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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Laura, Iowa on

I’ve tried nearly everything, but my favorite is L’Oreal Sublime Bronze in Deep. I have olive skin, it gives me a great dark tan but still looks natural. I get a lot of compliments on it. It wears well and doesn’t get splotchy as long as you continue to moisturize. To avoid the sleeves problem on your hands, I wash my hands immediately after applying lotion to my whole body – making sure to get between fingers and under nails. Next I mix a dab of self-tanner with hand creme or regular lotion and rub the mixture on my hands and wrists like I would with regular lotion. Since no one really has tanned hands anyway, it looks more realistic and blends really well, leaving you with the hint of color you’re looking for.

Emese on

Peter Thomas Roth makes the best self tanner. Incredibly natural, has never streaked and just gives me a pretty glow.

megan on

Clinique!! Perfect color– never a streak, and even has SPF 15. Love love love it.

Samantha on

Fake Bake. all the way. you can get it at sephora. it is the most realistic color. be careful though, mosturize knees, hands, elbows, and ankles with regular lotion before you put it on. I have a dark skin tone, but it worked really well on one of my friends with a light skin tone too.

gwen on

Does anyone know what the best product is for the super-pale ladies? I don’t want to be all brozed like J.Lo, but a little color on my ghostly legs would be nice, Ive just found that its hard to even make a subtle change on reeeeally fair skin.

Sabrina on

Sabrina O. 24 Huntington Beach, CA

I love Fake Bake. I stopped by their booth at a beauty convention and fell in love with the products. Besides having great color that you can see as you apply it, they also have a spray that even works upside down! At first the color looks really dark, as a guide, but after hopping out of the shower you have a great glow!

Katie B on

I love Dove’s Simply Glow Moisturizing tanner because it builds a healthy, believable glow without the streaks and blotches.

Katie B, 18
Mequon, WI

BiTeZ on

Thank god im southeast asian…im already tan…Indonesian girl are dying to be white..its so funny..we’re trying to be as white as you..and youre trying to be tan like us. but i love my skin, i never want to be white…tan look healthier..good luck with the tanning guys!

Nicole M on

Jergin’s Natural Glow is great for a pre-prom tan. I’m not a fan of lying in someone else’s sweat at the tanning salon so this is a great alternative. Plus it now comes with a firming lotion, so you get a tanner, moisturizer and firming lotion all in one!

emma on

I live her tan it looks so natural!!!, I also love love my bronzer, it’s awesome!

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