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The 5 best temporary tanners

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert7 years ago
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For those who like a glow without the aggro, these gorgeous goof-proof bronzers grant a gleam to sun-starved limbs while camouflaging tell-tale signs of clumsiness (bruises be-gone!). Ideal for unexpected heatwaves when you need to get your stems out sharpish, these temporary tanners will rush to your bare-legged rescue (without the whiff or waiting time).

For those who like their glow 'au naturel', look no further than Vita Liberata's {Body Blur HD}, which boasts skin-loving super-natural ingredients to nourish and bestow a supermodel-worthy lustre. If it's good enough for Gigi...

If you're looking to take the 'edge' off paler-than-pale pins (although, we LOVE legs of all colours!), a squirt of BECCA's beautiful {Shimmering Skin Perfector} in 'Topaz', mixed with body lotion and applied to naked shins will banish scales and lend a hint of light-reflective shimmer.

For a faultless (healthy!) post-holiday glow top-to-toe, look no further than {Loving Tan}. Their {Deluxe Body Make-up} grants an instant airbrushed finish - blurring visibility of imperfections while granting a believable olive-toned tan. Choose from three shades depending on skin tone (or courage!).

The ultimate enhancer, {The Gloss} by TAN-LUXE is a brilliant bronzing stick with a beguiling high-shine finish. A convenient twist-up stick, this looks amazing swept along your shin bones (it makes your legs look endless), collarbones and exposed shoulders for an eye-catching, golden-toned highlight.

And if you want a 'kiss' of colour, BY TERRY's best-loved {Tea to Tan} is perfect spritzed directly onto face and body. Just make sure you rub it in swiftly for a gorgeous 'tattoo' tan. Totally transfer-resistant, this is the ideal 'two minute' formula for those last minute minidress emergencies.


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...