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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 Bronzing Makeup Base
Wear this cream-gel bronzer alone or under your foundation to look radiant without sun exposure.
$50 at Nordstrom
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
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 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 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 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 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
Organic tanning actives combined with plant- and fruit-derived ingredients tint the skin without streaking it.
$28 at Sephora
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 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 Body Glow
Pearlescent minerals are infused in this coconut oil highlighter to make you shimmer.
$28 at Ulta
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 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 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 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
This head-to-toe BB cream adds radiance to your skin tone and blurs imperfections.
$45 at Ulta
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