We girls never learn. When it comes for preparing for a special event, it seems we put endless effort into planning the perfect outfit, shoes and hair while putting off “little things” — like getting a spray tan — to the very last minute. And then the day of reckoning is upon you and, of course, you’ve got everything figured out … except that you look like you look a bit like a character from “Twilight.” We’ve been there plenty of times so we understand the importance of having a sun-kissed complexion in a hurry, especially since we are in the throes of wedding and swimsuit season. We want to help, so we’ve compiled a list of our top five bronzers that will have you glowing in seconds (seriously, we’ve timed it!).

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Powder Player. For quick application, try a two-in-one bronzer like the Lancôme Star Bronzer All Over Magic Bronzing Brush, which automatically releases powder onto the brush with a simple press of a button.

Miracle Potion. Fool everyone into thinking you just spent a week in St. Tropez with a liquid bronzer like Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer, which blends perfectly and weightlessly into your skin.

Fake Baked. Like your favorite chocolate chip cookies, Urban Decay Baked Bronzer is baked to perfection. Featuring a bronze swirl of shimmering color, this super-fine powder gives skin a natural, radiant finish.

On-the-Go Glow. With our back-to-back meetings, lunch dates, gym sessions and hair and nail appointments, we know that our busy days can really wear on our makeup. Keep a little sunshine in your pocket with a handbag-friendly bronzer like Maybelline Master Glaze in Warm Nude. Just a couple dabs of this cream-based color on the cheeks and forehead and your beach babe complexion will be instantly revived!

Matte-Magician. If you’re a girl that likes a little color sans the shimmer and glimmer, have no fear. Matte bronzers like YSL Beauty Terre Saharienne Powder deliver dimension and warmth that are flawless.

Which of these bronzers will you be trying? Tell us your fave in the comments below.