If you're clinging desperately to your Summer glow as the weather cools, loosen up your grip a little bit. Looking like a beautiful bronzed goddess who just woke up from a nap on the shoreline of Tahiti is an unreasonable demand when our hemlines and sleeves get longer. However, you can still get your glow on as long as you take a subtler approach. After all, sallow, tired skin isn't a good look on anyone. Try these tips to achieve an understated radiance this Fall.
1. Don't overdo it. Unless you have a tropical cruise lined up or (even more enviably) live in a sunny destination all year round, a bottled bronze isn't going to fool anybody. While you might be able to get away with using extradark formulas in the Summer months, stick to light, gradual tanners or a formula that can be mixed into existing products like Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30).
2. Stay hydrated. Creamy, moisturizing formulas are the best choice to avoid patches and streaks on dry, ashy skin. Sparingly apply a subtle skin tone enhancer like Jergens Natural Glow ($11) for a slow boost in bronze.
3. Get sneaky. Long sleeves, tights, and over-the-knee boots mean you're likely not showing that much skin, so why bother stripping down to get glowy? In a pinch, you really only need to bronze exposed areas — your face, neck, décolleté, arms, and hands.