Get Great Legs

10 Ways to Get Great Legs

Expert tricks to get ready for miniskirt season.
Spray On a Fast Tan
No time for a full-body tan? Take a cue from Eva Longoria’s makeup artist, Elan Bongiorno, who sprayed the star’s legs with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($10; walgreens.com) for the MTV Europe Music Awards. Add a touch of the NARS Illuminator to highlight toned muscles.
"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Eva Longoria in a black minidress showing her toned legs \\ Photo: Venturelli/WireImage
Erase Stubble

“Depilatory creams dissolve hair below the surface, so skin feels smoother than it does after shaving,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Debra Jaliman. The best part: You don’t have to touch the mess anymore. Veet’s newest formula comes with a handy spatula to wick off the foam, reducing the ick factor.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Veet Suprem' Essence spray-on hair-removal cream \\ Photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio

 

Feel Flushed

You probably know to avoid salt and sugar before a big night out. But what about preservatives and artificial sweeteners? “Those substances make you retain water, which can cause legs to bloat,” says nutritionist Dr. Jeffrey Morrison. Natural diuretics found in green tea, cucumbers, celery, and dandelion greens will “help flush out your system,” he explains.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Slices of cucumbers \\ Photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio

Give ’em the Brush

The year’s hottest skin-care gadget–the oscillating brush–is meant for your face, but it also works wonders on legs. “It polishes the skin and allows moisturizer to penetrate better,” says Jaliman. (We like Olay’s new version.) Another option: Indulge in a weekly scrub.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleaning System, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive exfoliating treatment \\ Photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio

Get to Know Squat

“Yoga and Pilates are amazing for your legs,” says Mandy Ingber, Jennifer Aniston’s trainer. To amp it up, try this: eight deep, slow squats, then eight quicker, “pulsed” ones. Do three sets three times a week for 21 days and you’ll be ready for miniskirt season.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Jennifer Aniston \\ Photo: Jon Kopaloff/WireImage

 

Stay Neutral

If you have thick ankles, steer clear of straps and other busy designs. Instead, opt for a streamlined silhouette in a hue that matches your natural coloring–but don’t grab just any old pair of camel pumps. “You have to choose the right nude for your skin tone,” says shoe designer Edmundo Castillo. If you have dark skin, for example, you may want to try a more caramel or cocoa shade.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Camel pump \\ Photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio

Hike It Up

The knee is a key defining point on the leg, so you want to draw people’s eyes there, says stylist Nicole Chavez. If you’re not comfortable with a hemline quite as high as Rachel Bilson’s (left), don’t worry; a universally flattering skirt length is one that falls just an inch and a half above the top of the kneecap, Chavez says.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Rachel Bilson \\ Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty

Diminish Dimpling

Sorry, there’s no cure-all for that unsightly cellulite. But products with caffeine, which tightens skin by dehydrating fat cells, can reduce the problem temporarily, says Jaliman. (Try Bliss Fat Girl Slim, $29; sephora.com.) Just remember: You have to use it every day for results.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Bliss Fat Girl Slim \\ Photo: Courtesy of Bliss

Shrink Veins

Using tiny needles to minimize pain, sclerotherapy is “the gold standard for treating spider veins,” says N.Y.C. phlebologist Luis Navarro. The cost: about $500 per treatment (three to four needed).

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Examination room \\ Photo: iStockPhoto

Be a Softie

The simplest way to make your legs look better? Moisturize twice a day: In the A.M. while skin is still damp from the shower, and before you go to bed at night. New York dermatologist Fredric Brandt recommends choosing a formula with retinol (such as Vaseline) to build collagen and increase elasticity.

"10 Ways to Get Great Legs" \\ Vaseline Renewal Age-Redefining body lotion \\ Photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 29, 2011. March.

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