The Best Face And Body Self-Tanners For An Easy Faux Glow

Go for the bronze—without the sun damage.

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,

How to use self tanner: a bottle of Bondi Sands self-tanner on white background.

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.


Vichy Idéal Soleil Self-Tanner

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.


Bottle of Jergens self-tanner

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.


Bottle of St. Tropez self-tanner

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.


Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Lotion

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.