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Tips for a flawless DIY tan 

Perfekt Body Perfection Gel

$48.95 for a 3-ounce container at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, 504-835-0225; 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; www.earth-saversonline.com)

ABOUT: This water-resistant, silicone-heavy gel comes out of the tube looking like chocolate mousse and imparts a bronzed, airbrushed quality to skin. It is a bronzing gel, not a self tanner that reacts with skin to change its color, so results are temporary.

PROS: Skin immediately takes on a smooth, sun-kissed glow. The lotion feels pleasant going on and is dry to the touch once applied. It's also gratifying to watch yourself immediately turn tan, and if you don't like the color, the gel washes off. The results are streak-free and surprisingly natural.

CONS: This tan only lasts until your next shower.

TIPS: Build several layers for a deeper tan, or wear it over self-tanned skin to cover streaks. Don't moisturize prior to use, and don't dilute it with water, since the formula is water-free.

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