The 5 best temporary tanners

For those who like a glow without the aggro, these gorgeous goof-proof bronzers grant a gleam to sun-starved limbs while camouflaging tell-tale signs of clumsiness (bruises be-gone!). Ideal for unexpected heatwaves when you need to get your stems out sharpish, these temporary tanners will rush to your bare-legged rescue (without the whiff or waiting time).

For those who like their glow ‘au naturel’, look no further than Vita Liberata’s {Body Blur HD}, which boasts skin-loving super-natural ingredients to nourish and bestow a supermodel-worthy lustre. If it’s good enough for Gigi…

If you’re looking to take the ‘edge’ off paler-than-pale pins (although, we LOVE legs of all colours!), a squirt of BECCA’s beautiful {Shimmering Skin Perfector} in ‘Topaz’, mixed with body lotion and applied to naked shins will banish scales and lend a hint of light-reflective shimmer.

For a faultless (healthy!) post-holiday glow top-to-toe, look no further than {Loving Tan}. Their {Deluxe Body Make-up} grants an instant airbrushed finish – blurring visibility of imperfections while granting a believable olive-toned tan. Choose from three shades depending on skin tone (or courage!).

The ultimate enhancer, {The Gloss} by TAN-LUXE is a brilliant bronzing stick with a beguiling high-shine finish. A convenient twist-up stick, this looks amazing swept along your shin bones (it makes your legs look endless), collarbones and exposed shoulders for an eye-catching, golden-toned highlight.

And if you want a ‘kiss’ of colour, BY TERRY’s best-loved {Tea to Tan} is perfect spritzed directly onto face and body. Just make sure you rub it in swiftly for a gorgeous ‘tattoo’ tan. Totally transfer-resistant, this is the ideal ‘two minute’ formula for those last minute minidress emergencies.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…