Spring has sprung and we are no longer making excuses for pasty limbs—the time has come to don shorts and miniskirts (perhaps even bikinis), so we’re ready to get down with the best sunless tanners around. With bronzing formulas evolving at lightning speed, those of us whose complexions need a boost are in luck—from a mineral powder to an advanced rinse-off formula, these are the latest and greatest in the world of fake-baking.
Get Your Best Faux-Glow
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Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra
If you're not a fan of the feeling of wearing self-tanner, Xen-Tan's Transformation Ultra has your name written all over it. Apply the formula and rinse off after 45 minutes for a light-to-medium tan, or keep on for an ideal window of two hours for a deeper hue—color continues to develop even after its been washed off. Especially for those who like to self-tan before bed, this is a great solution to avoid staining your sheets.
Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals
Vita Liberata's newest creation is an all-in-one formula we can't get enough of. Apply the powder with a kabuki brush as your everyday bronzer, and the color continues to develop during wear so you're left with a nice faux glow once you take off your makeup. The new "Trystal3" technology allows DHA (the tanning agent) to activate when placed on skin that has been prepped with a layer of moisturizer or foundation.
Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil
Continuing our obsession with beauty oils, the process of applying Josie Maran's new Liquid Gold sunless tanner feels luxurious in itself. The formula uses 100% Argan oil and feels more lightweight than a traditional cream. Apply with the accompanying mitt for optimal results.