Your guide to picking the right fake tan

Go faux this season with these buys

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 25 2017

Fact: it is possible to achieve a holiday glow without spending hours baking under the hot, Australian sun. Not only is it incredibly dangerous (melanoma is the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44), but it’s also time consuming… who has a spare couple of hours to lay out in the sun that anymore!? Instead, reach for a fake tan that’ll add a healthy-looking glow to your body; here are the ones you should keep on your top shelf…

If you’re strapped for time

You’ll get the most dramatic results with a mousse formula, as they’re packed with pigment for a rich, deep tan. Jbronze 1 Hour Rapid Tan Mousse is a green-based foam that’s really similar to the classic version, except it works impressively fast. For the most even-looking results, apply it in circular motions with a mitt (clean, moisturiser-free skin works best), then wash it off after an hour for an enviable golden glow.

Jbronze 1 Hour Rapid Tan Mousse

If you’ve got dry skin

Cream or gel formulas are much more moisturising than their mousse or spritz counterparts, as they’re made with hydrating ingredients. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Gel is loaded with vitamin E to nourish skin, plus the non-greasy formula also completely dries in a matter of seconds, so you can get dressed afterwards without feeling sticky.

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Gel

If you’re going for a dip

A water-resistant formula is the key to a believable glow that stays put, even when you’re gallivanting from beach party to poolside drinks. Pop on Rimmel London SunShimmer Instant Tan Matte Water Resistant all over for a coat of chocolatey colour that dries matte, lasts up to 24 hours and can be removed with soap and water.

Rimmel London SunShimmer Instant Tan

If you’re a first timer

Dry oils spread easily on the skin, so it’s less likely you’ll end up with less-than-desirable streaks. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is lightly tinted so you’ll notice results instantly and even after you wash it off, as the formula develops over two to three hours. Plus, the dry oil formula is made with argan and coconut oil, which means it’s quickly absorbed into the skin’s layers and you don’t have to wash it off afterwards.

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold

If you’re in a rush

There’s no prep work required for instant formulas; simply spread it all over your body for an immediate result. With St. Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion you’ll notice a sun-kissed effect straight away and days after, all thanks to its BB cream-like formula that’s packed with moisturising properties and DHA for long-lasting colour.

St. Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion

If you’re an expert

Tanning sprays should only be reserved for those with a steady hand, as they’re highly effective and dry almost immediately. When done well, they look just like a professional spray tan. Look no further than Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs; while technically not a fake tan (it’s more like makeup for your body), this coloured mist can cover imperfections, limbs and the abdomen in just a few strokes.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

TOP TIP: Hold the can about 15 centimeters from your body, and apply in light, circular motions for even results.

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.