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Five Foolproof Ways to Fake a Tan

Every year around the start of spring, there comes a day when I look into the mirror and am startled by the vampire-like creature staring back at me. Granted, I'm never exactly tanned (I can thank my Irish heritage for that), but after a long winter devoid of sunlight, my skin begs for some color.

Fake baking is not an option and spray tans can be pricey considering how long they last, so I've amassed a collection of non-orange, streak-resistant self tanners and bronzers that add the life back into my complexion in the form of a natural sun-kissed glow.

Click through below to shop five different types of bronzing products that will get you warm weather-ready.

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Bronzer

At the beginning of the spring when skin is likely at its palest, mix bronzer with blush to achieve a more natural looking glow. 

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Gradual Self Tanner

Gradual options are best for self tanner newbies and those of the fair-skinned variety. The above products are also firming. Bikini body, here you come!

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Tanning Towelettes

These take some practice, but they're perfect for creating an on-the-go tan and can be packed in a carry-on. 
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Instant Self Tanner

Instant tanning products can often result in a streaky orange disaster. This one will turn you perfectly bronze and will appear on skin right away making even application a breeze.

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