Self-tanners have come a long way, baby
Self-tanners were once unforgiving: Get the product on just right and your friends would envy your assumed beach time. Miss a step and you’d get stained palms, Oompa Loompa skin and unsightly streaks. But today, we don’t have to lather in fear: Starting this spring break, get gorgeous sun-kissed skin without the sun no matter your schedule.
YOU’VE GOT MORE THAN AN HOUR Get a serious tan in two hours with 1. LOVING TAN’S 2 HOUR EXPRESS TANNING MOUSSE. The formula starts to work within a few minutes, but keeps darkening until you wash it off two hours later. Pro tip: Use an applicator mitt. Get it: $40 at Loving Tan.
YOU JUST WANT A GLOW-Y FACE For a darker complexion, let 2. CLINIQUE’S SELF SUN TINTED OIL-FREE, NON-ACNEGENIC FACE LOTION be your regular face moisturizer. Your “golden tan” will develop in about three hours and last three days. Get it: $23 at area Macy’s locations Got fair skin? Build color while you sleep with 3. VITA LIBERATA’S SELF-TANNING NIGHT MOISTURE MASK. This anti-aging treatment has a “touch of tan” to give you a subtle glow come morning. Get it: $45 at Vita Liberata.
YOU WANT A GRADUAL GLOW Take tanning slow with 4. CLARINS’ RADIANCEPLUS GOLDEN GLOW BOOSTER. Just add a few drops of this 99.8 percent natural formula to your day or night moisturizer to build color. Get it: $32 at area Macy’s locations.
YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME Need to tan, like, now? 5. LAURA GELLER’S BAKED BODY FROSTING goes on in seconds and creates a warm bronze—or “pearly luminosity,” depending on your chosen shade. Apply the moisturizing, smooth powder wet or dry with the included puff, then add layers for a deeper shimmer. Comes in Angel, Honey, Sugar, Tahitian and Hawaiian Glow. Get it: $45 at Laura Geller.
YOU’RE ON THE ROAD Pack 6. KATE SOMERVILLE’S SOMERVILLE 360 TANNING TOWELETTES. Saturated with tanning formula, these one-and-done wipes (which work on both the face and body) promise a streakfree, natural glow within two to four hours. Get it: $48 for eight at katesomerville.com
YOU NEED TO DO SOME, UH, COVERUP Victoria’s Secret models swear by it, and that’s good enough for us: 7. VITA LIBERATA’S BODY BLUR INSTANT HD SKIN FINISH minimizes blemishes, covers imperfections, smooths skin and adds radiance to your face and body, all while reflecting light for a “photo-ready skin finish.” Get it: $45 at Vita Liberata.
WHAT TO HAVE ON HAND BEFORE YOU TAN
1. A sugar-scrub exfoliator to get rid of dead skin
2. A tan-remover in case of mistakes. Or go DIY with lemon juice, baby oil or baking soda.
3. A deep moisturizer to soften skin
4. An applicator mitt.