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14 Tips to look better naked

Elizabeth Cullen is a freelance writer based in New York.

Look sexy naked

Though we may not be too critical of our partner's flaws -- after all, our lover is only human -- most women excel at seeing even the most minute problems with our own bodies. And that perception can make it really difficult to share ourselves with one of the people we love the most.
Sexy woman laying in bed

Whether you're annoyed by acne, shy about the chest you think is too flat or are holding onto five (or even 15) stubborn pounds, don't despair. We've got a few tricks to help you look better naked without ever having to hit the gym or resorting to plastic surgery or other painful procedures!

Below are 14 tips for looking sizzling in your birthday suit.

Get a tan

Colored sheets can give you the appearance of a warmer skin tone, even without a tan.

If you are self-conscious about your curves, tanning is a great way to look thinner without actually having to diet. For a chiseled face, sweep bronzer across the apples of your cheeks, or for Bar Rafaeli-like legs, use a darker bronzer on the outside of the leg and blend with a lighter shade on the inside. A tan can also hide other imperfections like spider veins and stretch marks.

Exfoliate!

Exfoliate, exfoliate: especially in the wintertime, skin tends to be dry and flaky, so it's important to scrub off dead skin cells in order to look radiant in the buff. Make sure that what he touches is perfectly soft so that he'll want to do it more... and more! After exfoliating, try substituting your regular moisturizer for one with a sexy sheen or, better yet, for baby oil.

Catch the wave

Try not to wash your hair, if possible. Styling is easier to do on day-old hair -- and tousled, wavy hair can be sexy. Leave it down so it falls at your shoulders for a natural look, which will also give him something to run his fingers through. Skip the product and extra hairspray too -- if his fingers get stuck, your scalp may get an unexpected (and not-so-sexy) yank!

Find a sensuous shimmer

Tinted moisturizer

Makeup may make you feel sexier; however, you don't want it to smear all over your sheets. Instead of using a heavy foundation or cream, opt for an oil-free tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone.

Touch up flaws

Make your eyes extra bright with some anti-redness eye drops!

Some Hollywood make-up artists swear by Preparation H to camouflage any bruises. (It's also been suggested that it can also minimize under-eye bags and fine wrinkles -- with the original formulation now found only in the Canadian version of Preparation H to be the most effective.)

Squeeze in a quick workout

Don't go all out with a full-body workout which can leave you fatigued, sweaty and in need of another shower, but a few wall push ups and squats will get the blood pumping in your muscles and leave them appearing more toned.

Limit your food & drink

While it might seem like a good idea to calm your nerves by having a nice large meal or downing a couple of glasses of wine for that extra "liquid" courage, eat and drink only lightly before stripping down to the nude. (Otherwise you will risk looking bloated... like you're pregnant with a food baby.)

Opt for a warm fragrance

Retro perfume bottle

Looking sweet is irrelevant if you don't also smell great. Draw attention to your décolletage and wrists by dabbing on a warm, spicy fragrance such as Coco by Coco Chanel. (For more perfume/fragrance suggestions, see how to find the right scent for you!)

Adjust the temperature

For an extra turn-on, rub some ice on your nipples so that they show just enough before you undress!

You will also want to make sure the temperature in the room isn't too hot or cold before ditching your clothes. Too warm will have you sweating, whereas icy temps will leave you shivering and spiky from your recent shave.

Grooming... down there

And don't forget to groom the hair down there! Accessorize your bikini line with crystals or have it waxed into a playful shape. Or, for those who prefer to go au naturel, just a quick trim with scissors can make all the difference.

Accessorize

Just because you are naked doesn't mean you can't accessorize! High heels are sexy and have the advantage of making your legs look especially lean -- plus, heels give your butt an extra lift. Or, for a more playful option, don a feather boa or a rocking piece of dangly jewelry that you can also use to tickle and tease him later.

Get pampered

Red nail polish

Don't underestimate the power of a simple mani/pedi. When your hands and feet are in tip-top shape, you benefit from the self confidence boost, and it shows! Splurge on a manicure and pedicure, and don't be afraid to try out a little color. Go for something bold and red, or soft and warm like a peach or plum hue. The callus removal will leave your feet touchably soft, so he'll love it when you rub your feet against his... you may even luck out with a foot rub!

Find the right lighting

Isolated candle

Looking good naked isn't just about your skin -- a soft lighting scheme can help flatter your figure. Avoid harsh fluorescents whenever possible, and instead try to incorporate mood lighting, such as candles, uplighting or floor lamps.

Get confident

Lastly, don't forget to enjoy yourself. Remember, if you feel sexy and fabulous, you will look it -- even in the buff... and confidence is, after all, the ultimate sexiness! Smile, practice good posture and have a positive attitude!

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