Everything I know about legs I learned from controlling my envy towards Holly. As a child my legs were abnormally skinny. To the point that I was called “chicken legs” until about the age of 18. (it only stopped because I left town at age 18. forever.) This brought a lot of teenage anxiety which led to me actually doing exercises to make my calves bigger… but the joke was on me because as we learned in Epic is the Era I don’t know how to workout. Needless to say my calves look about the same as they did back then.
Holly is a completely different story. Holly has the most muscular-amazing-girl-crush legs you could imagine. Always has. Always will. As a close teenage friend and partner in crime I couldn’t just ignore them or my envy to have them as my own. These legs enabled her to do somersaults, back handsprings, and a number of interesting things in the pool while the boys were watching. Only making the envy grow more and more till the point that I realized I have to get these two chicken legs warm weather ready…
Since that moment these tricks have been used to imitate the amazingness of Ms. Holly’s legs.
Get a smooth shave.
First things first – According to Dr. Ellen Gendler, a dermatologist in New York City. “Shaving is a form of exfoliation—doing so before applying self tanner provides a smooth surface for an even application.” I don’t recommend using your boyfriend’s razor for these things… Most women’s hair is much finer than men’s. Therefore a more sensitive razor such as Schick Intuition Razor Sensitive Skin works best.
Exfoliate Your Skin.
My go to every time is Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. It is perfect. Especially if you are planning to use a self tanner. A lot of sea-salt scrubs contain oils that will sit on your skin and create a barrier between you and the self-tanner.
Apply The Perfect Tanner or Tinting Moisturizer.
If you are a self tanning virgin, like with all things virgin, take it slow. I love to use Victoria Secret’s Beach Sexy Instant Tan lotion. It is very simple with no streaking. If you are feeling nervous take a step back to a gradual tanner such as Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin moisturizer. The main thing to remember with self tanner is it leaves you feeling sticky. Dusting yourself with a dime size amount of baby powder to the area works wonders. Just sweep the powder over your body with a fluffy brush. You might look like some white out from the powder, so it’s best to try this trick at bedtime.
Use a Contouring Trick or Two.
Those celebs on the red carpet don’t all have perfectly toned calves. I learned this the hard way. Many years spent trying to get perfectly toned legs like my summer-lovin-boy-attention-hoarder-doing-somersaults bff were a waste. What I really needed to learn was how to contour my legs. To highlight (or – uh – fake) a bit of muscle tone when showing off the gams, dust a pale pink shimmer powder down your shins in a straight line. This will draw eyes vertically and make legs look longer. I also like to bronze the knees a bit. The knees naturally get more sunlight, therefore a bit of bronzer makes things faux realistic.
So the next time you find yourself filled with anxiety over the envy you possess to have the perfect legs, hair, skin, or whatever remember this… All you need is a couple beauty tricks and tips to turn the summer into run-around-sue fun!
And some times you have to call a spade a spade and spend the summer painting a house…
***beauty always comes from within, photos from here , there, and everywhere, xoxo, behind the mirror***