At DoubleX.com, one female columnist makes the valid point that while going bare-legged may be liberating, the preparation it can entail -- waxing, exfoliating, cellulite-busting and self-tanning -- is hardly a free-wheeling alternative.
I'm not so sure. You can stretch out any beautifying routine to Kimora Lee-esque proportions, or you can do a rush job. I suggest aiming for somewhere in the middle, like taking a few careful minutes to apply these incredible leg enhancing products.
Rio Blush City Gel Firming Leg Gel. A makeup artist for "Sex and the City: The Movie," Kyra Panchenko spent 45 minutes every day whipping up a crazy concoction of bronzer, cellulite cream and lotion to apply to Kim Cattrall's immaculate bod. Lucky for us, the formula now comes in a tube. Stay tuned for the colorless (yet still glow-y) version. (A personal request by Panchenko's client, Uma Thurman.) $48
Per-fékt Body Perfection Gel. Think of this gel as a tinted moisturizer for your body. It smooths the skin with shea butter, ceramides and hyaluronic filling spheres, while imparting a hint of shimmery color that instantly evens out skin tone. $48
MAC Face and Body Foundation. During Fashion Week, makeup artists live on this stuff. Probably because it's water-resistant, so it can survive the sweaty backstage atmosphere, which is hotter and stickier than any summer I've lived through. $32
ModelCo Bronze Airbrush Sun. If the suspense of waiting for your questionably-applied self-tanner to develop is too much to bear (p.s., I totally relate), then use this sheer bronzing mist. You'll even out your skin tone and look a little leaner, too -- if you're into that sort of thing. $32
If you're lucky enough to have both time and cash to spare, you might want to try out Smooth Shapes, the hot new anti-cellulite treatment that promises smoother, firmer-looking legs. A series of eight treatments is recommended, but some women have felt more body confident after just one. Celebs are all over it, of course.