How to maintain a fake tan
"Stay hydrated, moisturise every day - be careful with the moisturisers and body washes you use as these can speed up the breakdown of your tan if they are heavily oil-based," advises Jayde on how to keep that glow you worked so hard for!
How to remove fake tan
Sometimes you need to know when to remove your tan. You can buy tan removers, or otherwise soaking in a bath or shower before scrubbing with an exfoliating mitt will help to remove fake tan.
The best fake tans to try in 2023
Best fake tans for olive skin tones
If you've got olive skin, you're probably an easy sun-tanner, and your veins might show a bit of green or teal. To keep your fake tan from going all orangey, go for one with a violet base. It'll make sure your tan looks more natural and less Oompa Loompa.
Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse Ultra Dark, $39.95, Adore Beauty
For olive-toned beauties, this is a great option to get a natural yet still noticeable tan that won't leave you orange. Thanks to the violet undertones of the mousse, it will bronze and smoothen your skin, leaving you glowing.
Le Tan Uber Dark self-tanning foam violet base, $26.99, Priceline
Created with olive skin in mind, this Uber Dark line from Le Tan comes in a range of base colours, but the violet is the best for those that tan easily under the sun. It's fast-drying and the pigment in the mousse means you can ensure a full blend to avoid streaks.
Best fake tans for pink skin tones
If you've got pink undertones in your skin, a green-based fake tan is your secret weapon. It- will help even out your complexion, tone down redness, and ensure your tan looks au naturel. If you're not sure about your undertones, a handy tip is to take a look at the veins on your wrist – if they seem bluish or purple, that's a good indicator of those cool pink undertones.
Tan-Luxe The Body self-tanner, $32, Sephora
A great option for pink undertones, these drops can be added to your everyday body moisturiser so you can customise your tan to suit your skin. It leaves your skin looking radiant and glowing as it is also packed with hydrating ingredients.
St Tropez Self Tan Classic bronzing mousse, $29.99 (usually $59.99), Priceline
St Tropez is known for their high-quality formulas, but they're a particularly good match for those with pink undertones as most of their products have an olive base to them. Best part? No gross fake tan smell!
Best tans for pale and light skin
For all the fair-skinned folks out there, less sun exposure is the name of the game. However, if you're craving that sun-kissed glow, there's a way to do it safely.
Just a quick head's up, having light skin doesn't necessarily mean you have pink undertones. Your undertones can be warm, cool, or even neutral despite your fair complexion. So, when you're choosing a tanning product, make sure it suits your unique undertones for the best results.
Sunny Honey Bali bronzing foam, $45, Coco & Eve
Made with a green-grey base to reduce orange hues whilst blurring and perfecting your skin, this is a great option for pale skin types. It's lightweight and not sticky, and it smells like mango and guava - yum!
Eco Tan Invisible Tan, $35, Sephora
Great for pale skin that wants a boost of bronze without going too dark, this self-tanning crème provides a golden glow without looking unnatural on your skin.
Best fake tans for dark skin
It may seem counter productive to use fake tan if you already are blessed with brown and black skin, but there are actually plenty of benefits to trying out a fake tan anyway!
Fake tan can help smoothen and even your skin tone, covering blemishes much like body makeup would. But it also helps provide that gorgeous glow, highlighting and enhancing.
Bondi Sands Technocolour Caramel Expres self-tanning foam, $27, ASOS
Tanning experts Bondi Sands recently launched their Technocolour line which includes the Golden Tone hue that is expressly made with deep skin tones in mind. It will provide a rich golden tone to your skin, counteracting dryness and imperfections. It's an express formula meaning it will take only one hour to develop so you can get out the door ASAP.
Tanologist Express Extra Dark drops, $58, Pretty Little Thing
This is a great option for everyday use as you can add some of these drops into your lotions to help even skin tone and promote glow and hydration.
Best fake tans for sensitive skin
Tackling fake tanning with sensitive skin might sound tricky, but it's doable. First thing's first, do a patch test to check for any reactions. Opt for a tanning product designed for sensitive skin with gentle ingredients.
Jayde recommends "carrying out a patch test 24 hours prior to doing application to ensure you don't get any irritation."
"Understanding what you are sensitised to will help with selecting the right products that suit your skin as well."
Make sure to exfoliate gently before application to ensure an even tan. And remember, always moisturise to keep your skin happy and hydrated.
Golden Hour self-tan mousse, $44.95, SONTSE
Natural ingredients that can help counteract irritation and provide hydration are a great tool to fight the sensitivity of the skin. The Golden Hour self-tan is packed full of Aussie ingredients like kakadu plum along with vitamin W, B5 and coconut oil to keep your skin happy.
SONTSE have received certifications to ensure their products are allergy-safe, toxic-free and made safe.
"In addition, we are Australian-made and owned and PETA globally certified which means we are vegan-friendly and don't test our formulations on animals," says Jayde.
Illume tanning water, $39.95, Luna Bronze
In a lightweight tanning water formula, this fake tan will give you a sunkissed glow without the damage. You can use this every day to provide a light to medium colour but the hydrating ingredients won't leave your skin feeling irritated or pores clogged.
Best fake tan for your face
Adding a facial fake tanner not only helps to keep your tan even but it will actually create such a glow on your skin you can almost substitute it out for foundation if you like the natural look.
Fake tanning your face will even skin tones and conceal imperfections in a more lasting way than simply applying makeup.
Isle of Paradise self-tanning face drops, $44, ASOS
Add a couple of drops of this self-tanning formula to add a lit-from-within glow overnight. You can customise the deepness of the tan depending on how many drops you use and it can actually help colour correct thanks to the green base. It also comes in a light or dark shade to suit everyone.
Three Warriors Face Tan Aqua Mist, $32.95, THE ICONIC
Top up your face tan with this easy-to-use facial mist that you can spritz over your skin as the last step in your routine, only to wake up with an effortless bronze.
Best express fake tans
In a rush or have you had last-minute plans sprung on you? No worries! Express tans can provide quick turnaround bronzing so you can feel your most confident whilst you go out.
Bali Body 1 Hour Express tan, $23.69 (usually $33.95), Chemist Warehouse
No need to go tanless, or even sacrifice a good streak-free job just because you're applying at the last minute. In one hour, yes one hour, Bali Body will leave you bronzed, healthy and fresh with their Ultra Dark Express formula.
Loving Tan 2HR Express, $59.95, Adore Beauty
Receive a natural, olive-toned tan in two hours thanks to this bronzing mousse that is even and effective. You can even leave it on longer for further, deeper tan development.
Best gradual fake tan
For a truly natural glow that is on the more subtle side, a gradual tanner is usually applied like your everyday lotion only it will add subtle pigment and colour to the skin.
Just remember to wash your hands after application! Been there, done that...
Glow Gradual tanning moisturiser, $58.95, Luna Bronze
Made from 98 per cent organic, natural ingredients this is a great gentle everyday moisturiser that can also provide that added bronze. Not only will it prep your skin with nourishing oils and ingredients, but for pale to medium skin tones it's the perfect natural colour.
Gradual tanning moisturiser, $34, Lamav
For an ultra-subtle yet more olive-toned gradual moisturiser Lamav is a great option. Not only is it absolutely packed with good-for-you ingredients but it will also help to relax your muscles thanks to the bio-active magnesium! How innovative.