Best fake tan 2018: go bronze before hitting the beach

If you’re not quite happy with the result of your sunbathing session on the beach, you can always top it up with these best fake tans

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Whether you’re all about the Miami Pro level of tangoed orange or prefer a coverage that’ll give you that golden glow reminiscent of ten days in St.Tropez, we’ve put together a list of the best fake tans to help you achieve the perfect level of bronze. 

There’s no denying that getting your level of fake tan right is almost an impossible feat but buying one that is of high quality is definitely one step to streak-free. 

We’ve popped the St.Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse at the top of our list because it enables you to choose just how bronze you want to go and with heaps of five star reviews, it’s certainly a success all round. 

If you’re scared that you’re going to wake up the next morning looking like David Dickinson, go for a fake tan lotion that gradually adds colour the more you apply. La Mer The Face And Body Gradual Tan is the best of the best if you prefer the gradual approach to a golden glow.

The best fake tan

1. St.Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse

A 100% natural tanning agent that allows you to bronze to the perfect level

Reasons to buy
+Mousse is easy to apply with the applicator mitt

A pocket-friendly tanning mousse that when applied effectively, should provide you with a streak-free golden glow, there’s a number of reasons why this high street product has made its way to the top of the list. 

Whether you keep it on for 1,2 or 3 hours will affect the depth of the colour, so you shouldn’t accidentally turn bright orange… unless you fall asleep with it on, then it’s your own fault. 

Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra Weekly Self-Tan

2. Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra Weekly Self-Tan

Who knew the power of broccoli (and other natural ingredients)?

Reasons to buy
+Rinse off after just 45 minutes for a light to medium tan

Packed full of ingredients that make this lotion more than just your average fake tan, there’s a reason why this one is going to cost you that bit more. If you’re after a subtle glow, rinse after just 45 minutes but you can let it develop for a full ten hours if you’re looking for that deep, sun kissed glow. 

Best of all is the composition of this fake tan doesn’t leave incriminating orange marks on your bed sheet, while ingredients such as broccoli seed and Moroccan Oil help to keep your skin in the best condition. 

La Mer The Face And Body Gradual Tan

3. La Mer The Face And Body Gradual Tan

Build your perfect tan over time with this gradual tanning lotion

Reasons to buy
+For a natural-looking tan

There is a perchance for fake tan to look well… fake, so if you want your skin to boast more of a natural glow, then this rather expensive option from La Mer should do the trick nicely. 

You can apply this lotion as an everyday cream, which should result in a gradual, streak-free cover that you can top up as and when you need to. 

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

4. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

A fast acting mousse that lasts

Reasons to buy
+Available in three different colours

With three different skin types to choose from including fair, medium and dark, you can ensure that this fake tan mousse blends to the right tone. Some reviewers prefer the resulting colour of this mousse over the St.Tropez, with development taking 4-8 hours for lasting results. 

The application is easy, too; just use the mitt and apply in a circular motion for a streak-free finish. 

James Read Coconut Dry Oil Tan

5. James Read Coconut Dry Oil Tan

An easy to apply spray fake tan that dries in an instant

Reasons to buy
+Non-greasy and packed full of good ingredients

As an alternative to mousse and lotion, this dry oil tan is easy to apply and quick drying so you can get on with your day quickly once you’ve applied it. 

Although it dries quickly, it should still leave the skin feeling moisturised and enriched, with the protective probiotics helping to protect the skin from pollutants and the elements. You’ll need to wait 6-8 hours to wash the tan off but once rinsed, should last 5-7 days. 

Clinique For Men Face Bronzer

6. Clinique For Men Face Bronzer

If you wear a hat during the day, you can use this fake tan to give your face a boost of colour

Reasons to buy
+A temporary solution for uneven body coverage

When you’re out and about during the day and you’re wearing a hat, it’s easy for your arms and legs to catch the sun but your face may miss it. If you’re worried about your face looking out of sorts, this bronzer for men will provide your face with a healthy glow. 

All you need to do is pop a coin sized amount on your hand and rub it in and it can be easily removed with soap and water so there’s no risk of overdoing it. 

Skinny Tan 7 Day Tanner

7. Skinny Tan 7 Day Tanner

A great value fake tan for those on a budget

Reasons to buy
+Vegan friendly

This fake tan is all about staying natural, both in colour and ingredients. With its tropical scent and Aloe Vera enrichment, it should be a pleasure to apply, with the resulting colour giving you a subtle sun kissed glow. 

With the brand saying that Skinny Tan is a streak-free, nasty smell-free and cruelty-free product, this one is all about doing good.