BEAUTY LAB Fool­proof fa­cial tan­ning that won’t make you look like Don­ald Trump

Could the hum­ble pipette be the key to fool­proof fa­cial tan­ning? Sun-avoider CASSIE POWNEY seeks a sum­mer glow

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Vita Lib­er­ata Self-Tan­ning Anti-Age Serum, £29.95 Af­ter mix­ing three drops of this fresh-smelling serum into my usual mois­turiser, I watched my pasty com­plex­ion warm within the eight hours promised. It took a cou­ple of days to look of­fi­cially ‘tanned’, even when ap­plied di­rectly to the skin, so a good one for first-time tan­ners and paler skin tones. The anti-age­ing ad­di­tions of rose, cu­cum­ber and cell-sup­port­ing pep­tides are not to be sniffed at ei­ther.

Tropic Sun Drops, £22 I was du­bi­ous about the thick, caramel­coloured liquid at first, but ap­pre­ci­ated hav­ing a colour guide when it came to mix­ing it with my mois­turiser. What fol­lowed (10 hours later) was a nat­u­ral golden glow, thanks to a plant ex­tract that mim­ics the colour of the skin’s own melanin. Clever. I ditched my bronzer for the rest of the week. Bal­ance Me Grad­ual Tan­ning Drops, £30 An im­pres­sively high 98.8% nat­u­ral for­mula (if that’s your bag), no colour guide and a no­tice­able-yet-nat­u­ral skin warmth af­ter one or two uses (darker than Vita Lib­er­ata, sub­tler than Tropic). The dry-oil con­sis­tency makes it per­fect for skin on the dry side, as do the skin-lov­ing in­gre­di­ents aloe vera and vi­ta­min E.

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Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil, £34 These be­fore-bed drops con­tain six nour­ish­ing oils, in­clud­ing the much-loved likes of ar­gan, rasp­berry seed and jo­joba. It blends like a pam­per­ing prod­uct (no mois­turiser-mix­ing re­quired), and con­tains cer­ti­fied-or­ganic DHA (that’s the tan­ning agent). I rose from my pil­low look­ing like a sun-kissed god­dess. Le­git skin­care with beauty ben­e­fits.

Marks & Spencer Au­to­graph Self Tan Luxe Oil, £12.50

Full marks for the just-re­turned-from-two-weeks-abroad colour, which is eas­ily main­tained with ev­ery-other-day ap­pli­ca­tion di­rectly onto the skin. But at less than half the price of its con­tender oil, what’s the catch? A no­tice­ably less nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents list, which didn’t go un­no­ticed – I had dried­out skin for the whole week I used it.

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