How to achieve sun kissed skin without jetting away this Easter

Best fake tans for a natural-looking glow
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Easter weekend, like every bank holiday, is renowned for being unpredictable when it comes to the weather. While temperatures might have soared last weekend, the next few days are looking distinctly average. For those not jetting off the warmer climates, I suggest you enlist the help of a good self-tan to give you that healthy just-stepped-off-the-plane look. If you're still wary of sunless tanning for fear of a streaky finish or being entrenched with that biscuity scent, it's worth exploring the new formulas available. Whether you prefer mousses or lotions, natural or dark, or instant or gradual, the new self-tans provide a fool-proof, streak-free glow. Here are the ones to invest in... 

Best fake tan for your face

Tan Luxe Illuminating Self Tan Drops, £35 

These tanning drops are nothing short of genius. Add two-to-three drops to your serum or face cream and within two days you'll achieve a natural, sun kissed glow. I use them twice a week to sustain my tan and as a result, can even forgo foundation most days. For those who want a slightly darker finish, either use more drops or opt for the medium-to-tan formula. 

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Best fake tan for your legs

This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38 

For the days went you just want to show off a little bit of leg, this is the tan to have in your bathroom cabinet arsenal. It gives your skin a hint of colour that deepens over time and you can apply it as you would a body lotion. Despite the name you can use it on your arms and the rest of your body too. 

There are so many reasons to invest in this tan. It gives you a natural-looking glow, it can be used from head-to-toe and it doesn't leave your skin with that tell-tale fake tan smell. You can apply it before bed or in the morning and you don't need to use a mitt. Plus, it doesn't cost the earth. 

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Best instant fake tan 

Sienna X Express Tanning Mist, £15.95

For fuss-free, instant tanning look no further than Sienna X's mist. The nozzle is ideal for tanning those hard-to-reach places, such as your back. The colour is a light golden glow, so those who like a darker finish might need two layers. It dries quickly though and doesn't wipe-off onto your clothes.  

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Best dark fake tan

St Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse, £33

If you like to look like you've just come back from a month in Australia, then this mousse has your name written all over it. It's impressively streak-free, which is imperative if you're opting for a darker finish as it's harder to touch-up with your bronzer. For the best results, you do need to use a mitt though.