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The Best Instant Tanners To Get You Shorts Weather Ready

Section: Skin & Hair
No time for self-tan or nervous of streaks? Arm yourself with one of these brilliant instant face and body bronzers. Blend onto face and exposed limbs to slim, blur imperfections and give yourself a lift. They won’t transfer onto clothes or run, even with splashes and splats at messy play.
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Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan Matte Water Resistant Wash Off, £6.99,

Affordable, blends easily, gives the most believable colour and literally doesn’t budge until you wash it off with soap and water. Choose the matte formula for giving face and body a natural tint, or the shimmer formula for exposed limbs, or evenings.
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Clinique Self Sun Face Bronzing Gel Tint, £17.50,

A great little tube of tint – a little goes a long way – and it disappears into skin without looking heavy or obvious.
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Mac Face and Body Foundation, £27,

A favourite backstage at shows and shoots for its ability to perfect the skin on face or body. But because it’s water-based, the finish is very natural and easy to blend. Great if you’re concerned about disguising visible veins, marks or uneven skintone.
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Sienna X Instant Bronzing Gel, £12.95,

Light, hydrates skin and smells amazing. Gives a subtle glow to skin and can be applied quickly.
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Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, £28,

This liquid mineral tint looks a little bit scary straight from the bottle, but it blends to a really natural finish, or mix with moisturiser or body lotion.
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Chanel Bronze Universel Bronzing Make-up Base, £31,

Like sunshine in a pot, this solid, creamy bronzer blends easily and looks undetectable on skin. Blend with fingers or a sponge onto face or exposed areas of the body.
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Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion, £26,

This luxe formula has the tiniest amount of shimmer – just enough to brighten skin without looking glittery or obvious on skin. We love the pump dispenser for speed and ease, plus it blends on in seconds.
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St Tropez Instant Tan Lotion, £10,

A little of this goes a long way, it’s easy to blend onto skin and doesn’t move until you remove it. Available in light/medium or medium/dark so you can choose how dark you go.
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Vita Liberata, 24ct Instant Wash Off Tan Lotion, £17.50,

Containing organic ingredients, this natural formula has subtle bronzing pearls for a skin-flattering shimmer. Dries really fast and one bottle will last a very long time.
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Wild about beauty Golden Skin Glow, £21,

Dispenses just the right amount of product to give your face a lift and leaves skin looking plump, healthy and glowing. You may even be able to skip foundation too.
  • Author: Lisa Durant Lisa Durant
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