Even after a (well-screened) day in the sun, faces don't always glow as evenly as we would like. Enter the bronzer, a fake, non-bake way to sprinkle some sunshine across the nose.

MAC senior makeup artist Judy Irizarry says there are two secrets to bronzing:

* The applicator. "Use a large, soft natural-bristle brush. This allows a minimal and even amount of product to coat the skin, which makes it look natural."

* The color. "Ensure that your bronzer is not too dark for your skin. Otherwise it may look too orange. For example, the fairer you are, go for the lighter shades of the bronzers."

You can also use bronze shades on eyes, lips and nails. But don't go overboard. Remember, you want to look sun-kissed -- not slapped.

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

Clockwise from top: Sue Devitt Liquid Gold Coast Bronzing Glow, $36 at Sephora stores and beauty.com. Stila sun gel and bronzing powder, $24 each at stilacosmetics.com and Stila makeup counters. Breathless Shimmering Body Bronzer, $12 at local Victoria's Secret Beauty stores. Physician's Formula Baked Bronzer, $11.95 at physiciansformula.com or 800-227-0333. j.a.n.e. cosmetics oil-free bronzing powder, $3.99 at drugstores. MAC Skinshimmer ($20), Tint and Tan ($16) and bronzing powder ($18) at MAC, 3067 M St. NW and 800-387-6707. Bourjois Pastel Teint ($17) and multi-shimmer eye powders ($16 each) at Sephora.Vincent Longo Sole Mio Duo Bronzer, $35 at local Sephora and Nordstrom stores.