The best bronzer and self-tanner picks of 2015

By: Julia McEwen

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The best bronzer and self-tanner picks of 2015

By: Julia McEwen
It’s 2015, so by now, we all know that lying in the sun and subjecting our skin to damaging UV rays to acquire a gorgeous glow is absolutely out of the question! However, almost everyone—ourselves included—still wants the look of a sun-kissed complexion. Instead of lounging in the sun, go faux with the best bronzing and self-tanning products of theseason. We share how to score the most natural sunless tan with the year’s premier bronzer and self-tanner buys.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower
Shower and glow
When it comes to achieving an immaculate faux glow, the Rolls-Royce of tanning brands is St. Tropez. The innovative company is launching a groundbreaking product that’s a real solution for two of the biggest sunless-tanning woes: difficulty of application and how time-consuming the process is. With the introduction of Gradual Tan In Shower, used while you’re showering, you’re promised a streak-free glow in three minutes—can we get an amen! Water is typically themortal enemy of self-tanners, however this in-shower formula is activated by wet skin lathers and glides on easily, with no help from sulphates, phthalates and parabens. The tan will develop gradually, and the colour deepens with regular applications.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower, $31,

Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals bronzer and self-tanner 

Glowing recommendation
Luxury tanning brand Vita Liberata has taken bronzer to the next level with the launch of its revolutionary self-tanning bronzing beauty aid. The real innovation is found in the patented Trystal minerals, which activate DHA (dihydroxyacetone, the bronzing agent in self-tanners) from a crystalline form when it comes in contact with skin. Which means you get an instant bronzing effect with the benefits of a faux tan, lasting up to five days with a single application.
Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals with Kabuki brush, $67,

BareMinerals bronzer palette 

Bespoke bronzer
If you’re wary about bronzer because you have a difficult time finding a shade that plays nice with yourcomplexion, this bronzing trio from BareMinerals may be the product for you. The three shades can be blended to create a healthy-looking sun-kissed glow. They can also be used together if you’re keen on dipping into the contouring trend.
BareMinerals California Bronze Multi Effect Bronzing Trio, $29 USD,

Giorgio Armani liquid summer bronzer

Liquid summer
If powders aren't your jam, it might be time to try a liquid bronzer. This Giorgio Armani version is a light fluid that’s free of dreaded mica—a.k.a. sparkles. The waterless formula with sunscreen is sheer, buildable and easy to blend into skin with your fingertips—it almost melts into skin.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15, $64,

Josie Maran self tanner tanning oil

Gilt trip
We loved the first iteration of Josie Maran’s self-tanner, so it’s no wonder we’re swooning for the supermodel’s latest version, a quick-absorbing body oil infused with 100-percent-pure argan oil. Application is a breeze with the handy help of a plush mitt, included with the oil, ensuring a streak-free finish every time. 
Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil, $46,

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