There's no graceful way to put this: Too much sunless tanner can make you look like an Oompa Loompa. "Your face will appear muddy," says N.Y.C. spray-tan specialist Kristyn Pradas. Also keep in mind that "the FDA has received reports of coughing, dizziness, and fainting due to inhaling spray-tan fumes," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson.
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STEP 1: BUILD IT UP
A natural way to look sun-kissed? Use a daily moisturizer like Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer ($9; drugstore.com), which contains enough of the tanning molecule DHA to give you a healthy flush without telltale streaks.
STEP 2: BE STRATEGIC
The highest planes of your face get more sun, which is why a uniform tan looks fake. To create a believable glow, dust bronzer (try Lancôme Cheek and Contour Brush, $40; lancome-usa.com) along your forehead, the bridge of your nose, chin, and cheekbones. An angled brush will give you the most precise application.
STEP 3: DRESS WISELY
N.Y.C. stylist Rachel Wirkus says whites, brights, and neons all make your skin look darker. If you still need a hint of color, a bronzing gel (try Soap & Glory One Night Tanned Gel, $24; sephora.com) yields instant results (and will wash off in the shower).Read MoreLess