1. Fake a sunkissed glowA sexy tan instantly makes your pins look even leaner and shapelier. With a wide variety of self-tanning products out there, there's sure to be a formula that is right for you:
- Wash-off self tanners: These create a temporary color that lasts about a day and washes away with soap and water. Apply one layer for a sheer look; add a second for deeper color.
- Tanning mousses and gels: Quick, but doesn't dry instantly, so you can correct mistakes. The tint lets you see any spots you might have missed.
- Daily self-tanning moisturizers: These gradually build a subtle glow with daily use. Foolproof, these are perfect for self-tanning novices.
- Tanning lotions: Produces the deepest caramels and bronzers for that "just back from St. Bart's" look
- Tanning sprays: The fastest way to achieve all-over coverage. Perfection takes practice; try this out a few times before a big event.
2. Pamper with pediGet your feet flip-flop ready with a spa pedicure at the salon. Or try this pampering DIY treat at home:
- Soak your feet in warm water added with sea salt, lemon slices and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Use a pumice stone to slough away calluses on your heels and balls of your feet.
- Use an exfoliating scrub on your feet and calves and rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a towel.
- Finish by applying a moisturizing body lotion to your feet and calves.
Top it off with a layer of polish. Scott Barnes, a makeup artist for such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce, suggests painting your toes in sheer nudes or a brown hue to make your legs look their longest. Favor something splashier? Try eye-catching colors like bubblegum pinks, citrus yellows, watermelon hues or a classic vixen red, says nail stylist Reham Bastawros who prettifies the peds of Renee Zellweger and Miley Cyrus.
3. Choose leg-lengthening shoesFling aside those 4-inch tottering stilettos! To add height without the strain, go for '70s-inspired wedges, says shoe designer Stuart Weitzman. Opt for shoes in nude or tones like blush-beige, khaki, brown or bronze that will trick the eye into thinking your legs and shoes are one lean, unbroken line. Avoid ankle straps -- they'll chop your legs to make your gams look shorter than they are.
4. Tone those musclesWant to rev up the definition of your legs in a flash? Dr. Philip L. Goglia, a Los Angeles nutritionist and trainer whose clients include Kim Delaney, Owen Wilson and Raven-Symone, suggests these three moves:
- Wide-stance squats: Do them like a ballet plie, with toes angled outward, and a stance wider that your shoulders. Do five sets of 20 reps daily.
- Hill- and flat-walking: A simple walking workout for 30 to 60 minutes quickly tones your legs all over. Or, try stair-climbing for the same length of time.
- Walking lunges: Great for your glutes! Just make sure that your knees don't extend beyond your feet as you lunge. Work up to five sets of 20 lunges daily.