No sun damage, no streaks—we found the 5 best self tanners (out of 35 tested) that gave us the most believable healthy glow. Still nervous? We’ve even got a spray that easily removes color in case you mess up.
Best Face: James Read Gradual Tan H2O Tan Drops Face
Create your ideal color by adding this water-based self tanner to your regular moisturizer. Mix the combo in your palm, smooth onto your face and neck, then wash your hands. Add two drops for a subtle, sun-kissed look or four for a more dramatic golden glow.
To buy: $35; dermstore.com.
Best Time-Saver: St. Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse
Busy women, this amazing self tanner is for you. Rub on this foam, wait one minute (!), then rinse off—no stick, no stink. Color develops over eight hours.
To buy: $20; ulta.com.
Best Body Bronzer: Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish
Event tonight? Smooth on this tinted body lotion for an instant glow that hides imperfections and won’t rub off on your clothes.
To buy: $45; sephora.com.
Best Gradual Glow: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk
Sub in this hydrating body lotion for your regular moisturizer three days a week for even color.
To buy: $12; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Best In-Shower: Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer
Once you’re done showering, turn off the water, apply, then pat dry. Subtle color builds with continued use.
To buy: $9; target.com.
Best Remover: Tan-Luxe Glyco Water
If your tan is fading unevenly, mist this glycolic spray onto skin, then shower. You’ll remove color to get a fresh start.
To buy: $47; sephora.com.