How To Fake A Sunkissed Glow This Weekend – Without Compromising Your Skin

Tanning Thursdays just got a whole lot easier.

Did someone say game-changers? 

Fake tan isn't what it used to be, and trust us, that's a good thing.

We no longer have to pay a price to look like we've spent the past week in the Bahamas. We don't have to put up with greasy lotions, biscuit smelling scents, and florescent orange complexions like we did in the past.

No, today's false tan products are effective, lightweight, and barely detectable on the skin. What's more is that they come in almost every form imaginable, from sprays and mists to oils, foams, skincare, and beyond. It's official: the new wave of fake tan is here, and it's about time.

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Despite this progress though, DIY self-tanning isn’t exactly beginner-friendly, and even if you do happen to consider yourself a pro, it’s definitely not fool-proof either.

Fortunately, there are several self-tan hacks and plenty of newly launched (and utterly game-changing) sunless bronzing products to ensure you end up with an even bronze glow, and not a streaky orange mishap that you’re stuck with for up to a week.

Whether you’re looking for an option that delivers instant-gratification results by way of an imperfection-blurring wash of colour that’ll last for just the day or are on the hunt for a gradual glow that will survive your week-long beach vacation, there are plenty of unusual fake tan alternatives to test out for what remains of Summer (and beyond) that are much more user-friendly than the gold standard of spray-on formulas we’re used to. 


What's the next big thing in tan? Waters. Whether you want to top up an existing tan or just achieve a subtle hint of colour, tanning water is the perfect product. Spritz it liberally and for the best results, use a mitt to buff and blend. 

You'll still end up with the same glorious bronzed colour achieved with a regular mousse or lotion self-tan; the main difference is you can waltz around developing, without anyone being aware. Sneaky sneaky.

OUR TOP PICK: Dripping Gold Wonder Water, €12.95, SoSu By Suzanne Jackson

Instant satisfaction:

Sometimes a girl just needs a tan and she needs it now, which is where instant lotions come to the rescue. The best thing about instant tan is their ability to not only leaving you with a bronzed glow but they conceal veins, scars, cat scratches or chicken skin with streak-free light, medium or dark coverage/ Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish won't rub off on your clothes or cake the skin, and it contains aloe vera, vitamin E and shea butter for a hydrating finish.

OUR TOP PICK: Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, €29.99, Vita Liberata

sense and sensitivity 

Some sensitive skins can be irritated by the guide colour in false tan, which contains synthetic colouring red dyes. Tan Organic uses all-natural and organic ingredients and food colouring as a guide colour. TanOrganic - available from Boots - is free from fragrances too, and has hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to hydrate dry skin.

Avoid tan if your skin is inflamed, flaring up or broken and be sure to try a patch test 24 hours before using to make sure you have no reaction.

Once you're in the clear, be sure to moisturise the skin before tanning and after to keep the skin hydrated, but thanks so hydrating properties in TanOrganic, your tan won't cling to dry patches.

OUR TOP PICK: Self Tan Mousse, €29.99, TanOrganic

express yourself 

Tanning used to mean blocking out Thursday night so that you had enough time to exfoliate and marinate. And while express or one-hour tans have been around for a while, the colour payoff was mostly on par with a light to medium tan.

But oh boy, have the true colour contenders now arrived.

OUR TOP PICK: 1HR Extra Dark Tan, €9.95, Cocoa Brown


Most of us have suffered from a self-tan gone wrong at some point in our lives, and DIY removal hacks aren’t always the most effective, but since Vogue Williams launched her Self Tan Eraser, removing the residue of last week's colour has never been easier.

As long as you've had your original tan on for three days, it should just take five minutes of wait time and a quick rinse to remove every last trace.

The initial release sold out in stores nationwide left, right and centre because it was so effective. The best part? It works with all types of tans, not just Bare By Vogue.

OUR TOP PICK: Self Tan Eraser, €15, Bare By Vogue


If you've ever tried to tan your entire body and then immediately put on clothing only for it to have gone disastrously, then allow us to introduce you to Glow Dry. An illuminating drying powder formulated with absorbing ingredients to dry and remove the stickiness from fake tan, Glow Dry makes tan-and-go a viability.

You basically buff it on as you would your face powder, and it takes down the stickiness from tan immediately, so you can feel fresher and put your clothes on without transferring onto clothes or sheets.

Oh, and it's refillable and vegan-friendly - dreamy. 

OUR TOP PICK: Glow Dry IlLuminising Drying Powder Starter Kit, €31, Glow Dry

Main image by @elinwarn

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