Top 8 Self-Tanners for Summer

No longer do those of us who are ghostly pale have to be relegated to orange concoctions in a bottle. When applied correctly, these 'fake bake' products are the best cheat sheet for the safest, sexiest tan – just don’t forget to exfoliate before applying liquid tanners to avoid a flaky disaster.

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  1. Clarins Self Tanning Milk SPF 6, $32.50 Not only does this milk smell delicious (all the more impressive given the usual noxious smell that comes with most tanning products), but when applied as instructed with cotton pads it’s pretty much fool-proof.
  2. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $30 One of the best new self-tanning lines to hit shelves, this mousse dries quickly, is ultra light-weight, and surprisingly long-lasting.
  3. Givenchy Le Prismissime Sun Visage Mat & Glow Soft, $53 This compact is the perfect way to deal with your ever-changing Spring/Summer skintone – just blend the nine shades to suit as needed.
  4. LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF 15, $30 Who knew matte bronzer could give your skin a glow? This one does, plus it comes with SPF protection.
  5. ModelCo Airbrush in a Can 220G, $42 A celebrity favorite, Modelco can always be counted on for fine mist, no-streak application.
  6. Guerlain Terracotta Sun-Kissed Tinted Moisturizer SPF 10, $46 Perfect for those looking to cover up textural imperfections in their skin while imparting some color.
  7. NARS Body Glow, $59 Just a dab of this cocunot oil will have you dreaming of the beach. The shimmer and color are light and easy to apply, making them a great finishing touch for achieving that confident bikini bod.
  8. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Exotic Bronzing Blush Suitable for most skin tones, this blush is a wonderful finishing touch for your newly bronzed face.