A good tan is a necessity in the summer months. Admittedly, I’m not great about maintaining a tan on my face: I’ve been wearing sunblock on my face pretty much every day for the last 10 years! But of course in the warmer months sun-kissed skin is a must-have. And while minimal sun exposure isn’t bad (in fact, it’s actually good for you) the amount you need to achieve a solid tan definitely is.

So here’s the deal: I’m naturally a light/medium olive. I don’t burn, so I don’t wear sunblock on my body unless I’m somewhere close to the equator. I wear sunblock on my face and my neck, so they tend to be lighter than the rest of my body. So I’m pretty much always looking for a good sunless tanning product that’s going to give me good color that’s even and not too intense since it’s going on my face. Lucky for me while I was at BeautyCon NYC, I went over to the Tarte booth and they showed me a new product for tanning and one that I hadn’t discovered until that day, and both quickly became my favorite tanning products!

The first was the Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum. Now, I’m a huge fan of the Maracuja Oil; it’s an excellent product for skin and I’ve been using it for some time now. They’ve harnessed the elements of maracuja (maRa-koo-jhá, it means passionfruit in Portuguese) into a serum that gradually tans your face. I started using this immediately and saw a hint of color come to my face and neck in just a few days. It’s ideal for people who are very light and want just a touch of color, or for those of us who use a tanning product regularly and want to maintain it. Which brings me to the next product! They gave me a goodie bag and in it were a bunch of packets of the Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes. I was excited to try it because I’d tried the Brazilliance body tanning cream and it’s awesome, so I hoped these towelettes were just as good. And they were… Not just as good, but better! With one towelette I hit my face, neck, décolleté, and once the towelette started to dry out I sort of blended out over my shoulders and into my arms for an even application. In just a few hours I saw the most perfect color develop, and the next morning when I woke up it looked as though I’d been in Tahiti for weeks! The color is just enough to give me a deep tan without looking fake, and so I use these two in conjunction to maintain a golden, gorgeous glowing tan! 

Here are a few shots of my newly tan face:

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Teni Panosian

I'm Teni Panosian, a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Los Angeles.

There are 10 comments

  • Connie says:

    I saw this at Sephora today and was very impressed!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

  • Miss N says:

    Have to try it out!
    Your are so pretty

  • isida says:

    oooh great recommendation! I’m the same colouring as you so this is a great shout!

  • Julia says:

    Teni, do you if its ok to use these products at night and then apply something like effaclar duo? Thank you so much!! Xo

  • Hayden says:

    This stuff is incredible! My skin is so fair, and I burn so easily, but the toilettes give me such a a natural glow!!

  • Kayla says:

    Love it! – What lip color do you have on in the last pic? Thx!

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  • Iris says:

    Hi there!
    I’m half Armo and half Georgian – my skin is fair but thankfully I tan rather than burn

    I used to be a total tanning bed slave in my 20s but recently I’ve been taking better care of my skin (thankfully I have those good Armo skin genes haha)

    I went to sephora and bought tarte brazilliance – and I have to say it is AMAZING! No streaks – even tone and totally natural looking!

    I just have to not go over board and apply every day otherwise I’ll start to look savage haha

    Amazing product and if it wasn’t for your review I’d have never found this! Thank you

    Sorry that was long winded!

    – iris

  • laura Nikolic says:

    Would you like to do a video on how to aply these products or any other sunless tanning products? xx

  • Viki says:

    What lip color do you have on in the second picture ? 🙂

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