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7 tips to feel more confident naked

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Find your light

Lighting can be incredibly kind or terribly cruel (We're looking at you, work bathroom). To soften the appearance of fine lines and blemishes, show off your naked self in bright, natural light, according to boudoir photographer Tara McMullen. “I adore shooting my outdoor boudoir sessions during ‘golden hour,’ which is about two hours before sunset. The light at this time of day allows for glowing, softly-lit, and ethereal images.” READ MORE: Celebrity hair: All the cuts and colours in 2015

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Exfoliate

You know what doesn’t look good naked – dry skin! Exfoliate in the shower, says makeup artist Jodi Urichuk. “When old cells start to layer up on the skin's surface it can appear dull and dry. It can also lead to clogged pores resulting in blemishes." Her must-have product: Clarisonic Smart Profile Face and Body ($299 at sephora.ca). READ MORE: The must-have beauty products to bring to a summer wedding

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Moisturize

“Radiance is key to conceal minor imperfections and to create a more defined and slim-looking silhouette,” says Urichuk. She loves Prtty Peaushun ($39, prttypeaushun.com) a tinted, skin-tightening cream that’s been called "Photoshop in a bottle" thanks to light-reflecting particles that conceal minor imperfections. A word of advice: this is not a self-tanner, so beware transfer onto clothes. Save it for full-on birthday suit moments. READ MORE: 12 beauty secrets from Eva Mendes

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Try a self-tanner

We love Lancôme Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Body Gel ($39.50, sephora.ca). For streak-free application, be sure to exfoliate and apply in a circular motion, says Urichuk. READ MORE: Adventures in fake tanning

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Stand tall

The way you carry yourself can make a huge difference, says BeFiT fitness trainer Courtney Prather. She recommends keeping shoulders back, torso long and back straight to appear longer and leaner. READ MORE: 1 bride, 5 different beauty looks

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Build lean muscle

Women carry our weight in our tummies, thighs, buttocks and arms – and for many of us it’s not going anywhere thanks to our hormones. Still, exercise can help. Prather loves this circuit: tricep dips; squat jumps (lower into a deep squat and then jump as high as you can) and plank tuck jumps for abs. For the latter, start in a plank position, jump feet to hands lifting hips to the ceiling and land on the balls of your feet with your knees bent. Jump back to plank position. Do 10-15 reps of each exercise, and three sets in total. READ MORE: Hairstyles you can sweat in

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7 tips to feel more confident naked

How to feel more confident naked: Fake it until you make it

Remember when Bridget Jones finally shows off her “wobbly bits” to Mark Darcy? That takes a lot of self-love, which we can all use more of. “The one thing I hear most often from women is ‘I would love to do a shoot in the nude, but only once I’ve lost 10 pounds,’” says McMullen. “The body you are in today is your perfect body…Be in your body, love your body, and celebrate your bravery!” READ MORE: 6 superfoods you've never heard of

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