We all know by now that the sun is damaging and dangerous to our skin, so the only “safe” options for achieving that fresh-from-the-beach glow come in the form of spray tans and self-tanners.
Whether we opt to shell out for spray tans (which can really add up) or try at-home self-tanners nowadays, we’ve all had our fair share of nightmare-ish situations—trying to achieve the perfect golden glow sans the sun and ending up turning a non-flattering shade of orange, resulting in an Oompa Loompa-like situation, which is never cute.
Yeah, it’s in our best interest to avoid turning ourselves into human carrots.
Lucky for you, we tested a range of self-tanning lotions, mousses, overnight masks, and even towelettes to put together a list of superstar products that will bronze you—not “orange” you—so you can dodge any potentially traumatic experiences.
Click through the gallery below to see some of our foolproof favorites.