Your Most Convincing Fake Tan, Ever


(Source: Handout/Getty Images Europe)While jumping onto a jet plane towards some far-flung tropical locale tops the wishlist for just about anyone stuck in cold weather, sometimes getting to sandy beaches can prove to be a tad difficult. And it shows: Pasty skin is a known side effect of layering (and a sore reminder of just how far away that vacation is).

Don’t fret, sun-worshipper. There are a bevy of self-tanners out there that have perfected the formula to be everything but sticky, stinky, or streaky. (And, it’s been a long time coming for translucent types who try to stay far, far away from the tanning bed.)

1. St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse Entirely lightweight and airy, this bubbly mousse fades into a natural shade. Uber-model Kate Moss is a spokesperson for the brand (straight from the notoriously sun-less UK) so we know she gets it. St. Tropez even sells a mitt that ensures even application and stain-free palms. Buy it. It will change your life.


2. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse Similar to the St. Tropez pump, but boasts a timeline that nothing on the market can beat. To get the best results, layer a new coat of tanner after the previous one dries. No more avoiding pools and showers in the name of preservation.



3. Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Leg Gel A little bit of shimmer makes this concoction the glam girl’s choice for bronzed gams. And though it’s marketed for legs, feel free to try a dollop anywhere else including the face. Just skip the foundation for a dewy, sun-kissed look.

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