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Between uneven streaks and stained bedsheets, we completely understand why you might have sworn off self-tanning for good. Luckily, there’s been a flurry of innovation that makes the whole DIY bronzing experience so much better. Here are the seven products we’re relying on to achieve an even glow (and then maintain those results, long after summer is over).

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COOLA Suncare Sunless Tan
Nordstrom

Coola Suncare Sunless Tan 2-in-1 Mitt

Self-tanning 101: Always (always!) exfoliate beforehand. This nifty mitt has a textured side for buffing dry patches and a soft side for a smooth application that won’t leave you with orange fingers.

Buy it ($7)

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion
Sephora

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion

Gone are the days of stinky self-tanner. This super lightweight lotion has a crisp watermelon scent and a silky texture that spreads effortlessly, making it the ultimate choice for beginners.

Buy it ($25)

Vita Liberata Phenomenal Organic Tan Infused Cloths
Nordstrom

Vita Liberata Phenomenal Organic Tan Infused Cloths

Wondering how you’ll maintain your tan over a weeklong vacation? Toss these travel-friendly wipes into your carry-on. Swipe one on your face, neck, décolletage and arms; use the other on your legs and stomach. Vita Liberata promises up to 10 days of a faux (but never fake-looking) glow.

Buy it ($25)

loreal paris sublime bronze self tanning water mousse
Amazon

L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse

One of the biggest knocks on self-tanner? It somehow gets everywhere—which is why we love this clear mousse (that smells only faintly of coconuts). The airy formula instantly dissipates as you rub it in, so you can get dressed without worrying about stains. 

Buy it ($12)

modelco self tanner back lotion applicator
Amazon

ModelCo Self Tanner Back Lotion Applicator

Anyone who has ever applied their own tan knows: It is damn near impossible to reach certain areas (like between your shoulder blades). That said, we are tremendously grateful to whoever created this genius contraption. You have saved our backs, literally. 

Buy it ($15)

Supergoop  Healthy Glow Sunless Tan SPF 40
Nordstrom

Supergoop! Healthy Glow Sunless Tan SPF 40

Who doesn’t love a good multi-tasker? This sunscreen and self-tanning mist delivers on both fronts. With a boost of broad-spectrum protection, this formula gives you a subtle bronze that’s buildable with each subsequent spray.

Buy it ($38)

tan luxe glyco water
Nordstrom

Tan-Luxe Glyco Water

Think of this as a magic eraser for tanning flubs. Formulated with glycolic acid, it gently removes unwanted color without scrubbing your skin raw. 

Buy it ($33)

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