Here’s our complete guide to getting limbs worth showing off.

170710 legs

Hems are rising, jean shorts are getting cut and gowns are showing off their slits. You know what that means: It’s leg season!

While the posterior was the most talked about feature—thanks to Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé—it’s no longer all about that bass. Now, media, movies and pop culture are making us covet shapely legs. Even Beyoncé pushed the trend when she showed off her gams (and more!) in a long sheer Peter Dundas dress at the Grammys. And (for once!) it’s not the lean, supermodel-thin legs; instead, they are statements of strength and power and a throwback to Old Hollywood. But if you’re wondering how to make your legs even more gorgeous, here’s everything you need to know.

Hide & Seek

The Sitch: A tattoo or scar that you temporarily want to hide

The Fix: It’s all about colour-matching for tattoos and texture for scars, says Chelsea Bice, national makeup artist and educator for Dermablend Professional. Test out colour on your tattoo in natural light. For scars, a thick cream with a matte finish is ideal to smooth it out. Apply coverage on clean, dry legs “using long strokes in a downward motion,” says Bice. Finish with setting powder with a brush or sponge, and spritz with a setting spray or thermal water.

Elevate Picks

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Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation ($49, Sephora and; Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15 ($46, Estée Lauder counters and; Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup ($31,

Even Play

The Sitch: Skin pigment issues or summer tan lines gone wrong.

The Fix: Book a spray tan. First, make sure that you’re shaved, waxed or epilated 24 hours before your spray tan, says Sophie Evans, skin-finishing expert and spokesperson for St. Tropez. And exfoliate the skin, says Julie Cummins, Canadian sales manager for Vita Liberata. To make a spray tan last, especially if you have sensitive skin, keep your skin well hydrated, adds Cummins. “Gradual self-tans are perfect for maintaining and boosting your spray tan,” says Evans.

Elevate Picks

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St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Sculpt and Glow ($44,; Sunescape Instant Self-Tan Mousse ($45, Sunescape retailers); Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish ($50, Vita Liberata salons,

Packed Tight

The Sitch: A bit of cellulite or dimpling.

The Fix: This might require a trip to the spa or doctor’s office for some contouring but not the Kardashian kind. TriLipo Technology by Pollogen body contouring visibly tones the legs. It stimulates the muscle to push fat cells to the surface and uses heat to drain the fat through the lymphatic system. The heat also works with collagen to smooth the skin.

Elevate Picks

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Dr. Brandt Cellusculpt Body Shaper & Cellulite Smoothing Cream ($69,; Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert ($68, Clarins counters,; Nurse Jamie Acellerator Ultra Beauty Device for Face & Body ($278,

Walk the Line

The Sitch: Varicose veins.

The Fix: This happens to all of us, but for some women, it’s more visible. Age (usually older than 35), pregnancy, genetics and jobs that require standing, can cause these lines. While creams and lotions have long been marketed to treat varicose veins, the newest treatment is biological glue, such as VenaSeal, says Dr. Sanjoy Kundu, medical director of The Vein Institute of Toronto and Medical Aesthetic Clinic. It’s a painless treatment that injects glue to close off the vein, so that the blood is rerouted to another vein and the varicose vein disappears.

Elevate Picks

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Antistax ($25,drugstores); Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Cream ($59, Clinique counters); LivRelief Varicose Vein Cream ($55, drugstores)

Size Guide

The Sitch: Calves that are just too big.

The Fix: You are not alone. “It’s a growing request,” says Dr. Colin Hong, a plastic surgeon in Toronto. Most of the time, the cause for larger legs is genetics or “acquired” growth, like with dancers or soccer players. To reduce the size of the muscle, the surgeon can cut and remove the muscle or use Botox or radio frequency. But many women learn from their doctors that often the size of their legs is more a self-perceived issue than a physical one, he adds.

Elevate Picks

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Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Shaper ($100,; Say Hello To Sexy Legs Contour Stick, $28 (

Sculpt Those Legs

You get what you pay for, but you maintain what you work for. For slimmer, stronger legs, kinesiologist Paula Sinclair, BSc (@PaulaSinclairFitness) recommends these three lower-body moves.

1. Go for a Run: To lean out legs, long-distance running can help. But for more shapely legs, try sprinting (short distances, fast speeds).

2. Yes, Do Squats: Don't avoid squats, says Sinclair. Just skip the high weights, and use your body weight.

3. Do Lunges, Too: Variety is key. Do lateral lunges, reverse lunges and crossover lunges.