12 Of The Best Fake Tans For The Perfect (And Safest) Faux Glow

This one is for all the glow-getters.

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From luxurious mousses to lightweight lotions and everything in between, these are the best fake tans and self tanners you should be spending your money on - whether you're after a gorgeous glow or a subtle sun-kissed sheen.

Check out our edit of the best fake tans for the perfect faux glow.

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St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel - £33

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This super lightweight and seriously hydrating (hello hyaluronic acid) water gel develops in just three hours so you can get your glow on without waiting for days.

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James Read Gradual Tan Sleep Mask Tan Body - £35

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Nab a natural-looking tan whilst you sleep with this genius overnight mask. Simply apply the aloe vera and red algae-infused serum, pop your eye mask on and get some beauty sleep.

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Tan-Luxe Wonder Oil - £45

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A potent blend of plant, essential and omega oils; argan, apricot, raspberry, marula, kukui & jojoba, help to hydrate, protect and soothe the skin. These are combined with Tan Luxe's unique slimming and stimulating complex, Supersculpt + Eco-cert organic tanning actives that improve skin’s elasticity and texture. Not to mention, the seriously handy rollerball that leaves your hands tan-free.

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Bali Body Bronzing Lotion - £22.95

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Instagram's hottest new tan brand on the block, Bali Body's Bronzing Lotion gives an instant hit of tan whilst vitamin E helps smooth out any bumpy bits.

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Isle Of Paradise Self-Tanning Water - £18.95

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100% organic, vegan and cruelty free, Isle Of Paradise are the guilt-free tanning brand that are all about body positivity, not beach bods. Choose between the light, medium and dark refreshing self-tan waters that come in peach, mint green and lilac shades respectively, to colour correct as you fake tan. Genius.

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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam - £14.99

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With Bondi Sands' tanning foam, bronzed supermodel limbs are within reach. The product harnesses the nourishing benefits of aloe vera and vitamin E, while the coconut scent instantly evokes palm trees, blue skies and lulling waves.

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Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning - £21

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Tan addicts all over the globe rate Clarins' lightweight liquid for the way it livens up lack-lustre skin without the dreaded orange tinge. Smooth over your neck and chest for a subtle, sun-kissed look that has an amazing slimming effect.

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Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum For Face and Body - £29.95

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Tanning aficionado and Fake Bake Global Creative Consultant James Harknett champions the Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for its lightweight consistency. 'I think it's amazing that this can also be used like a skincare product. I have really dry skin but I can now tan knowing it is nourished and hydrated at the same time. My A-list clients are also devoted and use it as a top up on their travels. It leaves their skin smooth and fades naturally.'

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Garnier Ambre Solaire Self Tan Bronzer Body Mist - £11.69

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There's a reason why this has achieved cult status over the years! The cooling mist builds a gradual tan with every spritz and dries within seconds so you can pull on clothes without fear of it transferring. Airbrushed pins, yes please.

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Lancôme Flash Bronzer Instant Natural Tan - £27

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Thanks to the tint, you can see exactly where you are putting this tan but the best part is that it is compatible with bed sheets and clothes – and that's all down to the drying speed. It is the perfect skin-enhancer for those with medium to darker tones.

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he-shi Express Liquid Tan - £21

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This science-driven tanner gets limbs holiday-ready in a matter of minutes, but it is the clever moisture lock technology that sways it for LouisvuittonShop. Hydrating properties ensure your skin stays smoother for longer, meaning the colour fades really evenly - no unsightly streaks or blotches here!

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Sienna X Deep Self Tan Tinted Lotion - £23.95

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'The Sienna X Deep Self Tan Tinted Lotion is my go-to bronzing beauty because it gives an 'Oh have you been away' kind of glow but there's nothing fake about it,' says expert tanner and Sienna X brand ambassador, Carly Hobbs.

'It doesn't even smell like a faux tan, more like holidays, as it's infused with green tea and lemon extract. It gives a naturally sun-kissed finished that looks good for a week before fading away like a sun tan. It's also so simple to use, apply using the Sienna X Luxury Tanning Mitt in long sweeping motions from head to toe for a fool-proof, even finish. Pretty and super safe.'

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