6 of the best fake tans for your face that won’t turn you orange, or make you break out

Self-tan has come a long way, so look for facial-specific formulations to give your complexion a natural, even glow. From drops to serums, these are the best skincare-tanning hybrids to try. 

Tanning your body is tricky enough, but when it comes to an even, streak-free finish on your face the stakes are much higher. Luckily, there’s loads of face-friendly specific self-tanners guaranteed to give your complexion a natural-looking glow without the side-effects of a bad tan (ahem, turning orange).

Here, we’ve rounded up the best complexion boosters for every skin concern – from ageing to acne.

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Best for dry or sensitive skin

Voted best tanner in the Mecca Beauty Election 2020, these drops are packed with skin-improving ingredients so are perfect for your face. Hemp seed oil helps to balance oil production while giving skin the fatty acids it needs for a plump, hydrated complexion. Jojoba seed and avocado oils contain antioxidants and soothing properties to protect and nourish. Blend one or more drops into your everyday serum or moisturiser and massage into face, neck, chest and ears.

Mecca Cosmetica Sunless Goddess Self-Tanning Drops ($32, at Mecca)

Best for acne-prone skin

This OG water is a cult favourite for a reason. Packed with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water it soaks into skin to gently hydrate and improve dullness. The super lightweight formula means it’s It’s non-comedogenic so won’t block pores, cause inflammation or breakout. Apply like you would a toner, gently pressing into skin a couple of times a week for a natural sunkissed finish.

Eco Tan Face Tan Water ($34.95, at Adore Beauty)


Best for dullness and fine lines

This skincare-tanning hybrid serum is the multitasking hero of your summer dreams. Working with your skin tone, the glow-inducing liquid works to enhance your complexion with a natural bronze suitable to your individual tone. Raspberry seed oil, vitamin E and aloe vera work with the tri-collagen booster complex to help hydrate, smooth and pep up skin for all-over radiance.

Tan-Luxe The Face Anti-Age Self Tanner ($65, at Sephora)

Best for blackhead-prone skin

A water-based weightless serum that promises not to block pores. Made from 93% naturally derived ingredients, including green mandarin water and peach flower extract to protect against pore-blocking pollutants and ageing environmental aggressors. Vitamins C and D and hyaluronic acid help to brighten and hydrate skin, too.

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Face Serum ($34.99, at Priceline)

Best for tan rookies

These customisable colour drops work to transform your serum, oil or moisturiser into a self-tan for your face. Taking the skin-boosting benefits of the products you already own and use and adding a subtle hint of super-glowy bronze to your complexion. The more drops you add, the deeper the colour. These are super easy for first-timers, just apply as you would normally focussing on massaging in to your ears, neck and chest for an even finish.

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster ($40, at Myer)

Best for deeper complexions

For those who want a deeper, more intense dose of glow these Australian-made tanning serum drops will do the trick. Add a few drops to your regular moisturiser before bed and wake up to a rich, radiant face.

Le Tan Uber Glow Facial Tanning Drops ($19.99, at Chemist Warehouse)

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