I very rarely write about makeup (and this is the first time I have ever written about leg makeup). It’s like opening Pandora’s Box, and quite frankly, I only started wearing enough makeup to warrant a conversation like sometime yesterday. Having worked in the beauty industry for nearly two decades, I have two truths to share with you: darker skin shows more definition and it is much better at hiding imperfections than lighter skin. Also, a slight sheen on arms and legs (hello, coconut oil) not only makes skin look hydrated and nourished, it also catches light in a very flattering way. Imagine Naomi Campbell’s legs strutting down the runway — exactly.
Even if you are a bare-faced babe 99% of the time, we all know that sometimes, makeup is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you are getting dressed up for a special event or you have been wearing jeans to work nonstop because your office is freezing, chances are you know what lackluster legs look like. And what is better than legs with a healthy glow? Somehow it just makes everything better. Admittedly, I’m not really a fan of self-tanner. It requires a lot of commitment and prep for one evening of leg baring.
Luckily, there is something called body makeup. I know what you’re thinking — for about two years, I rolled my eyes at the mere mention of it. Perhaps if it was called “lazy girl’s extremely easy-to-use leg perfecting tinted moisturizer” we would have all been on board ages ago. To celebrate having recently rediscovered that I like my legs (six years in cold, wet London is enough to make you forget you like a lot of things), I decided to give it a shot.
Here’s what I discovered:
— Unless you have an incredibly patient and adventurous other half, I wouldn’t recommend using it anywhere except areas of your body that you easily have full access (yes to legs, no to the back).
— Choose a hue that is very close to your current skin tone (remember what I said about not wanting to rub it all over your entire body?).
— Start light and build coverage.
— It’s great for date night, paired with a long-sleeved mini-dress and closed-toed booties (makeup on the feet is one step too far for this lazy girl).
— Use an exfoliating glove every time you shower, and moisturize Every. Single. Day. Drink lots of water and take Omega 3s. Everything looks better on hydrated skin.
— Whatever you do, do NOT use an oil-based moisturizer and leg makeup together. This is a recipe for disaster.
— Best worn with dark colors because, you know, better safe than sorry.
— Shake the bottle before each use, the formula tends to separate.
— Follow application instructions to the letter. Do not think you know better.
So, what does it actually look like on the skin? It looks like makeup. As in it is very different from self-tanner. It has more color and depth. I originally thought I would be able to use it to even out tan lines, but that is not the case. It is a full coverage-type deal. It is extrememly good at masking imperfections and giving legs that have lost their summer glow a little extra oomph. Would I wear it to work or with a wedding dress? Definitely not. Is it something to add to the arsenal of pick-me-ups? Sure is.
Have you ever tried body makeup? Tell us what you thought in the comments below!