The inside scoop on 6 bronzed beauties' favorite spray-tanning methods.

By Jené Luciani
February 29, 2012
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We all know tanning is bad for us, but who doesn't love to have that golden glow? You can forget fake-baking under artificial lights. Sugar-based spray tans that work with the body's natural chemistry are the newest way to get a natural-looking tan without the effects of harmful UV rays.

While orange palms used to be an indicator of a faux glow, the self-tanning industry has gotten so advanced that now, the lack of tan lines is the only way you can tell sun-kissed skin isn't actually from the sun. Some stars are even getting "sculpted tans," where the tanner is precisely applied to create the illusion of muscle definition in areas like abs and arms.

There's no doubt; celebs are at the fore-front of the faux tanning revolution. Many have a spray tanner come to their homes, visit a salon that offers the service weekly at upwards of $50 a pop, or use their favorite bronzing products in-home. Paris Hilton reportedly even bought her own airbrush tanning machine and had her assistant trained in how to use it. Here, we profile six bronzed beauties and get the scoop on their favorite spray-tanning methods.

Kim Kardashian: St. Tropez


Kim Kardashian reportedly gets her glow on every time she's in New York, at Cindy Barshop's Completely Bare. The spa uses a salon-quality spray tan by St. Tropez, known for its pleasant smell. But, if you can't get there yourself, try St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.

"This is a must-try celeb secret," says Katie Rosen Kitchens, Editor-in-Chief of FabFitFun. "The super light, airy formula creates an instant long-lasting tan and unlike most tanners, the light fresh fragrance won't leave you smelling like chemicals."

Jessica Alba: Infinity Sun Glow


Celebs like Jessica Alba adore Infinity Sun Glow on the Go. "The all-natural bronzing spray features hydrating botanicals, essential oils, and antioxidants and the eco-friendly aerosol can makes application super easy and even," Kitchens says. "Best of all, you'll look sweetly sun- kissed rather than like an oversized Cheeto."

Anna Paquin: Color Couture


While she's best known for her role as a vampire on True Blood (no tan needed), Anna Paquin has professed her love for spray tans over and over again. "It's amazing how different your body looks with a good spray tan," the actress says. "As anyone facing a job where they're naked would!"

Paquin gets spray-tanned by Hollywood sunless tanning "it girl" Monica Blanco of Colour Couture.

Denise Richards: Spray di Sole


Denise Richards is a fan of this LA-based organic spray tanning company created by "Spray Tanner to the Stars" Svetlana Feller. Feller says her tans are known for being completely streak-free due to its unique brush-on method. Now, anyone outside of LA can have a Spray di Sole tan too, as its products are now available for at-home use. Leann Rimes, Vanessa Hudgens, and Hilary Duff are also fans of the line.

Melissa Gorga: Body Bling by Scott Barnes


NJ Housewife Melissa Gorga is just the latest in a long string of celebs to profess her love for a product called Body Bling by celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes, telling SHAPE it's her favorite way to produce a golden glow.

The bronzing moisturizer with just a hint of shimmer is reportedly also used on the entire cast of Dancing With the Stars before every performance and is what Barnes uses on clients Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, and Madonna. You can get it for $42 at

Paula Abdul: NY Sun Club


Paula Abdul stops by this Manhattan tanning spot whenever she's working in New York. Here, she and other celebs get customized airbrush tans from technicians who specialize in evening out skin tone and texture. Tans here start at $60.

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