16 Self-Tanner Alternatives For a Next-Level Glow Minus the Mitts

16 Self-Tanner Alternatives For a Next-Level Glow Minus the Mitts
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Though we tend to associate self-tanner with the summer season, I’m one of those glow-obsessed people who makes it a year-round priority. Because I’m basically militant about applying sunscreen every day (no exaggeration here), sunless tanning products have kept my summer bronze thriving in the months where my yellow undertones come out to play and I have to go H.A.M. with the bronzer. However, ask anyone who regularly self-tans what the most annoying part of the process is and they’ll say two words: those. gloves. Tanning mitts are undoubtedly a vibe killer, which is why I’m starting to get familiar with mess-free self-tanning alternatives.

In 2019, there are so many other ways besides a traditional self-tanner to get your glow on. If you’re mostly concerned about your face, there are primers that warm up the complexion. Should your body be the focus, body highlighters are crazy easy to apply. And if even rubbing something in isn’t your speed, tanning drops and face mists are more popular than ever. Ahead, 16 of the best alternatives for the face and body with mostly mess-free application.

chanel soleil tan 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Chanel.

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base

Wear this cream-gel bronzer alone or under your foundation to look radiant without sun exposure.

$50 at Nordstrom

charlotte tilbury bronze mask 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Charlotte Tilbury.

Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask

Apply this blackcurrant seed oil- and oat kernel extract-infused mask to the face for a streak-free tan by morning.

$55 at Sephora

chemistry brand glow oil 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

The Chemistry Brand.

The Chemistry Brand Glow Oil

This DHA-free alternative leaves the body with a natural-looking glow after a couple days of use.

$28 at The Chemistry Brand

clarins glow booster 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Clarins.

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

Mix this 99 percent natural formula with your day or night moisturizer to give your skin a glow.

$32 at Sephora

dior bronze 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Dior.

Dior Bronze After-Sun Care Monoi Balm

If you already have a tan, but want to ensure it lasts more than a day, apply this luxurious balm to the body once you’re in for the night.

$39 at Bloomingdale’s

drunk elephant d bronzi 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Drunk Elephant.

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

This serum, meant to be mixed with an oil or moisturizer, adds a bronze tint to the skin and uses a mix of antioxidants to form a protective shield from pollution and other outside elements.

$36 at Sephora

fenty beauty body lava 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Fenty Beauty.

Fenty Beauty Body Lava Body Luminizer

This high-shimmer body illuminator feels as dewy as it looks, so use just a little at a time to get the finish you want.

$59 at Sephora

isle of paradise self tanning water 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Isle of Paradise.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water

Organic tanning actives combined with plant- and fruit-derived ingredients tint the skin without streaking it.

$28 at Sephora

james read h2o tan drops 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

James Read.

James Read H2O Tan Drops

Add this water-based serum to your serum or moisturizer to get a tan that lasts for days.

$35 at Dermstore

josie argan illuminating body butter 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Josie Maran.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Illuminating Body Butter

This body moisturizer is infused with a subtle rose gold tint so you can look effortlessly glowy (and hydrated).

$38 at Sephora

kopari coconut glow 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Kopari.

Kopari Coconut Body Glow

Pearlescent minerals are infused in this coconut oil highlighter to make you shimmer.

$28 at Ulta

loving tan bronze shimmer 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Loving Tan.

Loving Tan Bronze Shimmer Luxurious Cream

This body bronzer is infused with aloe vera, coffee, and pomegranate extracts to leave your skin glowy and soft.

$32.95 at Ulta

sol de janeiro glow oils 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Sol de Janeiro.

Sol de Janeiro Glowmotions Glow Oil

There’s a shade for every mood in this collection of body oils, suitable for every skin type.

$35 at Sephora

st tropez bronzing face mist 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

St. Tropez.

St Tropez Bronzing Water Face Mist

No need to rinse after spritzing on this face mist, that leaves you with a glow in just 4-8 hours.

$30 at Ulta

tanologist tanning drops 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Tanologist.

Tanologist Face + Body Drops

Mix 1-12 drops of this vegan, odor-free formula to your moisturizer for a natural-looking tan.

$19.99 at Target

vita liberata body blur 16 Self Tanner Alternatives For a Next Level Glow Minus the Mitts

Vita Liberata.

Vita Liberata Body Blur

This head-to-toe BB cream adds radiance to your skin tone and blurs imperfections.

$45 at Ulta

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