A lotion with DHA is a good bet for beginners since it's easier to spread than a spray. Worried about streaks? Look for a tanner with a temporary tint—that way, you can tell whether you've missed spots. Pros love this St. Tropez version, which develops into a deep bronze. To avoid orange hands, wear plastic gloves while working.
Self Tan bronzing lotion, $40; sephora.com.Read MoreLess