Summer skin: Insights from the experts

Makeup artists and cosmetics creators share their tricks for getting a flawless sunless tan.

Get the sun-kissed look: With a powder brush, apply bronzer to the parts of the face the sun would hit, including the apples of the cheeks, tip of the nose and ears, neck and above the eyebrows. The Quattro bronzer/blush compact from Pittsburgh-based Charity by Dawn Lilly cosmetics ($32; has four colors that can be mixed or used separately for highlighting. A dollar from every product sold goes to the charity of the consumer's choice.

- Dawn Lilly, president and CEO of Charity by Dawn Lilly cosmetics

In a pinch: Out of bronzer? Make your own by mixing a darker foundation with a body lotion with some shimmer.

- Patty Bell, licensed esthetician, film and TV makeup artist and owner of On Location Makeup in Green Tree

The finishing touch: Give a DIY tan definition and dimension by contouring some spots with another dose of tanner. For example, use a mousse sunless tanner all over and follow up with a spritz of spray tan along the sides of the legs, shoulder tops and upper back. Enrich a tan by applying Body Radiance bronzing cream from Gleam ($15-$40; It helps even out a faux tan or bare skin, moisturizes and doesn't stain. The Emmy Award-winning makeup artist created the product while serving as makeup department head on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Before, celebrities and professional dancers were using body builder tanning products that left them looking orange.

- Melanie Mills, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Gleam cosmetics

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