Get glowing –12 best self-tanners for the season


Tarte Brazilliance

(Photo courtesy of Tarte) rounds up our tried-and-true self tanners for streak-free color.

Tarte Brazilliance

A hydrating, paraben-free gel self-tanner that’s packed with maracuja oil and goes on easily with the tanning mitt for a streak-free application. Perfect for dry skin. 

Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanner, $37;

Clarins Instant Gel

(Photo courtesy of Clarins)

Clarins Instant Gel

This gel formula soaks into your skin immediately, so there’s no downtime. It gives your face and body an instant healthy glow.

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, $35;

(See also: Beauty love of the week: The sculptor makeup sponge by Sephora Collection)

Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads

(Photo courtesy of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare)

Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads

These innovative tanning wipes are packed with vitamin D to firm and smoothen the skin and reduce the need to shave by minimizing hair growth. These pads are easy to throw in your bag for vacations, or carry in your handbag for quick touch-ups.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad, $32;

Clinique Tinted Lotion

(Photo courtesy of Clinique)

Clinique Tinted Lotion

This tinted formula gives an instant glow that deepens throughout the day. This lotion is oil-free and non-acnegenic; perfect for those who experience body breakouts.

Clinique Self Sun Face Tinted Lotion, $22;

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Self-Tan

(Photo courtesy of Estée Lauder)

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Specifically formulated for sensitive skin, this self tanner gives a natural bronze to the face. Color develops in just under an hour and deepens with repeated use.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Self-Tan, $25;

Origins Great Pretender

(Photo courtesy of Origins)

Origins Great Pretender

This tinted formula guarantees a foolproof application due to the use of sugar-derived DHA, which works with your skin's own protein to deliver a natural tan. Origins

The Great Pretender Shimmery Self-Tanner, $21.50;

Supergoop Mousse

(Photo courtesy of Supergoop!)

Supergoop Mousse

This self-tanner, sunscreen hybrid provides gradual color throughout the day to eliminate any uneven bronzing.

Supergoop Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse, $38;

Shiseido Gel

(Photo courtesy of Shiseido)

Shiseido Gel

This pearlescent gel tanner works for face and body to deliver a sheer, natural tan.

Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel, $30;

Xen-Tan Gel

(Photo courtesy of Xen-Tan)

Xen-Tan Gel

Packed with iridescent shimmer, this silky gel gives skin luminosity and color--and is ideal for those with fair complexions.

Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel, $35;

Vani-T Mist

Photo courtesy of Vani-T

Vani-T Mist

A paraben-free self tanner that deepens the skin's tone in one hour.

Vani-T Velocity Rapid 1 Hour Self Tan Mist, $36.95;

Lancome Gel

(Photo courtesy of Lancôme)

Lancome Gel

The perfect tanner for commitment-phobes who aren't ready to bronze their whole body, this gel bronzer is great for giving your stems a natural glow.

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Body Gel, $37;

St. Tropez Mousse

Photo courtesy of St. Tropez

St. Tropez Mousse

This foam formula goes on easily with the applicator mitt and results in an even, warm tan.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $32;

More from ELLE:

The Biggest Skin Secrets From Top Models

The Best Short Haircut For Your Face Shape

8 Products for Stronger, Shiner Hair

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Man murdered wife's family and then killed her as she attended funeral service in 'evil plot'

      A man has been found guilty of executing an "evil plot" in which he killed his sister-in-law and father-in-law to lure his wife to their funerals, where he then murdered her. Samuel Velasco Gurrola, 41, conspired to kill his wife Ruth Sagredo and her family with the help of his two siblings in the US town of El Paso in Texas. As Ruth Sagredo joined her sister's funeral procession, Gurrola murdered her.

      International Business Times ONC UK q
    • Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks Exposes a Surprising Truth About Trump Supporters

      The final debate sketch wasn’t the only time Tom Hanks and Saturday Night Live decided to roast Donald Trump. S.N.L. hasn’t exactly been gentle on Trump supporters this election season. Or did you miss that fake ad last year where the show unflinchingly compared them to Nazis? So, knowing some biting political commentary is coming, it’s surprising to see Tom Hanks—who, earlier in the night, leaned into his gentle, “America’s Dad” persona—put on that red “Make America Great Again” cap for a “Black Jeopardy!” sketch. But, either way, it was good to see Hanks behind the old Jeopardy! podium where he made such a splash playing a dumbed down version of himself opposite Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek back

      HWD q
    • US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world

      MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.

      Associated Press
    • Bella Thorne looks like a live-action Jessica Rabbit in this incredible red dress

      Bella Thorne is a red-hot fashionista and we are totally obsessed with her latest look. The 19-year-old actress has a history of…

      Hello Giggles
    • Michael Crabtree touched his shoulder and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct

      Michael Crabtree is one unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from an automatic ejection after getting penalized for doing nothing wrong. Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree wasn’t able to avoid the penalty Sunday, even though he didn’t even do one. Crabtree celebrated a 2-yard touchdown pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars just before halftime by tossing the ball.

      SB Nation q
    • Police baffled by couple found dead next to untouched bags of Taco Bell — and not much else

      Cameron and Courtney Hulet were lying on their living room floor when a neighbor saw them. The neighbor didn’t think much of it. She heard moans and figured they were asleep. She closed the front door, which the couple had a habit of leaving open, David Uhl, manager of the southeast Michigan village of Dundee, told The Washington Post. It was Tuesday morning. The neighbor didn’t see the Hulets all day, she told authorities. She went back to check on them later that night. They were still lying next to each other. Taco Bell bags and drinks sat next to them on a table, untouched. The woman had a male friend check on them, Uhl said. Police were called to the apartment shortly before midnight on

      Washington Post q
    • 745-Pound Woman Needs Gallbladder Surgery, Doctors Refuse

      Desperately in need of gall-bladder surgery, Katrina Randall, was rushed to the hospital on Friday. Her family hopes her latest trip leads to a life-saving procedure but there`s a catch - her family says doctors won`t operate because of her size. She weighs 740 pounds.

    • Karl Rove: Donald Trump Can't Win

      Karl Rove is throwing in the towel. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican strategist said that Donald Trump’s poll numbers are simply too dismal to end in victory on election night. “I don’t see it happening,” Rove told Fox. “If he plays an inside straight, he could get it, but I doubt he’s going to be able to play it.” Rove explained Trump’s electoral vote deficit, swing state by swing state. Mitt Romney only won 206 electoral votes in 2012, and according to Rove’s judgment, Trump can only feel comfortable about 168, with just over two weeks to go before the Nov. 8 election.  Trump, Rove said, is barely eking out a polling lead in Ohio and Iowa, which Obama won in 2012. But he

      The Huffington Post q
    • ‘Walking Dead’ Negan Victim Reveal Leaves Fans Devastated

      (Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading if you did not see the Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead”)

      The Wrap
    • Kirk Cousins' Hilarious Handoff Gaffe Has Given Us The Nutfumble

      Kirk Cousins remains one of the most fascinatingly inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL. Cousins went back to hand off to Matt Jones when he got his foot stepped on by an offensive lineman. Not really his fault! But Cousins’ desperation handoff to Jones was a bit of brilliant physical comedy that isn’t easy to forget.

    • Ariel Winter finally explains why she wore that swimsuit on the red carpet

      Modern Family star Ariel Winter has a great track record as a body-positive role model. She is so outspoken about her journey to feeling happy in her own skin and knows how to handle bullies without dimming her shine. That’s why we love this explanation of why she wore a swimsuit, shorts, and heels on the red carpet over the summer. Ariel debuted this look at the Just Jared 4th Annual Summer Bash hosted by Uno in Los Angeles in July. Some fans loved the look and some people hated it, but it definitely got people talking. It’s true, this is a real outfit she rocked on the red carpet! In a recent interview with People about her most controversial outfits, Ariel talked about the look. She said:

      HelloGiggles q
    • MarketWatch q
    • Emily Ratajkowski Cheers on the L.A. Dodgers in a Midriff-Baring Crop Top, Smooches Her Boyfriend in the Stands

      Who says you have to rock a billowing jersey to show your sportsmanship? Not Emily Ratajkowski, who showcased her toned physique as she cheered on the Los Angeles Dodgers at a baseball game in L.A. on Thursday. The model and actress took a minimalist approach to dressing for the sidelines and rocked a black pair of high-waist jeans with a long-sleeve white crop top that showcased her abs. She proudly put forth her support of the hometown team with a black cap that simply read "LA"

    • The Best All-Inclusive Packages at Adults-Only Resorts (7 photos)

      Hear that? Its not the sound of a baby on an airplane , or an argument between two kids. Its the roar of waves crashing on rocks, tree frogs chirping from the canopy, and of complete, grown-up silence. You dont have to be a parent to value the absence of potentially noisychildren. Everyone can appreciate the absolute tranquility of a kids-free hotel. Thats not to say adults cant get rowdybut adults-only properties tend to foster a relaxed, laid-back vibe. Guests are typically seeking a low-key (and yes, quiet) reprieve from life; especially if that life has three kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Resorts such as these know theres only one thing more calming than an escape from the myriadday-to-day tasks ofparenthood (or a romantic getaway that isnt stifled by shrieking infants or toddlers peeing in the pool ): an all-inclusive package. Forget about nitpicking every cocktail or excursionall-inclusive packages make a resort stay a totally worry-free experience. You already know what the bill will look like when you get return home. Even your tips are included. If all this sounds like just what you need, read on for a few of our favorite all-inclusive packages at the top adults-only resorts.

    • These twin brothers dancing in a supermarket are going viral and it’s cause they’re amazing

      Dancing in public is pretty much a regular activity for us. But when we discovered these twin brothers with amazing moves busting a…

      Hello Giggles
    • How one drug cartel banked its cash in New York City

      NEW YORK (AP) — In the photos, Alejandra Salgado and her little brother Francisco look like ordinary tourists strolling the streets of midtown Manhattan. He carries a shopping bag. She wears a white dress, a necklace and a leather tote slung over one shoulder.

      Associated Press
    • Trump Surrogates Continue Their Apologist Tour to Election Day

      It’s a thankless job being a Donald Trump surrogate these days. The job fell to campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus this weekend, and both twisted themselves in verbal knots casting the Trump campaign as something other than a foundering ship that’s headed to the bottom. After promising to deliver a “closing argument” in a speech on Saturday in Gettysburg, PA, Trump instead dedicated part of his remarks to promising to sue each of the dozen or so women who have accused him of sexual assault.

      The Fiscal Times
    • 'The Walking Dead' Fans Are Super Emotional After Finally Learning Who Negan Killed

      [Spoilers for The Walking Dead season seven premiere, obviously]

    • 6 Big-Name NBA Players Who Could Be on the Move This Season

      Just because a player begins the 2016–17 NBA season on one team doesn't mean he's guaranteed to stay there. These 6 NBA players may suffer this fate.

      The Cheat Sheet q
    • Moscow confirms ministry website attack after US hacker claim

      Russia's foreign ministry on Sunday said an old version of its website had been attacked after a US hacker claimed he broke in and posted a mocking message. "If they establish there was hacking by Americans, even of a resource that wasn't working, this is far from pleasant," Zakharova wrote. Alternatively, the latest hack simply shows that the "US elections have wound up people to such a state that they start smashing everything," Zakharova wrote.