StyleWatch Editors Want to Know Your Favorite Self-Tanner!

04/20/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

Finding a really great self-tanner is a big beauty quest for most women — you know, one that doesn’t streak, turn you an unnatural shade of orange and actually creates a believable sunny glow. We know, for example, that Jennifer Lopez loves her Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, but we’re still searching for our favorite. This often leads to some scary experimentation — who hasn’t had to wear pants in the broiling heat because of splotchy calves? We want to know what you’ve come up with that works for you. Tell us: What’s your favorite self-tanner and why?

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Jennifer on

To apply self tan to the backs of my hands I use a piece of cotton wool after I’ve washed my hands from the rest of my application. You can also get mitts to use to apply the lotion so you don’t get any on your palms at all, The Body Shop does a great one that I’ve used with St Tropez before.

Sarah C. on

Loreal Sublime Bronze Gel is the best!!! I have experimented with MANY different tanners in the past, and I keep going back to Sublime Bronze. If you use it at night, then sleep in the tanner–just shower off in the AM & you have a tan.

Katy on

I LOVE L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze in medium-deep. It has a hint of tint that give color instantlyt and a shimmer to it that give me the perfect glow! The tint allows for streak-free coverage. Then as the day goes on, the color builds gradually. I get compliments all the time on my skin color!

Shellsea on

I use Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze Collection Daily Glow Facial Moisturizer in Light to Medium at night and have been very pleased. It’s oil-free yet moisturizing, non-streaking and smells great. I get a subtle glow that looks natural, not at all fake or tacky.

Mary A on

AVEENO CONTINOUS MEDIUM SKIN TONE SELF TANNER. Its excellent, I always looked tanned.

Car on

I love a little YouRebel by Benefit for that special, subtle glow. It’s actually a tinted moisturizer, but works well for light coverage plus a healthy glow!

erin on

Vaseline makes one and I love it. It does not smell bad at all, and it does not leave you streaky. The color is natural too, not orange-y or fake looking.

Sarah M on

Jant Tana Fast Tan is great for light skin. Looks natural brown and no bad smell. Two applications gives a great tan that lasts about 4-5 days. Wears off nicely too. It’s thick and easy to work with but work it in quickly. Use gloves, then spread very lightly on tops of hands so that you do not have a “sleeve” look. Age 39, Clearwater, FL

stephaniek on

alice- i have the perfect trick for you!

to eliminate “sleeves” and put tanner on your hands, put the tanner all over wherever you want, arms, torso, etc. then wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. take a zip-loc baggie and stick your hand inside like a mitten, squirt the tanner on your opposite hand, and use the baggie hand to spread the tanner around your other hand. let it dry and then try it with the other one. the baggie works great because it doesn’t soak through onto the palms of your hands, and once you’re done, just throw it out!

isn’t self-tanner the absolute best thing ever?!

Cheryl C on

I have used Banana Boat Self Tanner for years and absolutely love it !!! Use if for several days until you get the result you are looking for, then just a couple of days a week to maintain the color…Inexpensive too…I have tried the L’Oreal as well, but still rely on Banana Boat!

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