Here we are approaching Memorial Day weekend and we're still cursed with dreary cold weather, pasty skin, and dreams of phantom BBQs. It's time to take matters into our own hands and, in this case, that means we have to fake it. For a sun-kissed glow that will last you through the weekend and will — let's be honest — look lovely in all the Memorial Day weekend albums bound to pop up on Facebook, get a flawless spray tan sure to fool even the most critical sun-worshiper's eye. No matter what your city coordinates are, these faux-glow spots should do the trick.
- Brazil Bronze Glow Bar (580 Broadway, Ste. 501, 212-431-0077) Give Brazil Bronze's technicians 30 minutes tops to perform what we like to call "tanning magic" with its scentless, original airbrush-tan formula. Choose from its cocktail bar menu of shades — healthy glow, light, medium, dark, or extra dark — and let the glow take hold.
- Future Tan Salon and Spa (53 Greenwich Ave., 212-675-9009; 526 Seventh Ave., 212-869-4700) This West Village spa boasts a more traditional Mystic tanning booth setup, but with a Zen twist. Although you'll still get your color after holing up in one of the automated spray booths, Future Tan provides lemon-scented towelettes, bottled water, tea lights, and vanilla diffusers for a calming effect.
- Gotham Glow (1123 Broadway, Ste. 1111, 212-592-0368) Owner Tamar Vezirian is making house calls. She'll bring the tanning to you, which makes the whole "how to dress for a spray tan" dilemma nonexistent. Even better? Vezirian will give you that just-vacationed look within 15 minutes.
- City Sun Tanning (50 E. 13th St., 212-353-9700) Primarily known for its fleet of high-tech tanning booths, City Sun also offers a sunless spray session in its AutoBronzer UV-free, open-air tan machine. This machine is the only one of its kind in NYC and gets the job within one minute. You're left with streak-less, natural-looking bronzed skin.
- La Viva Glam Mobile Tan (646-895-2407) Wherever you need to get your tan on, owner Vanessa Vellucci will be there. Be a part of her mobile tan tour and experience her South Seas tanning solution firsthand. It will give you a natural, instant tan in under 15 minutes and will last up to 10 days.