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There’s always something to be grateful for. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find it. That being the case, why not look for things to feel grateful about? This is, of course, a lead-in to share something I hadn’t given a thought to until I needed it and discovered my friends didn’t know about it either.

I’m talking about Leg Make-up! That’s right, make-up for your legs. And your arms. Or anything else that needs coverage and staying-power without transferring to your clothing, your furniture, or (Heaven forbid) someone else’s furniture. It’s also supposed to stay on in the pool.

After the strokes, I began taking two blood thinners, and I’m not kidding when I tell you that if you look at me too hard, it’ll leave a bruise!

Based on the bruises I wake with, daily, I look like I’ve been out brawling in my dreams.

I think the only way to prevent them would be to wear bubble-wrap or an ice-hockey goalie’s outfit. What’s a gal to do? I do research. A hundred years ago when I was doing make-up professionally, I remember using a product to cover port-wine stains or birthmarks clients didn’t want showing in professional photos. I even covered a model’s tattoo, back when we hid them.

After reading about every product that might fit the bill, I went to a good department store that carried my two finalists, and after talking to the makeup consultants there, I decided on Dermablend.

It was easy to apply, using my fingertips, and had excellent spreading-power and coverage. The setting powder was indeed translucent, and my legs were beautiful once it was done. Even my skeptical sweetie was impressed. I forgot to take a photo of the large bruise on my ankle as a “before photo,” but like my left leg, the spider veins are always there, so you can compare. 


After applying, I wore a skirt all day, and the makeup never smudged, didn’t run when I sweated, and didn’t rub off (transfer) to my black skirt or our leather car seats or fabric chair cushions.

I was even willing to risk having to strip the bed and wash the sheets in the morning to find out if it would smear as I slept. Nope, not even on white sheets!

I couldn’t be more pleased. It provided great coverage, and left my legs looking gorgeous. It comes off with just soap and water in the shower. I’m ready to rock knee-length skirts and dresses for summer again!

XO Donna


  • Juliet June 25, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Thanks, for this. Just in the nick of time too! xo

    • Donna June 25, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Dear Juliet,
      You’re so welcome! (Do try-out the different colors on your legs before buying…)

  • 1010ParkPlace June 25, 2019 at 11:57 am

    That looks like terrific stuff, Donna! Thanks for the reference. xoxox, Brenda

    • Donna June 25, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      You’re very welcome! I love it!

  • Marte Willis June 25, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Your skin tone looks similar to mine. What color or level did you use?

    • Donna June 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Dear Marte – I think the photos came out a bit warmer than in reality. I would highly recommend trying on colors before buying. The clerks (at Macy’s) are only too happy to help!

  • Rena June 25, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I had never heard of this, but something I could definitely use. I now have a 13-inch scar on my leg from a break and surgery and I need to find something that will make that less noticeable.

  • Donna June 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Rena, I’ve no doubt that if anything can, this will do the trick! (Be sure to try out colors before buying)
    I’m sorry about the break and surgery… I hope all is well now.

  • Dawn June 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Not sure what I am looking at in the photos. I thought it was a before photo of both legs and the coverage was going to cover the spider veins on one leg and the tattoo on the other. I see that one leg has less veins, but not sure what results I am looking for.

    • Donna June 26, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Hi Dawn, I didn’t make it clear, did I? My left leg is “au natural.” The right leg with the tattoo (which I worked around very carefully because it’s special to me) had a big green bruise AND all the spider veins… but I forgot to take a “before photo.” I would have worn jeans to hide it, now I needn’t do so since the makeup is so effective.

  • Sheila-Merle Johnson June 26, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for this. I have accepted the spider veins and just bared them to the world, but this inspires me to try make-up. I’m just concerned that my mornings in the hot tub will loosen the makeup and it will then come off on the towels as I dry myself. Any thoughts?

    • Donna June 26, 2019 at 10:50 am

      I think that’s a very strong possibility. I wouldn’t apply it until after my morning soak (lucky woman!) because hot water and bromine/or chlorine might indeed have it rubbing off on the towels! Since it’s supposed to stay on while swimming… maybe the trick would be to “pat” your made-up areas gently? Please let me know how it holds up, if you try it. Thank you!

  • LA CONTESSA June 26, 2019 at 7:24 pm


  • NB July 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Just had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. I have somehow in the last few days developed a few spider veins on my breasts. Do you know if this is common?

  • melmi July 3, 2019 at 10:45 am

    My daughter used Dermablend 40 years ago for a port wine stain on her face. She’s had some treatments to lighten it and now uses just a makeup that provides more coverage. Now I find that I’m using the Dermablend on my ankle and inside knee areas also as you are…for those pesty spider veins. It’s a terrific product. Sometimes I’ll just put it on very lightly and set it with the powder and viola…I feel human again. I am so happy to see/hear others have the same problems; oftentimes I feel that I am the only one!

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