What do you think of bare legs over 40?

Beauty Cred on 13 Jun 2008 at 7:43am

More magazine's July/August issue has an article on how to fix legs "that can't go bare" and they've enlisted the help of powerhouse pro makeup artist Sandy Linter (right), who was recently keynote speaker at the Makeup Show NYC and is also Lancome's makeup pro.

I had a few minutes late last night, so I read the article. The lead-in is: Even the most well-toned legs are going to show some wear and tear after 40. But never fear: Body cosmetics and self-tanners can hide a multitude of sins.

"Sins" include varicose veins, spider veins, sun damage and brown spots. If these are sins, should Victoria Beckham have been caught in a mini looking like this? (lower left)  And she's not even 40 yet!

But here's where it gets almost comical. Here are the suggestions to employ to dare to go bare (not verbatim):

  • Try body makeup (the type professionals use)
  • Minimize contrast with sunny gels or mousses
  • Use opaque concealer to disguise veins
  • Use a gradual self-tanner as a base
  • Make sure arms, legs and face match in color
  • For extra coverage try sheer water-resistant body foundation
  • Add a top coat of ultra-sheer shimmery powder for evening
  • Substitute body moisturizing bronzer for foundation for a beachier look

That's a lot of work on one body part just to get out the door in a pair of shorts!

Then, my favorite part of this article--and I don't take issue with Sandy Linter--her tricks of the trade are sure to get you glam gams--but the accompanying "how-to" photos are priceless. It's obvious that another person is doing the legwork, so to speak. There is no way, no how that I could contort myself into some of the positions required to first ensure detection of the issues and then to cover them up without looking like some clown.

I'm a huge fan of More magazine--have been a reader since day #1, well before hitting the big 4-0. But this was one time when I felt their usual "get real" tone & style had gotten lost.

What do you think?