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.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan Matte Water Resistant Wash Off, £6.99, boots.com
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.
Clinique Self Sun Face Bronzing Gel Tint, £17.50, clinique.co.uk
A great little tube of tint – a little goes a long way – and it disappears into skin without looking heavy or obvious.
Mac Face and Body Foundation, £27, maccosmetics.co.uk
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.
Sienna X Instant Bronzing Gel, £12.95, sienna-x.co.uk
Light, hydrates skin and smells amazing. Gives a subtle glow to skin and can be applied quickly.
Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, £28, johnlewis.com
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.
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.
Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion, £26, uk.caudalie.com
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.
St Tropez Instant Tan Lotion, £10, st-tropez.com
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.
Vita Liberata, 24ct Instant Wash Off Tan Lotion, £17.50, vitaliberata.com
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.
Wild about beauty Golden Skin Glow, £21, wildaboutbeauty.com
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.