Glow get ‘em: The very best sunless tanners for your skin tone

Sunless tanners, at their best, are downright awesome. What better way to achieve that gorgeous faux glow all year long than with a decadent bronzing liquid?

But despite advances in tanning technologies, it seems that a fair few of us are still getting it wrong when it comes to matching the right product to our skin tone. The results can be too brown, too orange, too dark, or just plain messy.

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To help you avoid any further mis-matched blunders, click through this gallery which will guide you to the very best fake bakes suited to your look. Figure out whether you’re fair skinned, medium or dark and click on!

 FAIR. If you have a pale complexion, work on enhancing your skin tone with a hint of colour. Avoid dark hues, and instead opt for a radiant, natural finish.

St Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion Light to Medium

St Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion Light to Medium

FAIR. If you’re a commitment-phobe, opt for a gradual tanner that will add a subtle bronze sheen to your skin over time. A gradual tanner is especially great for those with red or blue undertones.

Eco Tan Winter Skin- GRADUAL FAKE TANNING LOTION

Eco Tan Winter Skin- GRADUAL FAKE TANNING LOTION

FAIR. Avoid products with orangey hues and instead reach for formulas that add a sun-kissed feel to your complexion without the burnt undertones. Applying a yellow-based product will cancel out redness and even skin tone.

L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Fresh Feel Gel

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Fresh Feel Gel

MEDIUM. For more olive-yellow skin tones, try a neutral shade of sunless tanner to keep your skin looking natural and luminous.

ModelCo Tan Airbrush in a Can

ModelCo Tan Airbrush in a Can

MEDIUM. If you only want to go a shade or two lighter, try a skin-tone enhancer that works with individual body chemistry to create just the right shade for you. You might also want to have shimmer or gold flecks in your bronzer to bring out the warmth of your skin.

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer.

Xen Tan Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer.

MEDIUM. Look for hydrating self-tanners to preserve the glow that your skin already has.

Jane Iredale Tantasia

Jane Iredale Tantasia

DARK. Darker skin tones may not need an ultra-bronzed finish, but a self-tanner will enhance your skin’s natural tones through brightening and evening everything out.

Le Tan in Le Can Fast Tan Deep Bronze Glow.

Le Tan in Le Can Fast Tan Deep Bronze Glow.

 DARK. Deeper self-tanners with a reddish tone work well to liven up the skin tone, just ensure it’s a natural looking dark hue with streak-free results.

Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Foam

Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Foam

DARK. Try a formula that will turn you into a bronze goddess, minus the shimmer which can make the skin tone appear unnatural. One that offers an intense, dark airbrushed finish is ideal.

 

Summer Tan Dark Tanning Lotion

Summer Tan Dark Tanning Lotion