Style + Beauty

How to Hide Spider Veins and Stretch Marks This Bikini Season

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Don't let bruises, blisters, blue veins and stretch marks keep you from baring your legs this summer. You can don the shortest shorts, highest-cut bikinis, and mini(est)-skirts with just a little bit of extra coverage (that is, if you choose to, of course.)

Read on to discover three ways to hide your tiny imperfections during the warmer months:

Problem: Stretch Marks Solution: Self-Tanner Giving yourself an all-over bronze this summer will distract from an uneven skin tone. To camouflage stretch marks, strategically apply a self-tanner like Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($14) with a Q-tip on lighter areas.

Problem: Bruises Solution: Body Cover-Up Somehow, summer seems to lend itself to more unidentified bumps and bruises. For excellent coverage, turn to body makeup, such as Dermablend Leg and Body Cover SPF 15 ($31). This professional-grade product can even mask tattoos. Just apply over dark spots and top with the setting powder ($26) for all-day coverage.

Problem: Spider Veins Solution: Yellow Concealer Minimize the appearance of blue-green lines caused by varicose and spider veins by using a yellow or orange waterproof concealer like Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector ($5). Then apply a body foundation over the top to cover the problem spots. You can also help minimize the appearance of veins prior to slipping into a bikini by wearing support stockings on the airplane before your next vacation.