Your wedding needs to be a far cry from fake tan streaks, patchy feet and elbows. Your big day is all about your wedding glow. We’re not talking about your ‘just married’ glow, we’re talking about that sun-kissed, vitamin D glow. So, we’ve bronzed our way through a number of gradual tanners to find you the best fake tans for your wedding.

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The best fake tans for your wedding day

If you’re planning to fake tan for your big day, we’d recommend you plan far in advance. We’d recommend you trial it at least five months before to make sure you have no reactions to close to the big day. This way, you’ll be confident in the product and the application process.

Vita Liberata Organic Gradual Tan

A savvy selection for brides with sensitive skin. This organic formula is infused with essential botanicals to help nourish parched skin whilst building an enviable summer tan. Plus, it smells amazing so we have no problem slapping it on daily.

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Sienna-X Gradual Glowing Self Tan Lotion

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Sienna X will help you build a gradual and even tan gradually ahead of your wedding. It’s enriched with a concoction of moisturising ingredients such as Aloe Vera and almond oil. Plus, the result is so natural you’ll look like you’ve just returned from a mini-moon.

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St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil

St Tropez’s dry oil gives a gorgeous caramel touch to the skin for up to 10 days. It’s easy to apply and leaves the skin feeling smooth and nourished. Plus, when the bottle looks this pretty, who can say no?

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M&S Autograph TAN Instant Tan Velvet Touch Gel for Face & Body

Affordable and totally wedding-budget friendly. A great option for those brides who feel the need to a top-up their tan on the big day. The transfer-resistant formula washes off with soap and water and gives a lovely natural glow. Think weekend at Wimbledon rather than Bahama baked.

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Tan tip

Have you been enjoying the summer sun a little too carelessly? Rocking some questionable strap marks or burn marks as a result? Queue the instant tan to disguise those white patches. However, beware of colour trasnfer. 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body

For bespoke bronzing, this concentrated self-tanner is designed to be combined with your usual moisturiser. The result is a gradual and flawless tan. Nonetheless, we recommend you trial it long in advance of your wedding to find what works for you. We recommend between four and six drops depending on the colour you want to achieve.

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Tan tip

Don’t go near the fake tan until you’ve exfoliated. Pay extra attention to your elbows and feet- we all know they are the problem areas. 


Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face

Pump life back into your lacklustre complexion over the space of a few days with this face tanner. This Elemis tanner packs a punch that extends past your sun-kissed glow. Plus, it’s formulated with anti-ageing antioxidants and natural radiance-boosters. We’re sold on this bottled sunshine.

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No.7 Naturally Sun Kissed Gradual Body Tan

The perfect partner for fair skinned brides who crave a sun-kissed glow over the TOWIE tones. This daily moisturiser slowly builds into a light tan whilst keeping your skin feeling hydrated.

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Tan tip

Apply your fake tan around two days before your big day to avoid colour transfer.

Finally, you are only so good as your tools when it comes to tanning so splurge on the right mitt. We love the Sienna X tanning mitt as it is robust, spongy and incredibly soft. best fake tabs


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