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Glow drops tutorial for a perfect face tan

Pestle & Mortar customers love the idea of a makeup free glow but worry that tanning drops might harm their skin. We created Glow Drops so that you can confidently choose a natural look over layers of makeup.

Alcohol-free and enriched with hyaluronic acid, Glow Drops give you a sun-kissed glow without drying your skin. Perfect for days when you want to go makeup free or create a natural no-makeup makeup look. In this post, we show you exactly how to use Glow Drops to get the glow you deserve!


Glow Drops are customisable face-tanning drops that leave skin with a dewy tan, as light or as intense as you prefer. Always in favour of a less-is-more approach to beauty, Pestle & Mortar co-founder Sonia Deasy believes that the recent era of heavy foundations and complicated makeup routines is making way for a simpler and faster approach to being ‘ready for the day’:

In a nutshell, here’s what you get with Glow Drops:

– Effortless, even tanning.
– Customisable colour as light or dark as you prefer.
– Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration.
– Simple to use: add to your regular moisturiser or night oil.
– A dewy finish with no greasy residue.


We all know someone who loves to flaunt a Summer glow all-year-round. Enter the Glowing Duo, the ultimate duo for natural sun-kissed skin.

Containing Hydrate Lightweight Moisturiser and Glow Drops Customisable Self-Tanning Drops, this kit delivers skin that is hydrated and glowing every day. Pestle & Mortar Glow Drops are alcohol-free and enriched with hyaluronic acid, which means you get an even tan without drying the skin. Your glow getter will love you for this kit.

Mix 1-8 drops with your moisturiser or night oil and apply evenly to the face. Wash hands thoroughly after application.

1 – 2 drops = natural radiance
2 – 4 drops = sun-kissed glow
4 – 8 drops = golden glow

Yes, it really is that simple!

You can use Glow Drops whenever it suits you but we recommend using them at night so that you wake up with a sun-kissed natural glow.

Glow Drops work alongside your regular skincare products. Simply drop, mix, apply, and glow. The drops will develop into a streak-free, natural tan within hours of application. Because they are enriched with hyaluronic acid, you end up with a sun-kissed glow and soft, hydrated skin.

Any tanning product works best on clean, hydrated, properly prepped skin. We’re hoping that you have a consistent Pestle & Mortar routine going on, but we’re not judging you if you don’t!

Here are our top tips to get the best results with Glow Drops:
– Cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate so you start with a smooth and refined skin surface.
– Don’t apply Glow Drops around the eye area if you struggle with dark circles.
– Don’t use too much to start. The goal is to find your preferred natural look gradually.
– Use Glow Drops under makeup to hide imperfections and get a glowing start.
– Use Glow Drops on makeup free days to look naturally sun-kissed and fresh.

You’ll get more detailed face tanning do’s and don’ts in this post. And if you’re struggling with a face tan fail, read this to learn how to fix it!

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Glowing Duo



Glow Drops

Customisable tanning - 30ml



Lightweight Moisturiser - 50ml


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