First, work on the tan – it’s much better to have brown legs than a brown face, and always wear a minimum of SPF15 on your body (SPF30 on your face). As you get older it’s harder to tan your legs so give them a little help with a good fake tan or daily body bronzer. Don’t forget to de-fuzz and exfoliate first; this will also help smooth your legs and give them that silky matt finish.
Cover any blemishes, broken veins or bruises – where they appear from I do not know – but they can be quite noticeable, so don’t ruin the effect. The best product I’ve found is Estee Lauder’s Maximum Cover Camouflage for Face and Body – £24.50 for a large tube. It’s a liquid crème that covers really well and it’s waterproof. If you have any post-surgery scars or acne scarring on your face, this is just what you need. If your legs are naturally tanned, you’ll probably want their medium/deep colour, and I brush some Clinique Bronzer over the top to really blend it in.
If you have any really deep scars or tattoos that you want to cover up, then make-up artist Hayley Gittins recommends Dermacolor. You’ll need the cream, fixing powder and spray and it’ll cost from about £25, available from Charles Fox in Covent Garden. Sara Hollamby is a business image consultant at WorkingVoices.com. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.