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Here’s the Secret to Getting Bronze Glamazon Legs


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Have you ever noticed how the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio always have that sheen to their (ridiculously long and toned) legs?

Yeah, here’s a little secret: That doesn’t just come from the Brazilian sun or a certain camera angle or the joy of being paid millions to literally roll around in a bikini. Well, maybe it does in part, but that’s not the only way to get that glow.

Now that swimsuit season is right here, it might be time to consider picking up a product that’ll give you a similar sheen and that product is a bronze, shimmery lotion. Honestly, a year ago I would have thought this was the silliest thing. I mean, I could just shave my legs as usual and then maybe slather on some LubridermĀ on a really good day. Why would I pay real American dollars for something that would just make my legs look weirdly shiny?

But I’ve come around and here’s why: Greasing your legs up a bit is super flattering. It’s sort of like how the Kardashians went on the whole kick where they all got spray tans because they realized they all looked skinnier with ’em.

Adding a lotion with some bronzing shimmer to your legs is a great way to add color to them, which makes them look leaner. Because, if you recall, dark colors make everything look smaller. The line of sheen you create down the front of your leg draws the light to it, making your legs look longer than ever. Seriously, it’s amazing how well this trick works. And while you may be all “ew, won’t this make my legs look greasy?” consider the alternative: would you rather have those dreaded dry, ashy legs?

If you’re on a budget, this Jergens lotion will totally make magic happen. If you can drop some $$$ though, try this Michael Kors stick – it’s fab and it’ll give you such a pretty, subtle sheen. [Editor’s Note: The Body Shop makes a pretty good Michael Kors dupe that you can find here for slightly cheaper!]

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    I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.