At last it is warm enough to wear shorts, but before you slip into too-short cutoffs, take a good look at yourself in the mirror. After months of grizzly-like hibernation, your legs will likely require some extra attention. Luckily, even if you don't have time for the full workup — exfoliation, intense moisturizing, and thorough shaving — there are plenty of easy ways to look good in those Daisy Dukes. Get everything you need to fake it till you make it after the jump.
- Shave. If you have no time to get out the door, just shave. Your legs will look softer sans hair, and the razor will exfoliate a little, so the skin won't be as dull.
- Get oily. The quickest save for scaly legs is a shave followed by a generous slather of whatever oil you've got on hand, the thicker the better. Oil reflects light, so your legs appear smoother. Plus, ashy skin magically vanishes (at least for a little while), and even the most sallow legs look a little healthier.
- Glitz it up. Got some fine loose shimmer? This is the time to use it. With a light hand, dust down the front of your shin bones, the sides of your calves, the backs of your legs, and on top of your knee caps. Blend. The shimmer diffuses light, making your skin look more translucent and disguising discoloration. Strategically placed shimmer can also give the optical illusion of longer gams.
- Bronze it. When your legs are approximately the same shade as raw meringue, don't be too proud to pull that bronzer out of the drawer. Pale is beautiful, but we all know that alabaster and jaundiced-looking are two very different things. Bronzer is a friend to deeper skin tones, too, because it highlights and gives a warm glow to grayed-out areas. Plus, if the gym isn't in your regular routine (ahem), bronzer can make your stems seem more defined. Save the StairMaster for tomorrow.