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Treat Your Legs Like Your Face

Have you ever thought to put makeup on your legs? We hadn’t. Lotions, creams, sunscreens, shaving cream…sure. But makeup? On second thought, given that foundation is meant to do any number of non-cosmetic wonders to your face in less than a minute—even skin tone, increase luminosity, create the general appearance of good health—it’s not that big of a stretch to think, What if things could be looking better south of the border? Beyond hair removal. In a world (our world) where the phrase “I’m so low-maintenance” is often uttered but is rarely true, why not incorporate your legs into the getting-ready process? Put another way: If you're planning to highlight your legs on, say, a night out, how about actually highlighting them with makeup?

We posed this question to our intrepid foundation reporter/wannabe redhead, Molly Young, equipping her with three bottles of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs—a “lightweight leg makeup” that has a fiercely loyal, if niche, following in the States. “Bare legs are nice. Airbrush Legs are irresistible,” Sally Hansen says. As Molly set about exploring its irresistibility for an upcoming ITG story—“This product is actually pretty awesome,” she wrote from the field—we tried it two ways: 1) On a 98-degree day with a faulty air conditioner; and 2) With our friend Zoe for this video.

The consensus:

-Four shades and versatile coverage (mixing it with a bit of your moisturizer of choice is one way to go—you can build) means that you get a lightweight, glowy, Gisele-on-a-regular-day leg up, or, with a bit more product, a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show-ready pair of gams.

-Despite having no clue how to apply so-called body makeup, this stuff is exceedingly simple to use: spray into palms, rub your hands together, and get in there.

-Our number one question: will it come off? When will it come off? The happy answer: once it dries, it does not move until you take a shower.

As for that irresistibility factor: a bit of makeup on the legs, in turns out, actually does make them look “airbrushed,” in a good way—red spots, veins, and other 'inconsistencies' disappear—a way in which people wouldn’t necessarily know why or how. Which is, of course, the mark of success for any cosmetic seeking to imperceptibly improve one’s appearance.

The facialist Isabelle Bellis once told us, “Treat your skin like a piece of silk.” Following that train of thought, might we suggest treating your legs like you would your face—at least when short hemlines and cameras are involved. And stay tuned for Molly’s in-depth report.

Part 1 of a 2 part series sponsored by Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. Buy a can (or tube) here

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  • bluesky557

    That stuff is the bomb. It's not for everyday use (for me, anyway) but when I do use it I always feel like a million bucks. They have a lotion version as well that's good for use on arms and chest--I use it to even out weird tan lines. And you're right about the spray version not budging. That stuff will NOT come off until you shower and scrub it off. It's a really great product.

  • B

    The red dress. Details, please.

    • Claudia

      I need to know too! I've been look for a dress exactly like this all summer!

    • ITGMackenzie

      Hi B and Claudia,

      It's T by Alexander Wang, and it's currently on sale! http://rstyle.me/~GHQv



  • Chantel

    This product sounds interesting,

  • Caroline Evertz

    Oooooh this may be great for brides. I know you claim it doesn't rub off... but white will pick up anything. Any thoughts?

    I recently moved to CA and being outdoors all the time has left me with totally weird tan lines (bikini top tan + racerback shirts tan + shorts tan + sandals tan). I wanted to find a way to even it out for my wedding in Sept. but I like my skin tone and didn't necessarily want to make it darker.

    • Zoe

      Hi Caroline,

      I wore a white dress all night after using it, and it didn't leave any marks. As long as you wait a couple of minutes to make sure it's completely dry, you shouldn't have any problems. It really gives you a nice even glow, so I think it would definitely help you out with your tan lines. Also, it will come off very easily in the shower when you're ready to take it off!


  • Lana

    The video is AWESOME. What a babe! What nail polish color is she wearing?

  • Danielle Nordahl

    Hmmm, I may have to give this a try. Probably more of a special occasion thing, since I can't imagine doing this every time I flash some leg.



  • sbomb

    whats the music in this video? its so fabulous. I want to wake up to that music everyday and then, you know...go on to skip and prance and make my legs beautiful.

  • jcro86

    It looks like it is amazing and I want to try it, but I'm wondering if it rubs off on sheets?

    • betsy

      It does not rub off on sheets--even white.

  • Talktomyshoes

    This is fantastic, I'd love to try it! My only concerns are: does it streak? I know this isn't a self tanner but avoiding disaster is a good thing. And, can it be used when layering with other products? With moisturizer after a shower, &c.

    • Zoe

      Hi Talktomyshoes,

      Yes, you can absolutely use it with a moisturizer. In fact, that's one of the ways we recommend using it! The color may not be as strong with moisturizer, but moisturizer will definitely help you avoid any streaks.


      • Talktomyshoes

        Thanks Zoe! I picked some up this afternoon at Target and am stoked to try it out tonight.

  • Esther MK

    The only thing is her legs are already perfect looking BEFORE product application...

    • Lana


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    I'm posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:


  • Andrew

    For anybody that's wondering, the song in this video is "The Sucker" by Boner Wolf and can be found at http://www.bonerwolf.bandcamp.com

  • Behind the Mirror

    I haven't tried the airbrush legs from Sally Hansen but I have been contouring my legs for years to give some muscle definition... Great tips on how to contour with a little powder here - http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/2013/04/25/the-untold-story-of-legs/ Going to try the Sally Hansen!!!

  • unvanquished

    Any advice about color selection? That is my number 1 concern. I often walk past this at the drugstore but I've always assumed it would run if I sweat or smudge on clothes so it is great to know that it will not. This was definitely a good product to review :)


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