According to our Irresistible You survey, 23% of readers said their least favorite body part is their legs. For Alexis Wolfer, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheBeautyBean.com, this stat is disheartening.
"It makes me sad in general to hear that the majority of women don't like anything about themselves, but I think that legs are such an easy part to take care of," she says. "There are lots of really quick, easy DIY tips and tricks that can make a lot of difference without much effort."
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Here, Wolfer shares her best tips for sexin' up your stems so you can feel proud and confident when you step out of the house. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 weeks, there's at least one beauty fix below that you can use to feel better about your gams. "I Love My..." 12 Stars Reveal Their Favorite Body Parts
Instant Fix: Body Bronzer
It may sound odd, but Wolfer's first go-to for better legs is applying bronzer – yes, the same kind you use on your face. She suggests investing in a body or face bronzer, like Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting ($40, laurageller.com). "Pick one in a little darker shade than you would use for your face and apply with a bronzer brush to your legs," Wolfer says. "It's temporary, quick, easy and it's going to wear well. The shimmer will help to conceal cellulite, veins and you'll look less pasty."
"Plus, with a little bit of makeup artistry talent, you can contour your legs the same way you would contour your cheekbones," she adds. "Just put a little bit of a darker line down the sides of your thighs where your hamstring and quad meet, and the same down your calf. " Voila! Instantly toned stems.
Instant Fix: Nude High Heels
Take a cue from Jennifer Lopez and invest in a spectacular pair (or two!) of nude high heels that you can wear anywhere. Wolfer says that heels "are great because they elongate your legs." The same goes for nude shoes, but picking the right color is key. "When I say nude I mean they match your individual skin tone, they're not just beige, ivory or brown."
After slipping on your heels, make sure your dress or skirt is flattering as well. "Your hemline should hit the skinniest part of your leg," says Alexis. "If the thinnest part of your thigh is two inches above your knee, you should get your clothes hemmed to there – this area is going to draw the most attention."
Short-Term Fix: Self-Tanner
If you have a day or two before you need to show off your legs, you should consider delving into the world of self-tanning (hey, if Mark Wahlberg does it, you know it's going to look good!). Whether you opt for a spray tan in a salon or an at-home application, remember to exfoliate beforehand for the best results. "One of my favorite exfoliants is mixing sugar with some water or your regular body wash and scrubbing in the shower," Wolfer says. "Exfoliate first, shave (for someone who typically waxes, I'd recommend shaving also), and then apply self-tanner using gloves so that your palms don't get orange."
For dry areas that tend to absorb more self-tanner than desired (like your knees and ankles), Wolfer suggests mixing in body lotion to "dilute the color and give you a more even look." If that doesn't work and your tan develops darker in some areas, "Cut a lemon in half and rub it on the problem areas to help break up the color."
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