I am so naturally pale that when Twilight came out, kids in my class used to ask if I sparkle in the sun (spoiler: I basically do). I love my naturally fair skin and am more than happy to leave it au naturale most of the time, but whenever I want to look like the sun and I have actually met, I’ll reach for a self-tanner to give me a natural-looking, sunkissed glow.
Over the years, I have tried many self-tanners that don’t live up to the hype. When it comes to applying self-tanner, I am absolutely abysmal at making my tan resemble anything other than Colby-Jack cheese. This is even more pronounced when a formula ends up leaning more orange than you were hoping for. After tons of test-driving, I’ve found some of the best self-tanners that actually work for me and don’t make me look orange, streaky, patchy, or too tan.
If you have fair skin like me, you’ll want to opt for a tanner with a hydrating formula, which promotes the longevity of your tan and help lessen your risk of streaks. It’s also generally safer to go for a gradual or customizable formula (though a select few express options work quite well for fair skin, too). Keep reading for the best self-tanners for pale skin.