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.
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.
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.
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.
MEDIUM. For more olive-yellow skin tones, try a neutral shade of sunless tanner to keep your skin looking natural and luminous.
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.
MEDIUM. Look for hydrating self-tanners to preserve the glow that your skin already has.
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.
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.
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.