Vogue’s Guide to Getting Great-Looking Legs

by Ning Chao, VogueBenefit Bathina balm, $28; benefitcosmetics.com Photo: Courtesy of Benefit Benefit Bathina balm, $28; benefitcosmetics.com Photo: Courtesy of Benefit

After a winter hibernating under woolly tights, are your legs ready for spring's urban shorts? Lucky for you, there are zillions of new products tailor-made to repair splotchy sun damage, mask prominent veins, and add a flattering sheen or healthy touch of color-not to mention calf-and-thigh-centric fitness regimes sure to tighten and tone. Here, Vogue's guide to putting your best foot forward.

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SKIN-TONE IMPROVERS

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer
A supercharged cream with high concentrations of the antioxidant idebenone to repair existing sun damage and help prevent future spots.

Jouer Luminizing Body Glow
This sheer gold highlighter provides a subtle dose of shimmer.

Benefit Bathina
A rose-gold balm that distracts the eye from discolorations like purple veins on pale skin.

Tarte Glam Gams
A bronzing stick for strategic shimmer application. Add a subtle highlight on shins to catch light to makes legs appear longer and leaner.

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ALL-AROUND SMOOTHERS

Gillette Venus Olay razor
The smartest razor we've seen: Five blades plus Olay moisture-infused bars hydrate skin as you shave and help minimize irritation.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body with Active Vitamin D
An all-in-one exfoliating and anti-aging self-tanner wipe that also minimizes hair growth.

A HINT OF COLOR
Jergens Natural Glow & Protect SPF 20
The best of both worlds: a gradual color-building daily moisturizer with SPF.

Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
Makeup artists swear by a spritz on the legs for more heavy-duty coverage that still feels lightweight.

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Leg Gel
The gold standard in self-tanners works in just 30 minutes.

DANCE-INSPIRED TUNE-UPS

The Bar Method
With locations all over the U.S., classes-which include light weights, resistance bands, and its share of pliés-focus on low-impact, high-repetition movements borrowed from dance. barmethod.com

Ballet Beautiful
Ballet-inspired exercises designed to sculpt sleek dancer muscles. Take a live class online (private lessons at the New York studio in SoHo are also available) or stream the fifteen-minute Tendu Workout video from your computer, smartphone, or tablet to focus on inner thighs and the backs of legs. balletbeautiful.com

Physique 57
An isometric workout that uses your own body weight to build strength without bulk. For those who don't live near a studio (in New York or Beverly Hills), check out the 30-minute "Thighs and Seat Booster Workout" DVD. physique57.com/workout-dvds.html

Pop Physique
The ballet-meets-Pilates training, created by former professional dancer Jennifer Williams, seems to be taking over Los Angeles. Started in L.A.'s Silver Lake, Pop Physique now has ten locations across Southern California and a new San Francisco studio. popphysique.com

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