Leg Makeup Review: Sally Hansen, Westmore Beauty, Dermablend
How comfortable are you baring your legs? My guess is that if you’re a woman over 50, your bare-legs-in-public confidence level is below a 5 on a 1-10 scale.
That’s for sure true for me.
Solution? Leg makeup!
It’s a game changer.
Bare legs have been the trend for some years, even for dressy events. Pantyhose? Not a chance. Even for us gals whose youthful, smooth, visible-vein-free legs are behind us.
No matter our age, we enjoy looking up to date when it comes to style. And wearing pantyhose (that could easily disguise aging gams) is a no no for me.
My legs have never been my favorite body part, even in my younger years. These days, the veins that intricately crisscross the length of my legs isn’t a feature I love to show (thank you four pregnancies and genetics).
But, heck. When the options are:
- bare my legs anyway, who cares (I do),
- wear pantyhose (already crossed off the list),
- wear pants and long dresses/skirts always (not my best choice), or
- smooth out what I have with makeup (hmmm),
the choice is clear, for me.
Makeup it is.
Legs Au Naturel
As you can see, although my legs have a summer tan, they’re vein-y and have visible marks from 67 years of living. I’m self-conscious.
Enter my first leg makeup experience: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs leg makeup.
I felt that I’d found the fountain of youth for my legs. Hallelujah! I could bare my legs in dresses and shorts without feeling so self-conscious.
Since that first leg makeup encounter some years ago, the leg makeup category has grown.
I’ve been wanting to do a comparison of several brands for some time, and . . . here we are.
Leg makeup will probably give the best result if your legs are moisturized and exfoliated (use a washcloth, netted shower scrubby, or a dry body brush) for several days before applying makeup.
In the images below, for comparison, the right leg (on your left side as you’re reading) has makeup and the left leg is natural. I’m not sure it’s easy to see all the nuances of the makeup leg, but I included closeups next to each other at the end of the post for better comparison.
Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs makeup is a very budget friendly option for leg makeup ($8-$12 depending on the retailer). Of the three brands I tried, it has the lightest/sheerest coverage. Despite that, it does a good job of smoothing out the most visible “flaws.” It’s easy to apply (simply spray into your hand and spread on legs), doesn’t transfer to clothes, stays put until washed off with soap and a washcloth*. It has a slight scent but isn’t perfume-y, and it’s not bothersome (to me).
There is a slight “glow” to the makeup, which, to me, makes it look a little more natural. It’s not sparkly, just glowy–in a good way.
The Sally Hansen leg makeup is available in two versions: a non-aerosol spray can and a lotion in a tube. I only have experience with the spray. I have noticed that the spray version gets higher reviews on Amazon than the lotion version.
Westmore Beauty Body Coverage Protector
Recently, I’ve moved to using Westmore Beauty Body Coverage Protector (Westmore Beauty has the best price / Amazon also sells it but some shades are priced higher for some reason). It gives more coverage than Sally Hansen and has a really nice finish. It also has a little shimmer to it. It looks very natural on summer legs. I’ve tried it on my arms as well, and I don’t love the shimmer for arms.
It’s easy to apply (simply squeeze the lotion into your hand and spread on legs). Westmore Beauty’s makeup is purported to be waterproof, although I haven’t experimented with this aspect.
One thing I love about the application process for Westmore makeup is their Blend and Blur Body Brush (see photo at the bottom of the post). It’s very puffy and soft and large, fits nicely in the hand, and makes blending the makeup very easy.
Westmore Beauty’s leg makeup doesn’t transfer to clothes, stays put until washed off with soap and a washcloth*. It does have a non-perfume-y scent, but it diminishes after application.
I’m wearing the shade Golden Radiance (six shades available).
Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup
I haven’t yet used Dermablend’s makeup in real time. My experience with it is limited to using it for this review.
Dermablend’s Leg and Body Makeup includes SPF 25, so it plays a cosmetic role as well as provides sun protection.
It has a matte finish–no glimmer or shine like the other two. Coverage is a bit heavier than the other two brands–there’s no sheerness to it. My reaction when I first tried it was that it had the look of wearing nylons, not that it looks like stockings, but rather it’s very camouflaging. If I try hard to discern a scent, I can, but it’s very, very light (not perfume-y). It doesn’t transfer to clothes and stays put until washed off with soap and a washcloth.
Dermablend recommends, for longest wear and ensuring no transferring, that you use their setting powder after application. I think that any loose setting powder would work. I experimented with this one that I already have, and it seemed to work fine.
I’m wearing Medium Golden Glow 40W, (12 shades total), however, it’s a tad lighter than my skin color. Ideally, I would want to probably mix this shade with the next one to customize the right color for my summer skin tone.
Leg Makeup Brands Close-ups
Favorite Leg Makeup?
My vote goes to Westmore Beauty’s Body Coverage Protector. I like the bit of glow on my legs. It has a summery, dewy look–like I’ve just applied lotion.
For arms, I tried mixing Westmore Beauty with Dermablend, and I think it works. It helps to cover some annoying bruises I keep dealing with. (I also tried the blend on my legs, but I’m just not a fan of the Dermablend matte look, even mixed with Westmore Beauty.)
Clothing in this post:
Athleta Voyager Linen Shorts (on sale for $29.99)
- Black Gap Modern Crewneck T-shirt
- Blush Pink Ribbed Knit Tank Top – Amazon
- Banana Republic Factory Ribbed Tank Sweater in Llama Hair Heather
- Banana Republic Factory Shell Tank in Oyster Pearl