leg-makeup red carpet

Body and leg makeup is a staple in every makeup artist’s kit, including mine. Ten to twenty years ago women would rely on pantyhose to create the illusion of tanned legs but, not anymore. Although spray tans and self tanners are always an option, Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs® is a cult favorite and affectionately referred to as “pantyhose in a can”. Unlike gradual, self tanning products, Sally Hansen’s leg makeup instantly hides bruises, freckles, veins and other imperfections while creating the illusion of beautifully tanned skin.


Several years ago I discovered Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs® leg makeup while working at an industry trade show.  If you have ever been part of a booth set up team, you know how laborious it can be.  To date, I have not been able to carry out this task without earning a bruise or two in the process.  Since then, Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs® has been my go-to product to cover bruises because it is quick and easy to use and works on most areas of the body.


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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs® leg makeup is available in two formulas: the original spray version and a lotion version, my personal favorite.  Both formulas are lightweight and you can layer until you have reached the coverage you desire.  I find that the lotion formula is more pigmented and I can typically get the depth I need in one or two applications.  The airbrush formula seems to take more product and application time.  Also, I have Deep Glow in the spray and medium in the lotion so I don’t find the colors to be the same for each product.




Dispense into hand then massage onto skin.

leg makeup before

Right leg before, Left leg after. Notice how it smoothed out the range of depth in the knee area

Both formulas are water-resistant and transfer proof as long as you allow the product to dry completely.  I usually wait about 10 -15 minutes before dressing and have never had an issue with the product getting on my clothes. In fact, I took the image below on Friday after using Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs® leg makeup on the legs only.  Despite the fact that it was close to 90 degrees and extremely humid, I had zero transfer of the product.


I had plans to play tennis early Saturday morning followed by paddle boarding with my husband in the afternoon.  Not only did Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs® leg makeup hold up without transferring onto my socks during my match, it stayed on until I showered later that night.


Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs® spray is available in five natural looking shades that match most skin tones:

  • Fairest Glow
  • Light Glow
  • Medium Glow
  • Tan Glow and
  • Deep Glow


Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs® lotion is available in 4 natural looking shades:

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Tan and
  • Deep


Be sure to exfoliate prior to use for smooth, even coverage.

Sending peace, love & happiness to all!



Kelly Kirby Worley
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