How To Make Any Legs Look Way Longer

My top 5 tips for tricking people into thinking I'm taller than I actually am, because I'm sneaky like that.
Publish date:
August 2, 2013
shaving, shimmer, body lotions, highlighters, contouring, bronzers, legs, shoes, Gilette

At 5’4", I’m on my way to becoming the smallest person in my family. This should not be. I’m the second oldest of eight kids, and except for the ten-year-old and the eight-year-old, they are all my height or taller. I’m sure the youngest two will catch up soon enough. My boyfriend, at 6’2", isn’t helping matters either.

I rely solely on my legs to make me seem less tiny. My logic is that if I can just make my legs look longer, I’ll appear taller than I really am. In the winter, my legs go into hiding for a few months and I feel particularly stumpy in my wool pants. Happily, right now it’s the middle of summer: the perfect time for me to share my secrets for elongated legs.


I hop in the shower and use my Venus & Olay Sugarberry Razor, which I scored for free (woohoo!). I don't need to exfoliate beforehand, and I don’t use any other body lotion or shaving cream, because I don’t need to with this razor. The cartridge (which is really easy to switch out when you need a fresh one) has five razor blades to get super-close, and two Olay moisturizing bars that glide along your legs as you go.

These bars lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness*--a total godsend for me because I have the driest skin ever. They also give your legs an amazing Sugarberry scent, whatever that is. It makes me want to just lie around sniffing my legs like a weirdo. I also found myself demanding that other people sniff my legs, which didn’t go well.

In the past, I’ve found that razors with moisture bars tend to be very slippery on my skin, but it’s not really a problem with this one thanks to the Softgrip handle. It also comes with an in-shower hanger so you can let it air-dry between uses, but I stuck mine on the mirror in my bedroom so that my four sisters won’t see it in the shower and use it. IT’S ALL MINE, SUCKAS.


Once I’m all smooth and shaved, it’s time to get out of the shower and apply lotion. If you too have really dry legs like I do and want some extra moisture, I recommend using Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer. I’m using the Cocoa Radiant right now, which makes my legs super-shiny. Just try not to slip on the floor after spraying it on.

If you’re on a budget, coconut oil and baby oil are both great for this as well. I don’t know why, but shiny legs just look longer.

A bit of color helps, too. I have legs that are so pale they reflect sunlight. I’ve started using Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer in the hopes of giving my legs a bit more color without resorting to actual tanning. I like it because it’s so gradual and easy to apply, so you’re not likely to end up with orange streaks all over your legs.


Another trick to making your legs look longer is contouring. I would never have the patience to do this every day, but for when I really want my legs to be on a Victoria’s Secret model level, this helps.

It’s pretty simple: you take bronzer that’s one or two shades darker than your natural color and sweep it up and down the sides of your legs with a big poofy brush.

The darker shade helps the sides of your legs recede, which makes them seem longer and slimmer, and it can also help to create depth so you seem more toned than you really are. I used Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil and my e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush. I love that brush, by the way; it’s pretty, affordable, and so soft.

The next step, after bronzer, is highlighting. You need a combination of light and dark to sculpt your legs.

I took my Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Sparkling Sands (which is for your face, but breaking rules is fun!) and simply applied it to the center of my legs, starting at my feet and working all the way up my thighs. Then I just blended it in with my fingers. I also like to dab some on my calves to accentuate them.


Now your legs should be smooth, moisturized, shiny, and contoured. You could stop there and look super hot. But I want my legs to look insanely, painfully hot, and I’m sure you do too, so we’re going to add one more thing: GLITTERRRRRR!

I realize that, in my excitement, I probably just gave you a mental image of me maniacally dumping craft glitter all over my legs. Don’t worry, it’s more subtle than that.

I have a bunch of lotions that I rub all over my legs when I want them to have a sexy shimmer, but my favorite is Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion with Royal Jelly, which smells great and has actual royal jelly in it. It's subtle enough that you won’t look like a Twilight vampire in photos, but it will definitely give your legs a nice sparkle in person.


My last tip for baby deer legs is to be mindful of your shoe and clothing choices. Nude heels, short hems, and high-waisted clothes all make your legs seem longer. I hem all of the dresses and skirts I buy, and I’m always looking for high-waisted shorts and skirts because they make your legs appear to start higher up than they really do.

If you feel like nude heels are boring, I understand. Sometimes I prefer to use insanely high wedges to add height without as much of a risk of falling over. Don’t use nude wedges, though; I think that would make it look like you have hooves.

So, did I make you think, just for one second, that I’m tall? Nope, still 5’4"! Do you do anything to make your legs look longer? I better not see any bragging from tall people!

*vs. Venus Breeze over time