The Best Self-Tanners That Won’t Make You Look Like A Cheeto

It's easier than ever to get a convincing glow.
The Best Self-Tanners That Won't Make You Look Like A Cheeto
The Best Self-Tanners That Won’t Make You Look Like A Cheeto

The art of self-tanning can be a tricky one, so you need to be equipped with the right products and tools. (We can safely say looking like a human-sized cheesy chip will never be in style). We’ve done the hard work for you, finding the 20 best formulas out there. These self-tanners are easy to use, streak-free, and will leave behind a natural-looking glow. Click through to pick your new fave.

Sunless Tanning Deep Water Mousse

This dye-free, clear mousse applies like a plush cloud and smells like a tropical vacation. Plus, it’s made from Jergens, a brand we’ve been relying on for years.

Gradual Sunless Tanning Lotion

This body lotion gradually adds just a bit of color each time you use it, making it great for both self-tanner beginners and those looking to extend a tan.

Airbrush Legs Body Makeup Spray

Falling somewhere between body makeup and full-on self-tanner, this water-resistant spray adds a natural finish to legs—or, really, anywhere on the body—and comes in four shades.

Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

A tanning mist you only have to spray once to get a serious glow for days may seem too good to be true. But we’re here to tell you this unicorn product does exist—and St. Tropez makes it. This face mist is infused with natural tanning agents to give you the golden tan of your dreams.

Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Body Gel with Pure Vitamin E

A cult favorite for a reason, this gel formula is packed with moisturizing ingredients and imparts a shimmering, golden hue that lasts up to five days.

Self-Tanning Night Moisture Mask

This mask works overnight so that you wake up with that glow. It also multitasks as a skincare product to give you firmer skin.

Self Tanner

Formulated with sugar beets(!), you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more effective clean self-tanner on the market—plus it smells like coconut and feels like your favorite body lotion.

Self Tanning Milk

If you’re big on texture, this milky lotion is for you. It applies so smooth and buttery, it makes the otherwise annoying tanning experience a pleasure.

Self-Tanning Water Mousse

It checks all the boxes of a good self tanner (long lasting, streak-free, and lightweight), but it’s also super-hydrating and just makes your skin feel supple and plump.

Instant Bronzing Mist

This tanning mist is like having a professional airbrush tanner in your bathroom at all times. It’s buildable if you want a deeper tan and is made with ingredients like vitamin E and aloe vera to protect and firm the skin.

The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops

If you’re looking for a more bespoke experience, this tanning booster will be your jam. Add this to your normal moisturizer, serum, or face oil for radiant and natural-looking color.

Australian Glow One Hour Express Self Tan Mousse

We already know faux tanning is the only safe option for your skin, and this Aussie brand is making it safer for the planet. Not only is their one-hour tanning mousse made with natural and organic ingredients, but when you run out, you can pop in a refill pack—each one uses 83% less plastic than a brand-new bottle.

Organic Sunless Tan Firming Lotion

This lotion doesn’t just tan—it also leaves skin looking firmer thanks to green caffeine, alaria esculenta seaweed, and pea extract.

Brazilliance PLUS+ Self Tanner

Not only is this tanner vegan, hypoallergenic, and made with maracuja oil to hydrate and smooth skin—it’s also one of the best at masking that unmistakable tanner smell.

Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse

Smear this foamy mousse on and you get a tan that adapts perfectly to your skin tone. As an added bonus, it dries in only 60 seconds. We love a quick fix.

Self Tanner

Over 3,000 glowing reviews on Amazon can’t be wrong: this is the best organic and natural self-tanner. It’s made with aloe vera and argan oil to leave skin glowing, healthy, and hydrated.

Self Tanning Foam Dark

This lightweight foam is so easy to apply, it’s pretty much foolproof. Getting a streak-free application is key considering just how golden and bronze the formula dries.

Healthy Glow Sunless Tan Broad Spectrum Suncreen SPF 40

Slather this on every single day for a dose of SPF 40 sun protection and a gradual and buildable self-tanner. You’ll stay glowing (and protected!) all summer long.

Glow Clear, Color Correcting Self-Tanning Mousse

What separates this tanning mousse from the thousand others is its color correcting actives to even out your skin tone. Plus, we love that it’s cruelty-free and organic.

Alpha Beta Intense Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face

One of our favorite exfoliating pads now also gives us the best natural-looking fake tan. You not only get a hint of color, but smoother and clearer skin.