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The best fake tan alternatives for those who ‘don’t do’ tan

‘Don’t do’ tan? If the thought gives you goosebumps, these temporary alternatives take the sting from the fake-tanning tail. Limb-gilding, streak-free and transfer-resistant, these {sun & tanning} make up must-haves are perfect for all those whose track record with ‘faux glows’ has caused lasting trauma…

So, for a glow without the aggro, these gorgeous goof-proof bronzers grant a gleam to sun-starved skin 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).

Sol de Janeiro’s phenomenal bronzing oils gave Lily Aldridge, Kate Upton and Scarlett Johannson their glorious Met Gaga glows. A great way to make like the A-List, choose between {Rio Sunset} – a pale, champagne gold or the toffee-toned {Copacabana} – to gild your limbs, shoulders and décolletage with a glistening, transfer-resistant lustre (who needs clothes?!).

Causing a (well-deserved) crush at the checkout, Huda Beauty’s {N.Y.M.P.H} sold out within hours of launch – such was the clamour to swiftly emerge from your post-winter chrysalis looking da-BOMB (not da-pasty). Inspired by Beyonce, the three shades of glistening liquid are basically ‘golden hour’ in a bottle, building from subtle to show-stopping – just mix with moisturiser for an incandescent gleam or use it ‘neat’ for skin that looks like molten metal (in a greeeeeeeat way). Particularly gorgeous after hours, be warned: this may cause confidence…

And speaking of Mrs. Carter, Beyoncé’s make up artist (@sirjohnofficial) used ALLEVEN’s {Colour Shield} in the shade ‘Almond’ to get her pins #Beychella ready. Blurring, tinting and transfer-resistant (the spray-on leg make up withstood ALL of Bey’s costume changes), this hides and boo-boos for spellbinding stems just in time for sunshine.

And just in from the tanning brand striving to banish faux-(tan)-pas for good, {TAN-LUXE} have launched {Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum} – powered by a potent hyaluronic acid complex which effortlessly delivers a streak-free, ultra-nourished glow that you’ll absolutely adore. Youth-preserving while helping you to fake that faux glow, this lightweight yet potent serum is a 3-in-1 hard-working hero that tans, plumps and adds serious glow to skin for a flawless and natural, healthy tan which will have everyone asking where you went last weekend.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

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...