Our Favorite Self Tanners


A DIY tanning treatment at home can yield some unwanted side effects– like orange skin, a funky smell and streaks a plenty. That’s why we’ve rounded up six tried and true self tanners in a variety of applications to make sure you avoid any mishaps for the best faux glow yet.

Written by Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty.

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Bliss A Tan for All Seasons ($36) Avoid any awkward streaks with Bliss’ advanced, sunless tanner spray. It’s packed with aloe vera, antioxidants and a transfer-resistant bronzer. We also treasure this spray for another common insecurity (cellulite!).

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Author: Kara Manos

Kara blogs at Politics of Pretty, a go-to beauty resource. She’s been featured in People StyleWatch and Byrdie as a top beauty blog. Connect with her on Instagram.

  • I’m having the worst time with self tanners. Maybe it’s because I’m too pale to begin with, but even Jergens still leaves me with an orange tint. They also claim to have fixed the smell, but it still lingers for days! Help!


    • Alyssa– I can totally relate. I am super pale but I swear by St. Tropez. I also liked testing the L’Oreal Sublime glow too. I don’t find Jergens smell to be too overwhelming but maybe that’s just me. Thanks for reading!

  • what i do is i apply jergens self tanner at night, after showering from the gym. i go to sleep and let it ‘soak in’ and then in the morning do another quick rinse to get rid of the smell. works like a charm!

  • I got excited to see there was a list of self tanners on here because I’m always looking for the perfect tanner. But I wish you would add in your point of view in each description. As it stands, all you give us is the official product description. Just feels like an ad.

    • Hi there- don’t worry, this isn’t an ad. I have sampled and tried all of these tanners and would not recommend them otherwise. Thanks for reading!

  • Any suggestions for people that sadly allergic to DHA? Recommendations for body bronzers perhaps?

  • I stopped using self tanners in high school because of the smell Jergens gave off, but I’m willing to try them again! The bareMinerals face tanner looks great!

  • cool post. very informative. I’m going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new data.
    Thanks and keep posting.

  • Found your site a few weeks ago, have been obsessing ever since. Was ready to get back into self tanning season, thought to myself “I wonder if Glitter has a top list of self tanners published yet?”. Logged in, found this article posted yesterday! Great minds glitter alike! Thank you for everything you do!

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