The Best Sunless Tanners for Your Skin Tone

Amanda Montell

My first experience with self-tanner is one you’ve probably heard before: It was a drugstore tanning foam, I didn’t shave or exfoliate before applying, and it turned my skin blotchy and traffic-cone orange. Oh, the plight of an early-2000s tween. 

If you endured a similar experience, you may not be eager to give it another try. After all, even in 2016, it’s hard to find the right self-tanner for your skin tone and texture. But for a glowy, sun-kissed complexion sans UV damage, it’s worth it to score your perfect match. 

According to Spray di Solé founder Sveltana Feller, the key to finding your ideal self-tanner is to “take your time selecting a combination of ingredients that will soothe, hydrate, and nourish, in addition to tanning your skin.” (Aloe and jojoba, for example.) This will make sure your skin doesn’t end up flaky or splotchy. But like foundation or concealer, sunless tanner isn’t one size fits all. In order to ensure that you don’t end up looking orange, you’ll need to find the best sunless tanner for your skin tone. 

That’s where this guide comes in. To find the best self-tanner for your complexion once and for all, keep scrolling!

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