With summer approaching, a question prompted by Kathy’s fashion show audience has reminded me of one of the big concerns that you may have during the summer months if you are not very confident about your legs because of varicose veins, broken capillaries, bruising, discolouration etc.
In hot weather it is almost impossible to wear tights and as much as the maxi dress and palazzo trousers are a must-own, sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress or an outfit for a wedding like everyone else.
Firstly, self-tan covers a multitude of sins but often on a leg that does have vascular damage this can be a good base if you have time to do it. If so, you will almost definitely need the dark option of whatever brand you choose and probably two applications to get the desired level of colour.
To increase the coverage also use some of the following options; body make-ups: some of which will work instantly on their own. Judith Williams has a body make-up spray (not the self-tan) which, if you spray repeated very fine applications on your legs and wait for them to dry in between, they give the illusion of a 20 to 30 denier stocking and make your legs look like a mannequin’s.
Laura Geller does a brilliant body make-up in her baked collection called ‘Baked Body Frostings’ which, when used wet with the sponge, you can literally paint on a perfect skin finish over the top of any imperfections.
The ‘Tahitian Bronze’ gives the best tan colour while there are other shades which have more shimmer such as Honey Glow, which can be used as highlighters but don’t give as much cover.
Doll10 Cosmetics have an instant body make-up called ‘Golden Pearl Bronzing Powder’ – look out for this on QVC later this year. This comes with an application mix and can be painted dry all over the body. All of these are surprisingly non-transferable – so once applied and allowed to set for five minutes, they do not come off until you use soap and water, or for example, a shower gel. Obviously they may mark bed linen if you go to bed in them but certainly they will give you the confidence on your legs to go out for the evening, go to a wedding or to the races etc.
How do I know all this? As a teenager, a horse fell on my legs and I was trapped underneath it on concrete. This has resulted in a lot of damage to my lower legs with varicose veins etc. so believe you me, I have tested all of these products and use them on holiday, in hot weather, on special occasions etc. and they certainly work!