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Self-Tan Drops Are The Key To Faking A Golden Glow This Summer

You know what goes great with an ice-cold Aperol spritz and a silk slip dress on a hot July night? Gleaming, sun-kissed skin. There’s an undeniable mood boost that comes with smoothing a shimmery body oil over bronzed shoulders and calves — even if we know that the risks that come with sunbathing far outweigh the rewards.

That’s why we’ve made it our mission to find the next best thing: believable self tanners. After years of testing, lotions, mousses, and invisible tanning waters, we’d argue that the best formulas — with zero downsides in application — are self-tan drops. You don’t need a mitt or new skin-care routine to use them: Just mix them into your daily moisturiser, smooth the concoction onto your face or body, and check back in a few hours for a noticeable glow. Scroll through for our favourite foolproof options, ahead.

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Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

One of the most-hyped self tanners on the market, Isle of Paradise’s Self Tanning Drops come in three shades — light, medium, or dark — so you can customise your glow from barely bronzed to “I just got back from vacation” (even if you never left the sofa).

Isle Of Paradise Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops Light 30ml, $, available at Boots

Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops

The more drops you use, the deeper your tan will be — so go slow and remember to scrub your hands after you mix the liquid into your moisturiser or serum.

Tan-Luxe The Face, $, available at Cult Beauty

Foxie Cosmetics Goldtone

Indie and Black-owned beauty brand Foxie Cosmetics makes vegan skin and body-care products using only sustainable and fair-trade ingredients. A must-try? The bronze glow drops that nourish skin with rose hip and walnut oils, while leaving behind the faintest golden shimmer (not glitter) for an instant gleam.

Foxie Cosmetics Foxie Cosmetics Goldtone, $, available at Foxie Cosmetics

Tanologist Drops

Fans love Tanologist drops for the price and packaging — a 30 mL bottle is just $20 and will last you well through 2020. Another win: The formula has a refreshing eucalyptus scent, which helps cut the telltale self-tanner smell.

Tanologist Self-Tan Drops Dark, $, available at Superdrug

James Read H2O Tan Drops Face

James Read’s water-based serum is formulated with a blend of aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to give dry skin a boost of moisture, and prevent the tanner from clumping, streaking, or seeping into dry patches.

James Read H2O Tan Drops, $, available at skin city

Designed to be mixed in with your morning or evening moisturiser, these drops are packed with tanning ingredient DHA and brightening vitamin C to impart a believable glow.

Lumene Nordic-C [VALO] Self-Tan Drops, $, available at LookFantastic

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