Did you know that every self-tanner is different? Yes, siree — every formula has its own ratio of colours, meaning that the one that looks divinely bronze on your BFF can look totally Oompa Loompa on you. And depending on your skin type, a tanner can leave you with patches or take forev-er to dry, streaking you up. So how's a girl to pick her poison?
If you have dry skin, a gradual tanning lotion is best for you. Moisturising, creamy formulas are the perfect option because, as the product works over time, you won't get that tell-tale patchiness. Try St Tropez Gradual Tan Every Day Body ($33.95).
If you have oily skin, try a mousse or gel formula. Self-tanner is going to take a little longer to dry on you, so spray tans and lotions are more likely to run. Mousses and gels both sink in quickly, so you'll get even results. Try Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Gel ($42).
Keep reading . . .If you have pink undertones, many self-tanners may be a little too orange for you and most get more carrot-y as they fade. To keep yourself looking naturally golden, think about trying a wash-off tanner — they're usually more brown or golden, which will look much more flattering on your skin. Try St Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Face Lotion ($29.95)
If you have golden or olive undertones, make sure to use your tanner sparingly. Many self-tanners have lots of red undertones and if you slather it on thick it can muddy your undertones.
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