Best Self Tanners for Brides

Every bride wants to look like she just returned from some sun-kissed Caribbean beach on her big day. But what if your fair complexion is that of a traditional English rose, all creamy porcelain with hints of blush? You know that not even equator-strength sun will produce a natural tan. (Besides, you want to stave off sun-borne wrinkles forever!) Enter the self-tanner: Self-tanners from our mothers' era were renowned for taking the user on a visit to Oompa-Loompaland. Fortunately, modern self-tanners are much improved, but you still need a sherpa to guide you up the mountain of products that promise glow-worthy results. Check out our list of top self-tanners from Amazon, Sephora, Nordstrom and more that'll give brides a soft, natural-looking glow without sun exposure. But before you use any of them, a pro tip: To stay free of streaks, exfoliate 24 hours prior to use, smooth the product evenly over freshly cleansed skin, and wash immediately hands after use. Now, get glowing!

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Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer

Proving that self-tanners don't have to be pricey to become cult favorites, the award-winning and inexpensive Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer creates a natural-looking shade that's gradual and flawless. While some self-tanners produce a telltale odor, this formula has a pleasant scent. It allows the user achieve a skin tone that is one full shade darker in just three days. ($8; walmart.com)

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Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil

Argan oil has become a popular beauty ingredient in recent years for good reason: It is quickly absorbed by the skin and hair, and it dries quickly without any greasy residue. Actress and model Josie Maran has chosen this miracle ingredient in its organic form for her eco-friendly skin care line and has created a cult favorite with her Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil. Infused with pure argan oil, coconut water and aloe, it builds a natural-looking bronzed glow that lasts, beginning with a hint of caramel and developing into a medium tan after four to eight hours. A plush mitt is included for a streak-free application. ($39; sephora.com)

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Beauty by Earth Self Tanner

An Amazon top seller with rave reviews, this vegan sunless tanning lotion is cruelty free, never tested on animals and all natural. Among the all-natural ingredients are organic shea butter, organic coconut oil and Japanese green tea, plus this product is perfect for sensitive, pale skin. Bonus: The brand promises "the beautiful bronze skin you desire - or your money back." Love that! ($28; amazon.com)

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Tarte Brazilliance PLUS+ Self-Tanner

This is the updated version of Tarte's best-selling Brazilliance self-tanner, which has been infused with natural exfoliators and moisturizers. In as little as four hours, the tinted bronze gel and custom application mitt guarantee an even, streak-free tan. It boasts a proprietary blend of squalane, aloe and citric acid that helps promote surface exfoliation so that the skin is prepped for each application. Such exfoliation produces a tan that fades gradually and evenly over time, which is great news considering that uneven fading is a major problem with lesser self-tanners. ($39; sephora.com)

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St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

What we love about the tried-and-true St. Tropez brand is the tinted foam formulation it has produced for its St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. The foam is a brown-green tint that stays foamy throughout the application, which definitely helps with keeping the product even, as you can see areas you may have missed. Genius! Plus we love the floral scent. Tip: Blend quickly, as the foam is quick drying. The outcome is a long-lasting tan in one application that will fade evenly. ($32; sephora.com)

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Kate Somerville Somerville360° Tanning Towelettes

Kate Somerville, skin care expert to the stars, knows that Hollywood beauties don't always get their tans from the beaches of Malibu. Nope, they rely on the 'Somerville360°' Tanning Towelettes that deepen skin color to a believable bronze within a few hours. The tanning agent is the workhorse dihydroxyacetone, which is included in a generous formula on each towelette so that each one is more than sufficient to create an all-over tan. Bonus: It never leaves a residue on clothing. ($48; nordstrom.com)

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Sephora Self-Tanning Mist

A mist is an alternative to foams and lotions, and Sephora's version is handy because its light tint bronzes the skin instantly for ease of application. As you go, it will show you exactly where you have applied it for a natural-looking tan effect without streaking. It's also formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates and is enriched with glycerin to moisturize the skin. ($18; sephora.com)

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Tan Physics True Color Sunless Tanner

Everything about this gel-based tanner will make winter a distant memory. It gives the user a subtle tan at first so that she can go through several applications to achieve the exact tone that she wants. It has a quick dry time, which means the user has to work fast to steer clear of streaks, but the clear, un-messy consistency makes it easy to control. It's highly rated on Amazon, where users rave about the light and citrusy scent. ($29; amazon.com)

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Skinerals Self Tanner Sunless Bronzer Californium Natural and Organic Ingredients

Amazon reviewers love this highly-rated mousse for several reasons: They say it goes on easily and flawlessly, is a true tan (not orange) and works quickly. Yes, reviewers say it develops soon after it is applied, then continues to deepen overnight. The results are a natural-looking tan that lasts up to seven days. Skinerals boasts that the tanner is made from minerals, not chemicals. For $10, the brand also sells high-quality application gloves. ($22; amazon.com)

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Supergoop Healthy Glow Sunless Tanning with SPF 40

Finding a self-tanner with an SPF is like locating the Loch Ness Monster, but Supergoop has become the stuff of urban legend due to its whopping 40 SPF. Woot woot! It's quite the twofer, since it also moisturizes (or is that a three-fer?). The application is easy due to the spray formulation that instantly disappears as it's absorbed by the face and body. A light glow develops in just two to four hours, but if a deeper color is preferred, multiple applications work to provide the desired tan level. ($38; sephora.com)

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La Mer Soleil de La Mer The Face & Body Gradual Tan Lotion

La Mer has been a legendary skincare product for decades due to its nutrient-rich Miracle Broth that noticeably improves the look of fine lines and skin texture. Now, it is included in this floral-scented self-tanning lotion that improves radiance while creating a natural-looking tan on the face and body. Bonus: The tan lasts a full week. The skincare boost along with the long-lasting glow definitely make the $100 price tag worth it for discriminating users. ($100; nordstrom.com)

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