StyleWatch Editors Want to Know Your Favorite Self-Tanner!

04/20/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

Finding a really great self-tanner is a big beauty quest for most women — you know, one that doesn’t streak, turn you an unnatural shade of orange and actually creates a believable sunny glow. We know, for example, that Jennifer Lopez loves her Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, but we’re still searching for our favorite. This often leads to some scary experimentation — who hasn’t had to wear pants in the broiling heat because of splotchy calves? We want to know what you’ve come up with that works for you. Tell us: What’s your favorite self-tanner and why?

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Lori on

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze tinted self tanner is the best hands down!! It’s tinted so I’ll use it in the morning and have an instant tan by afternoon it will look like I’ve been on vacation!I have never had a problem with streaks using L’Oreal and I’ve been using it for a couple of years. The only draw back is if you don’t keep up with applying it it’ll begin to wash off in the shower leaving you looking like you have a gross skin disease. Washing your hands is a must but I like to mix it with my hand lotion to give my hands some color. You don’t want to walk around looking like you are wearing a pair of white gloves. Make sure you get out from under your nails! If you’re looking for a perfect self tanner try it you will be hooked and skin cancer free!

Shannon M., 28 MS on

I have tried every self tanner from the cheapest to the most expensive and the absolute BEST is FAKE BAKE! You just put it on at night (it has a natural bronze color so you can SEE where you are applying it) and the excess rinses off in your morning shower to reveal a gorgeous, tropical looking tan. I am blonde and pale and this just naturally adjusts to your skin tone. It is a MIRACLE IN A BOTTLE.

Alice on

I love self tanner, but does anyone have any tips on how to apply to your hands so you don’t have sleeves after you wash your hands? I don’t want crazy looking orange hands, its not something you can exactly hide :-)

Linzee Karasik on

I love Aveeno’s Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion for Medium Skin Tones. It leaves your skin moisturized as it gives you a subtle bronzed look. Just make sure to wash your hands after you apply to avoid to brown finger look.

Elda on

i have olive skin but i have to admit i like to use Loreal bronze tanner, it makes my legs look amazing so i don’t have to worry about using panty hose and i get compliments all the time. p.s. jlo is looking old these days, it’s like she has aged 10 years overnite and her forehead is looking nasty these days.

Angie on

I think people who use self-tanners look retarded! How can anyone think fake tans look good? I will do it the old fashion way: natural sunshine for me please; just practice safe skin protection!

Beth on

I, too, like Arbonne’s self tanner. I can put it on in the morning before I go to work (dries in five minutes) and let my tan deepen throughout the day, with no streaks. It is definitely my favorite!

Katie R. on

At home, Coppertone Sunless Tanning Lotion. It is the only one I have ever tried (and I’ve tried lots!) where the color appears in 30 minutes. At the salon, Sun FX is smooth, natural, and even.

Lee on

Aveeno’s version of the tanning lotion is the best. It doesn’t blotch but it tans fast, it doesn’t smell bad at all, in fact, everyone i know think it smells really good, and it’s not irritating.

jwhite on

MYSTIC TAN! Clear spray that does on evenly (make sure to exfoliate prior to going). It lasts for about 4 days and I never look orange. I look like I just spent a day in the sun! Even better, it only takes 24 seconds!

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