Summer leg camouflage

Summer leg make-up

Summer has suddenly arrived here in London and holidays and summer parties may be on our horizons. Many of us will be wearing our summer skirts and dresses. What to do with our pale winter legs?

Summer leg make-up may be the answer. I recently received an email from one of my readers asking my advice on whether to wear tights or not with open toed sandals. My answers was that it is more modern to invest in a good pedicure and go bare legged. So how do we prepare our legs and in my case camouflage my less than perfect “pins”.


l. Calze spray on tan leg make-up MarksandSpencer // 2. Ameliorate body lotion Feelunique // 3. Body blur instant HD finish Nordstrom  4.St.Tropez Tan body gloss Lookfantastic // 5. Nars laguna body tint

For many years I used fake tan, yes the kind that often went streaky or turned an unflattering shade of orange. Things have moved on since then and modern self tan formulas are much improved. However I personally prefer camouflage leg make-up sometimes referred to as wash-off leg tans. I find that it gives better coverage specially if you are prone to bruising, have discolouration or thread veins. They look more realistic and are perfect for our changeable climate. Tan if the sun is shining and don’t bother on the rainy days.

The wonderful Ameliorate, a niche brand dedicated to the treatment and relief of bumpy, grey and flaky skin, is a good place to start to prime your skin. It uses lactic acid to exfoliate and smooth, and keeps skin moist for several hours.

Vita Liberata’s Body Blur Instant HD Finish  is a bit pricey but brilliant leg make-up. Available in three believable shades, it glides on smoothly to tan legs, disguises thread veins, evens out knocks and grazes, and generally makes legs appear sheathed in 15 denier. Comfortable and luxurious-feeling is Nars’s limited-edition Laguna Body Tint  which features broad spectrum SPF30 (very often, we presume fake tanners protect us from the sun).

St Tropez Instant Tan Body Gloss  imparts only the sheerest tint and a subtle sheen. Great for enhancing a light tan, if you have one.

The sun was shining at the week-end and I wanted to wear my new Hope linen dress. So I went through the procedure of camouflaging my legs using the Calze spray tights. I used gloves to exfoliate, slathered on lots of moisturiser (wait for this to sink into skin) then used the leg make-up. It took two layers and lots of rubbing in and making sure every inch of leg was covered. VERY IMPORTANT leave time for this to settle and dry before putting on clothes. A word of warning whatever the manufacturer says I would be wary of wearing white trousers. I had an incident last year when it was very hot and sticky and humid. I was wearing linen trousers. Everything seemed to melt that day including my leg make-up. The good news is that it does wash out.

Do you have any tips for summer legs? Do share with us.


  1. 5th June 2017 / 12:05

    Thanks for the reminder that there is an alternative to self tanning. We’ve got a special dinner tonight and I may try to run out to get some today. I don’t like the smell of even the best self tanners. -Littleblackdomicile blogger

  2. 5th June 2017 / 15:17

    Do you have Sally Hansen products in UK? I’ve used her “Airbrush Legs” in Medium for several years and just love it. Easy to apply and so far, does not rub off at all until washed with soap and water. They even make a travel size. Inexpensive and a great product!

    • 5th June 2017 / 17:19

      Hi Libby & Cynthia
      I have used the Sally Hansen airbrush for the last couple of years and find it good. However this year I am trying the Calze and am finding it lighter and finer. I think it might have been the Sally Hansen one that melted on me last year.

    • Dawn Tobin
      4th August 2017 / 15:19

      I agree, the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is a great product.

  3. Cynthia J Peterson
    5th June 2017 / 17:15

    I too highly recommend Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.

  4. 5th June 2017 / 22:51

    Thanks for this blog. I really enjoy your stories. I’m only 47 but just went through menopause within the space of 3 months.

  5. Rita
    7th June 2017 / 14:47

    I too, use SH Airbrush Legs, in the light shade. Not ALL stores carry the light shade, so if you find the medium is too dark, keep looking for light, it does exist!

    • 8th June 2017 / 10:18

      I agree the light shade is the best for us pale skinned Brits.

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