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Found: The Best Self Tanners and Bronzers For Faking Glow

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Our new weekly series Get Right for Summer has one aim: to make sure you're completely beautified before the thermostat hits 90.

Photo by Driely S. for Racked

Summer's almost here! Are you ready? So far we've laid out some hairspiration, shared the products we trust to keep our manes in check, and spilled on our favorite mani-pedi polishes. Today we're talking all things sunless tanner: Lotions, sprays, towelettes, bronzers, moisturizing drops (yup), and more. Click through for our tested and approved at-home tanning products for easing into bronzed territory, just in time for summer.

Prefer to faux-glow in a salon? Here are the best spray tan salons for the job in Boston, Chicago, DC, Dallas, Las Vegas, LA, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Lotions, Moisturizers, and Sprays

Jenny Berg, Racked Chicago editor:: I like Clarins' new Golden Glow Booster ($30). You just add a few drops to your regular moisturizer, so it's super easy to apply it evenly. The color is subtle (but, then again, I use two drops instead of the recommended three).

Tiffany Yannetta, Racked New York editor: Brownberry's Clear Sunless Tanning Spray is my favorite: It goes on clear, smells good (inspired by a Bond No. 9 scent!), and the color isn't overpowering. It's a spray, and even though you can't really see it as you apply, I've never had a streak problem, plus you don't get orange hands. Bobbi Brown's Sunless Tanning Gel ($30) is great if you need to get dark fast, but I've had streak issues with it so you just need to be really careful when applying and make sure you exfoliate beforehand—but the color is on point.
For sun maintenance (faux or real), I like Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer ($8) and Kate Somerville Tan Maximizer Tan Enhancing Moisturizer ($48).

Nicola Fumo, Racked market editor: I have had excellent results with Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer ($10). It's a foam, which seemed odd at first, but actually results in absolutely foolproof application. I've never had a streak issue with this product, and while it does leave a scent for some time, it's not a bad one.


Danielle Directo-Meston, Racked Los Angeles associate editor: I'm an olive-skinned lady who's naturally tan, but I do love The Multiple makeup stick in Palm Beach by NARS ($39) for adding a little bronze-y glow to my cheekbones.

Jenny Berg, Racked Chicago editor: I'm partial to the Dallas hybrid blush/contour/bronzer from Benefit ($28). It gives a natural-looking flush, and doesn't look too fake on my light complexion.

Laura Gurfein, Racked New York associate editor: Just a little bit of Jane Cosmetics Bronzing Powder ($10) on a big blush brush is all I need to fake a perfectly placed glow, and it blends really easily.

Ashley Brozic, Racked Miami editor:: For the times in the year where I feel so pale I could blend in with the blood-sucking Cullin clan (and that's almost always in Miami), there's Bobbi Brown's Bronzing Powder ($38). It's a little bit more matte than other bronzers, which I like because you don't always want to sparkle when the sun hits you. I've been using it for the past two years, and have rarely gone a day without it.


Nicola Fumo, Racked market editor: I adore Tantowel's Self Tan Towelettes (10 for $24) because they work quickly and don't smell funny, though they aren't totally streak-proof (you will need a little diligence in application). I bought L'Oreal's Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Towelettes ($11 for six) when my drug store was out of Tantowels and found them comparable, though not as pleasantly-scented.

Tiffany Yannetta, Racked New York editor: Because I've had success with other Kate Sommerville products, I'm planning to try their Tanning Towelettes ($48 for eight) this summer.
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