The best face tanners to buy for glowing skin, as chosen by your fave celebs

From Molly-Mae Hague to Olivia Bowen, these are the holy grail face tanners all the celebs swear by

The best face tanners to buy, as chosen by your fave celebs

by Angelica Daujotas |

There is nothing quite like a little colour on your face to hint that you've just landed from a two-week break to Mauritius. Or an outdoorsy trip to the Cotswolds or wherever the Made In Chelsea lot venture. Thanks to our trusty pal, the face tanner, you can still look bronzed 'n' babein all year round, but what are the best facial tanners to try?

Well, some of our absolute faves - from Kylie Jenner herself to Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Molly Mae - have revealed the holy grail products they swear by for glowing skin. Oh, and did we mention they're all happily affordable.

Applying fake tan to your face can seem terrifying, but it's important to know face tanners are not all are created equally.

Luckily for you, our fave celebs have found some of the best face self-tanners out there because, let's be honest, no one wants a fake tan fail.

So, if you're in need of a pick-me-up or simply want to look hot fire flames during a conference call, here are the fake tans for your face that all have the celeb seal of approval.

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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam 200ml - Dark
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King Kylie herself revealed back in 2018 that Australian brand Bondi Sands' Tanning Foam is her all-time fave tanner - and we're hardly surprised. The tanning foam is basically a celebrity itself by this point, thanks to its long-lasting, salon-quality results.

James Read Sleep Mask
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has raved about the James Read Sleep Mask for years, saying "I swear by James Read and I have regular at-home spray tans." The sleep mask is enriched with beautifying ingredients and delivers a gorgeous golden glow by the morning.

Tan Luxe THE FACE Self Tan Drops
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Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn swears by this face tanner for glowy skin. She told Page Six that her current must-have is Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops, which are a cult-favourite in Beauty Land. She said, "These illuminating tan drops can be added to any lotion, oil, or moisturiser to transform your tan. They also have a hyaluronic acid formula that makes your skin beam from the inside out. I love that the drops are customisable and buildable for a subtle glow or a full-on bronze Barbie look."

Skinny Tan Coconut Water Tanning Mist
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Love Island's Liberty Poole loves the Skinny Tan Coconut Water Tanning Mist. She recommends "spritzing as the last step in my skincare routine as it helps to brighten, moisturise and make me look like I've just come back from a week's holiday!"

Skinny Tan Notox Face Tanning Drops
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A huge fan of Skinny Tan, Liberty Poole also shared she really loves "the Notox Beauty Elixir (£22.99) and Notox Face Tanning Drops (£11.33) too, which add a really nice healthy glow to my face. They're great for layering and building on each other; I've been using three different Skinny Tan products on my face before bed!"

Bondi Sands Pure Self-Tanning Face Mist
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OG Geordie Shore cast member Charlotte Crosby says Bondi Sands is her go-to. Speaking on the brand she shared, "they've got a really nice face mist and I've used it for a very long time."

utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water Facial Mist
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As if it wasn't enough that utan has launched this range in collaboration with YouTube beauty KWEEN Jamie Genevieve, Olivia Bowen swears by it as one of her "holy grail" products for looking sun-kissed without breaking out. And it's less than £20 - we'll take ten.

Filter By Molly-Mae Self-Tanning Drops
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Filter by Molly-Mae is of course the influencer and entrepreneur's go-to self-tanner brand. After searching for the perfect formula, Molly-Mae Hague's dream was to revolutionise the way we tan. Naturally streak-free and effortlessly lightweight, Molly-Mae created her self-tanning products to achieve a natural, even and illuminating glow, whilst keeping skin bronzed for longer.

Isle of Paradise Night Glow Calming Gradual Tan Face Mist
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Talking all things self-care to heat, Love Islander Montana Brown revealed her skin saviour is the Isle of Paradise Night Glow Calming Gradual Tan Face Mist. She shared, "I love to massage my face for a bit in the evening and then use the Isle of Paradise Night Glow Facial Mist (£16). It's a night-time facial mist infused with a soothing blend of ylang ylang, jasmine, and lavender to help relax the senses. It contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which act as humectants to attract moisture to the skin, providing deep hydration skin as you sleep. I do actually wake up really glowing which is nice."

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist
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Ex-Love Islander and Made In Chelsea star, Zara McDermott, took to Instagram Stories to answer questions on her exquisitely glowy skin. Her secret? The £14.99 St Tropez Self Tan Face Mist that you can get on Amazon right this second. The reality star-turned-influencer answered a question about her skin routine, saying: "I use the St Tropez tanning mist every 3 nights or so on my face and leave it overnight...I then used some eye cream, moisturiser and Elemis Facial oil on top!"

Tanologist Face and Body Drops
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Founded and adored by the stunning make-up artist, beauty influencer and ultimate 'Tanologist', Lottie Tomlinson, it's fair to say the celeb's go-to face tanner is the Tanologist Self Tan Drops. Lottie developed her brand to deliver everything she wanted in a tan – clean, clear and streak-free results.

Tan-Luxe The Cru00e8me
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Made In Chelsea's Melissa Tattam is also a huge Tan-Luxe fan like many other celebs. Her new fave is the Tan-Luxe The Crème for the "perfect natural glow". She revealed, "I love it as a tan but also a skincare product- truly has so many amazing benefits and the overall appearance of my skin is so much better with this product!"

While some fake tans will simply wash off (great for commitment-phobes), others will gradually build the colour over days, depending on how often you apply. Finally, with some products, you simply apply once and the product will gradually fade over the week.

It's a bit like dating and you may want to try a few to see what works best for you and your routine before you settle on The One.

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How to ensure a streak-free application:

1. Exfoliate the day before: whether you opt for skincare acids or a physical scrub, ensure you remove any dead skin cells prior to tanning. This way you can ensure a streak-free finish.

2. Moisturise: skin always looks better when it's hydrated. Make sure you're drinking enough water, too as dry skin can be a sign of dehydration.

3. Choose wisely: if you are super pale and are looking for a natural finish, it's probably not wise to go straight for shade 'dark'. Try a light or medium instead.

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