How To Get An Easy, Sun-Kissed Glow For Summer

If you want to cheat your way to a quick summer glow, there are plenty of options available these days. From illuminating drops to instant, wash-off tans, here we round up some of the best.
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Tan-Luxe Super Gloss Illuminating Drops, £35

Best For: No Commitment 

Why We Love It: Possibly one of our favourite launches from Tan-Luxe, these Illuminating Drops have a serum consistency and are full of skin-loving hyaluronic acid and thirst-quenching squalane. Moisture-boosting benefits aside, it’s the temporary bronze tone we love most. Designed to be applied neat to the skin, simply buff the formula into your face or body – with hands or a make-up brush – for an instant, speedy, vacation-like glow. The best bit? The drops are buildable, so you can amp it up and go darker, or use the bare minimum for a healthier, more natural finish. That’s not all – the added SPF 30 protects against UV, but also blue light emitted from your digital devices. Simply wash it off when you’re ready to get rid of the colour. 
 
Available At CultBeauty.co.uk

Summer Fridays Pool Time Glowing Body Oil, £34

Best For: A Subtle Sheen

Why We Love It: This silky oil doesn’t contain colour, but it is brimming with light-reflecting minerals to leave behind a subtle, healthy sheen. Macadamia, jojoba, apricot kernel and sunflower oils combine for serious nourishment, while the soft shimmer gives a streamlined glow that’s never sticky. Great for enhancing and prolonging your natural tan, extra points go to the warm almond and coconut scent, which is reminiscent of an expensive SPF. 
 
Available At CultBeauty.co.uk

Sol De Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil, £35

Best For: A Warm-Toned Highlight

Why We Love It: This sold out within hours of launching on Sol de Janeiro’s site, and it’s still just as popular months on. Designed to give you a ‘sun-drenched’ glow, the subtle wash of colour applies seamlessly and washes off just as easily. Massage it in all over – wherever you want some radiance – making sure to blend it in fully on areas like your ankles and knees. Skin will get a hit of hydration, too, thanks to antioxidant rich acai oil and conditioning coconut oil – and let’s not forget, the brand’s signature, summer scent (think coconut and fig) will linger on your skin for days. 
 
Abvailable At CultBeauty.co.uk

S19 Super Fx Body Make-Up Tan, £18.75

Best For: Hiding Imperfections 

Why We Love It: Hot off the press, this new body make-up counts people like A-list make-up artist, Nikki Wolff, among its fans. Not only does it add healthy colour to the skin, it also creates a flawless finish that smooths and perfects uneven tone. For best results, apply it with a firm, bristle brush, blending it in all over – especially across your arms and chest. Affordable and effective, it comes in an array of shades, too, so everyone can give it a go. 
 
Available At Boots.com

 

NARS Monoi Body Glow, £44 

Best For: Healthy Colour 

Why We Love It: A cult classic, NARS’ Body Oil remains one of the best temporary glow-givers on the market. Full of coconut oil, it’s satisfying and silky to apply, while the golden shimmer keeps skin looking radiant and sun-kissed. Massage it into your skin after your shower or bath and let the nourishing formula lock in hydration and keep inflammation at bay, too – all while enhancing your natural tan. We guarantee you’ll love the warm scent of vanilla, ylang-ylang and white frangipani.
 
Available At NarsCosmetics.co.uk

By Terry Tea to Tan Face & Body, £58

Best For: Budge-Proof Results

Why We Love It: Dubbed as ‘skincare with colour’, this glow-giving liquid bronzer brightens your skin with black and red tea extracts. The colour is subtle but buildable, and once you apply it, you can guarantee it won’t budge until you’re ready to remove it. Mist it on wherever you want some radiance, then leave it five to ten minutes to set. If you want to deepen the colour, simply shake the bottle and let the in-built micro-prisms gradually build a darker tan. The shimmer is subtle, too – only catching the light ever so gently. A great option for anyone wanting a streak-free finish. 
 
Available At CultBeauty.co.uk
 


Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, £29.95

Best For: Speedy Results

Why We Love It: One of the best instant tans on the market, this best-selling formula covers imperfections, minimises blemishes and reflects light for a photo-ready finish. Plus, it’s DHA-free, meaning there’s no giveaway fake tan scent. Still one of the safest and most reliable options to try for a faux glow – especially if you’re a bronzing novice.
 
Available At VitaLiberata.co.uk

 

Beauty Pie Awesome Bronze Luxe Shimmer Oil Body Balm, £50

Best For: Low-Key Shimmer

Why We Love It: One of the most luxurious textures we’ve ever tried, this whipped body butter is rich in oil for optimum hydration. The scent of tropical flowers and vanilla is highly addictive, too, while the gentle hint of colour gives you an even summer glow that’s a quick-fix to better-looking skin. The texture isn’t greasy or sticky either, and you can apply it easily – either with a kabuki brush or your hands. While it’s designed for the body, a little can be swept across your face to bring the look together, too. We imagine this will be a staple in winter, as well, when you want a little something that’s not OTT.  
 
Available At BeautyPie.com

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