Beauty Counter Intelligence: It’s Glow Time

Tanning on the beach? So last century. Tanning salons? So last decade. Better-than-ever bronzers? So right now

Over-contoured Kardashians may have given bronzers a bad name, but the right application can enhance a summery tan or brighten up pale and sallow skin tones during the transitional winter months. And prevent you from looking totally fake. Try a bit of Michael Kors Hydrating Bronze Gel Crème ($35) to create a sun-kissed look without looking Oompa Loompa-esque. A good alternative to self-tanners, this goof-proof gel is sheer, quick drying, and won’t streak, no matter how un-trained your bronzing skills are. Just take a pea-size dollop of bronzer between your palms and smooth it over your face like you would foundation for muted warmth; it looks especially pretty on darker skin tones. The cream also has hydrating properties from algae and green tea extracts, which prevent the product from settling into fine lines and pores. My skin looked luminous for hours.