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.
Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse, $10, walmart.ca.
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, $38, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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 scent.
Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water, $49, vitaliberatacanada.com.
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.
Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush, $48, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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, $51, sephora.com.
Paired with an application mitt, this skincare-infused self-tanner contains maracuja oil, squalane and sunflower seed oil to amp up hydration while leaving your limbs with a streak-free just-back-from-vacay glow.
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $48, sephora.com.
This sunshine-in-a-bottle gives 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.
Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Heavenly Bronzing Mist, $64, guerlain.com.
Spritz on one or two applications of this golden mist for either a subtle glow or a deeper, richer tan. The formula is packed with aloe vera and glycerine for an added boost of moisture.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes, $18, londondrugs.com.
Imparting a medium 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, $63, sephora.com.
Organic oils like rosehip and sea buckthorn give this gradual self-tanner a hydrating punch, while its easy-to-apply formula and natural finish make it a must for tanning newbies.
Bondi Sands Aero 1 Hour Express Aerated Self-Tanning Foam, $40, shopperdrugmart.ca.
This new-to-Canada Australian brand makes foolproof mousses in a range of shades. The formula develops in just an hour, making it perfect for last-minute touch-ups.
Kate Somerville Somerville 360 Tanning Towelettes, $63, sephora.com.
A golden glow appears on the skin two to four hours after swiping on one of these self-tanning towelettes. Tea tree extract and cucumber soothe and refresh the skin.
James Read Gradual Tan Coconut Water Tan Mist Body, $45, tsc.ca.
This tanning mist checks all the boxes: it dries in minutes and gives a buildable, beachy radiance. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to keep skin ultra-soft.
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops, $38 each, sephora.com.
These innovative drops make tanning while you travel 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 on the go.
Sisley-Paris Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care, $180, holtrenfrew.com.
This luxe self-tan immediately imparts a radian glow and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich alpine rose extract.
Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, $65, charlottetilbury.com.
This innovative mask provides your skin with a subtle glow overnight. Oat kernel extract helps soothe, hydrate and reduce redness, while the natural tanning pigments impart a streak-free natural finish.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Gradual Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face, $50, sephora.com.
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 Anti-Aging Serum, $75, sephora.com.
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 hue or mix a few drops into your day cream for a more natural finish.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Water Gel, $54, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
This formula transforms from gel to water upon application and develops into a subtle tan in just 3 hours, plus the formula requires no rinsing—just apply and go.
Avène Moisturizing Self-Tanner, $25, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Formulated to impart a gradual, natural-looking tan, this easy-to-use lotion is ideal for sensitive skin, has a gel-like texture that smooths on easily and absorbs quickly with no sticky residue.
Vichy Idéal Soleil Self-Tanner, $27, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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 helps hydrate skin for up to 12 hours.