Ask Rosalee: A Leg Up On Fashion
I have spider veins on my legs. It makes me very uncomfortable and self-conscious when I wear anything that shows my legs. I would love to have the confidence to wear what I want and not worry about my veins. What can I do? Thanks for your help!
-Kathy, 62; Madison
Thanks so much for your question! You got it right when you said, “I would love to have the confidence to wear what I want and not worry about my veins.” Fashion is all about confidence. If you are not feeling confident in what you are wearing, it will show in your face and in your posture. I am a firm believer in if you feel like you look good, so will everyone else. I hope to give you some tips that will have you feeling confident about yourself and your legs!
I will only be addressing the fashion side of this question. Please consult a medical professional to discuss preventative measures and treatment of spider/varicose veins.
If you are wanting to wear a skirt with bare legs, there are some great concealers to help camouflage your veins. These are a couple of my faves.
1. Use a high-pigment, opaque concealer as close to your skin color as possible. For the best application use a makeup sponge or your fingers to pat the concealer on the area you’d like to cover.
2. Make sure to blend the edges into your skin getting a thinner application as you go out from the vein.
3. Allow the makeup to dry for several minutes. When it is fully dry, dust a setting powder over the area, using a large makeup brush or use a setting spray. This will help the makeup stay in place and prevent it from rubbing off during the day.