8 fake tans that will give your face an instant glow up
Get that flawless faux glow
Content Producer / October 11 2023
There’s nothing worse than applying a flawless tan to your entire body, only to be left with a mismatched face that you just know will break out if it gets even a whiff of the tan you’ve used on your body.
That’s why it’s super important to make sure you’re using a fake tan designed specially for the face. The skin on our face is usually much more sensitive than the skin on our bodies, especially for those of us who already have more temperamental skin than the average Joe (trust us, we feel you).
And yes, finding the right tan for your face can be tricky, but most face tans are formulated with delicate skin front of mind.
So without further ado, here are some of our favourite self-tanning face products that not only give you a stunning glow, but will also nourish your complexion at the same time.
Eco Tan Face Tan Water
If you have super sensitive skin, stop scrolling right now because we've found your holy grail. Tanning waters don't contain any kind of guide colour, so they’re suitable for all skin tones. Added bonus: they won’t stain your sheets or clothes, or warrant any confused looks if you have to duck outside post-application. That alone makes this a winner in our books.
$39.95 at Myer
Tuscan Tan Tanning Drops
When tanning drops first (well, dropped) a few years ago, they changed the self-tanning game. These clear, unscented beauties can be added to any moisturising base (like your favourite face cream or serum) to create a customisable face tan. Designed not to clog pores, the buildable formula is one of the most effective non-comedogenic self tanners for the face.
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
Bondi Sands One Hour Express Self Tanning Face Mist
This face mist is a crowd pleaser for good reason. It leaves your skin with a sunkissed Aussie glow in just one hour (perfect for the gal-on-the-go). With a dual-action formula to provide a deep, long lasting tan, this lightweight self-tanning mist will leave your complexion hydrated and glowing in every imaginable way.
$19.99 at Myer
Loving Tan Deluxe Face Tan
Good news for fans of Loving Tan's original body tan! Deluxe Face Tan is inspired by the cult-classic original formula. This nourishing product is infused with natural botanicals to protect your colour and your skin while providing an absolutely radiant finish. It also contains antioxidants like pomegranate and acai berry to neutralise free-radical damage, as well as coffee seed extract to enhance the skin for a healthy and revitalised look.
$23.95 at Adore Beauty
Clarins Radiance-Plus Glow Booster For Face
There are so many reasons to love this radiance booster. Mainly because it’s designed as a convenient, concentrated formula to blend with your regular skin care. Combine a customisable self-tanner with the moisturising benefits of your fave products and flaunt a healthy glow whenever, wherever you want.
$40 at Myer
Tan-Luxe The Face Medium-Dark
Another vote for self-tanning drops. Again, this multi-award-winning concentrate transforms your favourite products into a custom self-tanner. The Face works with the highest quality, naturally derived tanning actives grown in the South of France to give a natural-looking glow that complements your own skin tone. Sadly, it doesn’t transport you to France (although it’ll certainly look like you’ve spent a summer there...)
$61 at The Iconic
Three Warriors Face Tan Aqua Mist
Loaded with Tasmania’s purest water, electrolytes and minerals, this pick-me-up toner gives you the most flawless, natural glow. Simply spritz over clean dry skin, focusing on the face and décolletage. It dries faster than you can hit ‘add to cart,’ and there’s no need to wash it off. Three hours later, you’ll be your best glowing self.
$32.95 at The Iconic
Ella Baché Great Tan Without Sun
Okay, so technically, this one is designed for the face and body, but it’s infused with so many nourishing and hydrating ingredients that are just perfect for the complexion. This high-end tanning cream drenches the skin with moisture, while simultaneously imparting a gorgeous tan in just two hours. 10/10 from us.
$41 at Ella Baché
Luna Bronze Good Night Face Bronzing Serum
A dual-action serum that not only turns your visage to a beautifully sunkissed glow but also brightens and hydrates your skin, this Aussie-made cruelty-free, vegan serum is ultra-easy to apply. Just pop a few drops into your evening moisturiser, slather on and enjoy your eight hours of beauty sleep. You’ll not only wake up totally refreshed but also perfectly bronzed.
$47.95 at Luna Bronze
Tiarne is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. Between crafting narratives about all things beauty, you might catch her indulging in an endless stream of TikTok videos and obsessing over her dog. Her words have also appeared across other mastheads such as Better Homes & Gardens, New Idea, Now To Love, Bounty Parents and more.