Sun-kissed: 10 best fake tans for face

Self-tanning is the safest way to get a golden glow this summer. Try these products specially formulated for your face to ensure an even tan

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Tanning your face can be tricky to get right and there’s plenty of scope for giving away your secret

So, make sure you've exfoliated the day before and moisturised thoroughly. Pop a little Vaseline on eyebrows and around the hairline to prevent tell-tale marks. And remember to exfoliate regularly to ensure the tan fades evenly.

We tried and tested a range of tanners; starting with good-value gradual moisturisers like Simple’s Skin + Sun-kissed, building up to products that will deliver a deeper glow such as Lancome’s face gel.

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If your final goal is ultra-bronze or you want to maintain your holiday colour, Xen-Tan Face Tanner Luxe gives a deep tan and is packed with skin-boosting anti-agers. For something less dramatic, James Read Sleep Tan Face Mask gives a more subtle glow that can be built up over several nights. If it’s value you’re after, Soltan’s one to put in your basket next time you’re in Boots.

Buy now

1. Simple Kind to Skin + Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream, £4.99 for 50ml

2. Origins Faux Glow Radiant Self-Tanner for Face, £18 for 50ml

3. Xen-Tan Face Tanner Luxe Daily Self-Tan, £19.99 for 80ml

4. Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self-Tan Face Cream, £4.66 for 50ml

5. Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face, £29.50 for 50ml

6. James Read Sleep Tan Face Mask, £25 for 50ml

7. Institut Esthederm Sun Sheen Intense Tan Self-tanning Face Cream, £28.80 for 50ml

8. St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion Face Non Pore Clogging, £22 for 50ml

9. Fake Bake The Face Anti-Ageing Self-Tanning Lotion, £22 for 60ml

10. Lancome Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Face Gel, £24 for 50ml

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