We tried the latest self-tanners to find your best bet for a glorious (and safe!) bronze.

It should be no surprise that white wedding dresses look great against a tan. Healthy, sun-kissed skin can also help your teeth look whiter. But what should pale or sun-shy ladies do to get in on this wedding day beauty secret? Luckily for fair-skinned (and skin-smart) brides-to-be, self-tanners take sun damage and an exotic vacation out of the recipe for a fabulous wedding day glow. Its one of those beauty products no bride should go without.

Our fearless beauty editors tried out the newest self-tanners to hit beauty aisles to find the best ones for brides. They tested lotions, sprays, and even towelettes and came back with their five favorite ones to help you look like the best version of yourself and solve the most tricky and common self-tanner concerns.

1. Tan early and often. Start slathering at least one full week before your wedding. A little bit each day allows you to "build" color gradually, which is not only prettier, it also ensures you won't miss any spots. No worrying about any tell-tale streaks on that gorgeous white wedding dress!

2. Stretch to reach those tricky spots—pretend you're in yoga class. Yes, it's weird to lift your arms over your head to make sure you're hitting every last nano-inch of your obliques, but totally worth it when you slip into that bikini.

3. Feel free to skip your face. Unless you've previously had great success with faux-glowing your face, stick to wash-off liquid and powder bronzers.

Now, onto the good stuff. Click through to see how the best new self-tanners address all of your personal glow concerns!

Photo: Kate Powers

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