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All Systems Glow: Self-Tanning Tips

Goof-proof products? Check. Expert application tips? Check. You're officially cleared to self-tan. No streaks, no hassles!

By Dori Katz

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Tom Corbett/Shot on location in Playa Del Carmen at CondoHotelsPlayaDelCarmen.com
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Step 4: Accentuate

For the final touch, Joanna Schlip, Physicians Formula makeup artist, suggests using a powder bronzer for your face, because it's easier to blend. Choose one that's two shades darker than your skin tone, with some shimmer—not glitter.

"Bronzer should mimic the way the sun naturally hits the face," Schlip says. Start at the forehead, and draw the number "3," sweeping across the cheekbone, then circling down to the jaw line. Repeat on the opposite side, continuing down to the décolletage.

Liquid luminizers are a great way to highlight any area you want to emphasize. Try some underneath brows, atop cheekbones and along collarbones. Complement your coloring with the perfect pearlescent shade: olive complexions look best with beige tones; pinky/peach accentuates fair skin.

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