As this summer's temperatures steadily rise, so do the hemlines on shorts.
And while a recent midsummer night's stroll had us gasping at the sheer amount of pantslessness that surrounded us, and contemplating the fine line between shorts and skivvies, it also had us blessing our lucky stars for the beauty experts that could arm us with information to help ourselves, and our readers, prep for these shortest of short situations.
Whether you're self-conscious about having extremely pale legs, want to conceal spider veins, dark spots, and cellulite, choose the right hair removal treatment, or find a nail polish that will elongate your legs, our spot-on expert advice will help you get a leg up on looking fabulous in shorts.
There are not too many things in the world that rub us the wrong way more than ingrown hairs. With our legs in desperate need of a little TLC, waxing guru Paz Stark recommends dry exfoliating the day after getting waxed to maintain smooth skin.
"I'm obsessed with waxing, so that's why I opened up the waxing studio. I got the best wax and the best aestheticians, but what I learned shortly after opening was key and didn't require money," she says.
Using a loofah or the Stark Exfoliating Mitt -- which is made out of natural agave fiber and does not have a back that will trap bacteria -- rough polish your legs in circular motions to remove the top layer of skin so that your hair doesn't get trapped.
"If you do it once a day before getting into the shower you will really see the results. And if you're already experiencing bumps and ingrown hairs, start doing it!"
Be sure to follow up exfoliating with a hydrating post-treatment like Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Body Serum which instantly softens and smooths skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and gradually creates a firmer appearance.
Golden, bronze skin is what everyone is in search of. But with all the health risks linked to lying out in the sun (not to mention the tanning tax), women are reaching for bottles of bronzer that do double-duty like Scott Barnes Body Bling and Jemma Kidd Show Stopper.
If you have fair skin, use Body Bling in Platinum for more of a gradual glow. And if you have medium to dark skin, go straight for the Original. But if you want to amp up your "tan," Barnes suggests mixing his bronzers to accentuate your skin tone as your complexion changes throughout the summer months.
"Let's take the complication out of it all," he says. "Just slap it on and go!"
Baring skin in warm weather can be tricky, but fashion-favorite makeup artist Romero Jennings believes that anyone can feel confident if they know the right tricks. While he's used to prettying up models and stars that are practically flawless, cellulite, veins, bruises, discoloration, and stretch marks are universal concerns he tackles with his brushes.
For an illuminating glow that reduces the appearance of your "flaws," you'd want to recreate Jennings' "Royal Celebrity Red Carpet Leg."
With skin that's moisturized, conceal with Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and warm up the leg with matte Bronzing Powder. Add a bronzer with metallic properties for a touch of shimmer -- highlighting the shin and knee areas of the leg. And for maximum shine, use Mineralize Skinfinish.
And while you're flaunting your hot legs, don't forget about your toes!
If you want to add a few inches to your height, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann suggests painting on a neutral nail polish that matches your skin tone like Fashion or No More Drama. "In the same way that nude shoes elongate your legs, a nude nail color can have the same effect."
Maintain your pedicure from the sun's rays by using a topcoat with a UV inhibitor that will prevent polish from turning colors. Lippmann also recommends protecting your cuticle's by smoothing on moisturizer to keep feet hydrated and stop nail breakage. And be sure to address toes marked with corns or discoloration by gently brushing on a concealer like PrettyToes Fade-n-Cover.
Brush up on these tricks of the trade to help you rock your locks all summer long!