There's no place for your legs to hide this summer. Wave goodbye to concealing thick tights, heavy trousers and boots and say hello to mini-skirts, micro-shorts and dresses with daunting thigh-high hemlines.

Flirty fashions are said to brighten up a dismal economic climate so our legs are in line for a hectic summer!

But panic not if your pins are in need a good makeover. Limber up with some TLC toning, de-fuzzing and clever glossing, and your limbs will rival those of the leggy supermodels in no time.

Tone Tactics

When it comes to flashing the flesh, cellulite can be the biggest body woe for women of any shape or size.

Take poor Mischa Barton, who was famously snapped last summer with heavily dimpled thighs during a sunbathing session in Australia.

The orange peel effect usually appears in areas that have poor circulation, so start your mission to achieve enviable legs with a twice-daily massage.

Combine with a firming anti-cellulite product to smooth the skin and help diminish lumps and bumps.

Expert tip: "To assist with cellulite, dry body brush every day," advises Sally Penford from the International Dermal Institute.

"Brush gently but briskly from the ankles to the knees, then from the knees to the bikini line. This will encourage the lymphatic circulation which is responsible for moving and eliminating toxins from the body."

Try: Soap & Glory Slimwear, £8.81 (Boots); Dior Body Contouring and Firming Concentrate, £37 (Dior counters nationwide); L'Oreal Body Expertise NutriSummer Tone Up, £7.82 (Boots); Fitflop Walkstar firming flip-flops, £36 (

Smooth Operator

Designer stubble is best left to David Beckham. Ladies' legs need be super-smooth and fuzz-free to carry off summer fake tans and shimmers to best effect.

The best time for shaving or using an epilator on your legs is after a bath or shower, when it's easier to remove hair as your pores are open.

Avoid using an epilator or hair removal cream just before you step out the house. Leaving the de-fuzz process until just before bedtime will allow any irritation or blotches to calm down overnight.

Expert tip: "Dead skin cells can cause ingrowing hairs by blocking the hair follicle. Exfoliate one or two days before de-fuzzing," says Heidi Edwards, Nair leg technician.

Try: Panasonic Wet and Dry epilator, £89 (; Khiel's Simply Marvellous Legs Shave Cream, £14 (0207 240 2411); Parissa Wax Strips for Legs & Body, £7.99 (Boots); Nad's Ingrow Solution, £9.99 (Boots); Bliss Get Out of Hair 3-in-1 hair minimizing moisture milk, £27 (

Shimmer & Shine

Make-up isn't just reserved for faces these days. Leg make-up is a celebrity's best friend on the red carpet. Think of it as concealer for your limbs to help vanish away unsightly blemishes, bruises and thread veins.

Skin on the lower leg is thinner and more prone to dry and flaking skin, so make sure you prep your pins first with a moisturising leg oil.

Expert tip: "To make legs appear slimmer and toned, first apply a natural fake tan all over legs, then take a shimmer, apply to the centre of the legs starting from the shin and blend all the way up to the top of the thigh," recommends Chase Aston, Body Shop international make-up artist.

Try: This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil, £32 (; YSX Vein Repair Cream, £22.95 (Superdrug); RioBlush City Girl Firming Leg Shimmer, £40 (; Boots No7 Bronzing Silk Legs, £11.50; The Body Shop Body & Leg Shine, £11.50.