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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

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Donna O’Klock spent 35 years in the beauty business, talking, teaching, and learning. These days, she’d “rather write than talk. It’s better that way because I can edit.” She writes two blogs, and, and is the author of  Sick and Tired & Sexy: Living Beautifully with Chronic Illness.

Austin, Texas, has been her home since 1978, but she and her fiancé have downsized and are traveling the country in their RV.

15 thoughts on “A GREAT LEG MAKEUP”

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

    • 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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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?

    • 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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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