Are you more of an instant results kind of girl? Yeah, us too. We don't tend to think about our legs until it's too late and then we need a quick fix. That's where Sophie Evans, St. Tropez's Skin Finishing Expert comes in. She's a pro at turning pasty legs into glam, glowing, red carpet-ready stems. "If the skin is glowing and tan it will instantly slim your legs and naturally create a more toned appearance by deepening and pronouncing the natural muscle contours," she says. According to Sophie, the three things every girl needs to perk up her legs are a spray-on leg tint, a wash-off bronzer, and illuminating lotion.
"A layer of self-tanner on the legs should be your staple, can’t-live-without product," she says. "It can hide a multitude of problems, from concealing stretch marks and scars, making the appearance of cellulite look better, and of course, instantly slimming you down by attracting the eye to darker, more pronounced contours." Evans recommends exfoliating to scrub away the dead skin cells, then moisturizing your knees, your whole foot, and the back of your heel with an oil-free lotion. Use an applicator mitt to apply the self-tanner — she says it will make life easier and you will get an even finish. Apply it liberally so the product will glide over skin without the use of pressure. "Lack of product is the biggest mistake people make," says Evans.
If you'd rather not commit to a color, try a temporary tan from a tinted bronzer or leg spray. These products work to give you a faux glow that washes off once the night is through. If you really want to get advanced, try contouring and shaping the legs using a blend of highlighter lotion, self-tanner, and temporary tint. "If you are happy with the depth of tan, apply moisturizer all over to hydrate and lock in color, then mix a little bit of St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow with moisturizer and apply directly to the contours of the leg — underneath the bottom of the cheeks, to the center of the thighs, down the shins, and around the calf muscle to sculpt alternatively. Dot a small amount of [shimmer lotion] down the shin, around the contour of the calf muscle, and at the center of the thigh. Your legs will immediately look smooth, hydrated, longer, leaner, and more toned in an instant. By directing the eye and light to the center of the legs, this instantly gives a slimmer illusion."
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup, $12.79, available at Drugstore.com; St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion, $18, available at St. Tropez; Soap & Glory Glow Lotion, $20, available at Sephora.
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