanning mist checks all the boxes: it dries in minutes and gives a buildable, beachy radiance.
St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Water Gel
This formula transforms from gel to water upon application and develops into a subtle tan in just 3 hours. The formula requires no rinsing—just apply and go.
Sisley-Paris Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care
This luxe self-tan immediately imparts a radiant glow and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich alpine rose extract.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Gradual Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face
Combining skincare with self-tanning properties, these face wipes contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate your skin while leaving you with a natural-looking tan, sans mess.
Coola Sunless Tan Serum
Argan oil, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid are just a few of the key ingredients in this self-tanning face serum. Apply on its own for a deeper glow or mix a few drops into your day cream for a more natural finish.
Avène Moisturizing Self-Tanner
Formulated specifically for sensitive skin types, this easy-to-use lotion has a gel-like texture that goes on easily and absorbs quickly with no sticky residue.