You know all about the ins and outs of choosing the best foundation shade for your skin tone, but have you ever given the same consideration to what shade of fake tan you should be using? 

As a rule, the most natural-looking tan is no more than one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. But we get that you’re often looking for more dramatic results, so you may want to push the bronzed boundaries further. The secret here is to build your tan to your desired shade, then maintain it with a good dose of moisturiser to stop flaking and patchiness, and top up with a gradual tanner as needed.

REMEMBER: In summer, you’re more likely to have a naturally darker base than in winter, so you will need to adjust your tan tone accordingly.

Here are our top tips for choosing the perfect fake tan shade for your skin tone…

Fake tan shade: Light

Best suited for: Fair skin that burns easily

Top tip: Try a gradual tanner where you can monitor the depth of colour as you go, and stop when you’re happy – remember, you can always add more but you can’t take it away once it’s applied (unless you feel like giving yourself a good scrub and starting from scratch again)!

Think: Healthy glow

We recommend: Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk SPF 15

Fake tan shade: Light/medium

Best suited for: Fair to medium skin tones that don’t burn as easily

Top tip: Start off with a light/medium shade and work your way up to a darker tone. Some medium skin tones are better suited to just a subtle tan, while others look great with a deeper glow. When in doubt, start light and build your colour.

Think: Sunkissed radiance

We recommend: Bondi Sands Self-Tan Mist Light/Medium

Fake tan shade: Medium

Best suited for: Olive skin tones and skin types who tan very easily after just a short amount of time in the sun

Top tip: Applying a super dark tan on top of already deep bronze skin can turn your tan murky and patchy. Since you already have a nice golden base, opt for a medium to dark tone that will even out your coverage for a flawless finish.

Think: An even-looking tan

We recommend: Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry-Oil

Fake tan shade: Dark

Best suited for: Medium skin tones and those who turn slightly to very tanned after being out in the sun

Top tip: Basically, a dark tan will enhance your existing colour to give you an even richer glow without the need for stepping out into the sun. You have the luxury of going very dark with your tan, however it’s always best to build you colour over a few applications for the most natural results.

Think: A deep bronze

We recommend: Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Foam