It may be winter, but that won't stop many of us from ringing in the New Year in a super-short skirt! But looking fabulous in that mini requires more than a pair of sky-high heels. Your limbs have been covered and neglected since summer ended, and now it's time for a last-minute makeover. Well, here's a leg up! Read our simple guide to achieving glam gams instantly—no gym time required!
Buff away bumps by using a scrub containing glycolic acid. "The chemical exfoliant will slough off dead skin cells," explains founder of SpotCheck and celebrity dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka. Or try a DIY scrub containing oil and sugar, which is gentle and moisturizing for sensitive skin types. Massage the blend into cellulite-prone areas, to help loosen up lumps and spur circulation.
Remove stubble by slathering limbs with a thick shaving cream and shave in long, upward strokes (starting at ankles and heading to knees). End up with razor bumps? "Use straight razors instead of electric ones because electric razors can twist and distort the natural morphology of a follicle," says Dr. Buka. "Products like 1% hydrocortisone can help combat some of the inflammation."
Camouflage stretch marks, cellulite, and spider veins by applying a hint of tint. "Bronzer evens out skin tone, hides redness and flaws, and gives you a more toned look," says celebrity makeup artist Stephanie Flor (who bronzed the limbs of Victoria's Secret Angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, and Candice Swanepoel at the brand’s 2011 Fashion Show). "Apply the color by working your way up each leg going in circular motions. Have a towel nearby in case it gets messy. You’ve got to blend, blend, blend to prevent streaks!" she says. Speed up the drying process to make sure the bronzer sets correctly and doesn't stain your outfit. "After you've done both legs, grab a blowdryer and go back and forth over them on a medium setting. Make sure you do this 30 minutes before getting dressed." The finishing touch? Dab some shimmer along the mid-bone of your leg," says Stephanie. The sheen reflects light creating more definition so legs look leaner.