It's officially the time of year for sundresses, midi skirts, and cutoffs, and with it comes the opportunity to reveal those legs that have been hiding under 40 deniers all winter. If there's one thing that can get in the way of donning the shortest of short-shorts this season, it's potentially feeling self-conscious about our legs. After all, our legs hold us up, propel us forward, and often undergo some minor damage in the process.
Maybe there's a cut or bruise you want to cover, a case of uneven skin tone or the inevitable bug bites that pop up after the obligatory summer camping trip. Luckily there's a very simple solution: leg makeup. Some leg makeups resemble bronzers, while others are applied as a foundation or concealer—it all depends on your areas of concern. Read on for our favourite leg-makeup products that serve to satisfy your every need, whether you're looking for light coverage, a subtle glow, or something more heavy-duty.
If you're a fan of the ethereal sheen MAC's OG Strobe Cream (£25) lends cheekbones, try slathering the new body lotion version down the front of your shins. The gleam it provides is incredible, and it isn't a single bit shimmery.
There aren't enough good things to say about St. Tropez's bronzing lotion, which you can use on any area of your body. If discoloration is one of your concerns, the light gel provides coverage while lending your legs a bronzed sheen. When the day is done, simply wash it off with a little soap and water.
If you're looking to conceal rather than add color, this product may be more your speed. This product provides heavier coverage from what you'd see with a bronzer, making it a good pick for covering stretch marks, veins, and scarring. What's great about the Dermablend line is that it comes in a range of shades to accommodate a variety of skin tones. Although the coverage here is heavier, it never looks caked-on or smudges unexpectedly.
If you're already familiar with leg makeup, you're probably aware of Sally Hansen's cult-favourite Airbrush Legs. The many positive reviews on Amazon alone let the product speak for itself. Users like Alyssa write, "I tried using my face concealer to hide splotches, but it took too long, and it was the wrong color anyway. This was so much quicker. Spray on your hand and rub in like lotion to give even color all over; then lightly mist directly on problem areas and let dry. Virtually no transfer to my shorts, and I relaxed in the pool with it staying on." Particularly with its exceptional price tag, this leg makeup is more than worth a try.
This bronzing mist by Guerlain works for both the face and body, and is ideal if you're looking for subtle color and natural-looking coverage. Think of it as the finishing touch to sun-kissed legs. Super blendable, its spray-on application gives an airbrushed appearance, also making it an apt finishing spray to top off your makeup. For a natural touch of bronze that never looks cakey or orange, this is the product for you.
When it comes to brands we trust for all things coverage, MAC ranks very, very high. Of course it didn't let us down in our hunt for the best leg makeup. This foundation is lightweight and buildable, gliding on seamlessly while providing medium coverage. User Zipfel writes on Nordstrom's site, "I have had a love affair with this foundation for over 11 years now! I have strayed from time to time to try new products and formulas, however I always come back to MAC Face and Body! It is so light and liquid-like that you don't expect it to provide such wonderful yet natural coverage."
Contour legs and add a subtle shine with this highlighter for legs by This Works. The unique roll-on application lets you add a buildable, subtle glow, while ingredients like hyaluronic acid and algae extract tighten and smooth skin.
A self-tanner for the face and body, this bronzing mist lends lightweight coverage with a nozzle application for an airbrushed finish. The bronzing mist contains aloe vera and citric acid to even out skin tone while providing moisture that's particularly suitable for dry skin types. What's especially unique about this product is that while it adds instant color, it continues to develop over a three- to five-hour window, providing a longer lasting tan.
We've raved about Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line before, covering everything from its long-lasting Magic Foundation to its Magic Revolution Lipstick. Now it's time to add this product to the list. It goes on like a lotion, giving an instant illuminating lift to legs that makes them appear decidedly supermodel-esque, while special ingredients like menthol and wild shiitake extract tone and firm skin. ■
Ready to peel off those tights now?