Best sunless tanners for summer glow

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A beauty expert shared her favorite brands and tricks to prevent ending up with streaky or splotchy skin. (KTRK)

When the weather warms up and the summer clothes come out, many people look for the quickest way to bronze their skin.

Self-tanners have come a long way, but there is still plenty of room for error. A beauty expert shared her favorite brands and tricks to prevent ending up with streaky or splotchy skin.

"Tanning salons and airbrush tanning sessions can go up to $60 to $80, and a lot of these packages can really cost you an arm and a leg," style and trend expert Brittney Levine said.

Many of her favorite bronzing products are under $50 and will last up to two weeks.

First on her list is drugstore favorite Jergen's Natural Glow.

"It's super inexpensive, only $8.49, and it's very specific to your skin tone. They have a fair to medium, and a medium to dark option," Levine said.

Her tip when choosing a shade is to select the current color of your skin, not the color you'd like your skin to be.

At just under $11, L'Oreal's Sublime Bronze Serum. Levine says if you use it for three consecutive days, your tan can last up to two weeks. She even has a tip in case you're feeling streaky.

"If you're seeing streaks after your self-tanning application process, I would suggest taking half a lemon on those certain areas after the self-tanner dries to just blend it all in together," Levine said.

If you're looking for a temporary bronze glow that washes off at the end of the day, Levine suggests Caudalie's Divine Leg lotion. It is 93 percent natural too.

"It contains some really interesting ingredients like chicory extract," Levine said.

Levine calls Laura Geller's Baked Body Frosting one of the most unique products on the market. It's a pearly bronze powder that also washes off.

"What you do is simply pat it all over your skin," Levine said.

There are some tips before applying any sunless tanner.

"You want to make sure that your body is completely dry before applying self-tanner, and I always recommend exfoliating beforehand," Levine said.


For more self-tanner options that did and did not pass Consumer Reports' testing, click here.
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