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5 Steps to Minimizing Large

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You can’t get rid of your pores, but you can make them appear smaller! Here’s how to achieve naturally flawless looking and most importantly…healthy skin.

Step 1: Wash your face 1-2 times a day with a mild cleanser. Why it works: Excess oil causes pores to expand throughout the day. Washing the skin will reduce buildup and reduce pore size.

Step 2: Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Why it works: The black appearance inside of pores is due to oxidized pore debris. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells and debris from inside pores making them appear cleaner and smaller.

Step 3: Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Why it works: Too much sun exposure damages the skin causing pores to look larger.

Step 4: Use spot treatments. Why it works: Retinoids, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid or benzoyl peroxides are known to shrink pores. Clay masks and oil blotting wipes will also help keep excess oil under control.

Step 5: Choose the correct make up. Why its important: Many makeup products contain oil and talc which settle into pores and make them appear larger. Look for “noncomedogenic” labels meaning it won’t clog pores. Try our fragrance free, talc free, paraben free Naked Mineral Powder Foundation.mineral-makeup

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Makeup Travel Essentials

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Summer is officially here! For many of us that means it’s finally time for a vacation! So when it comes to your makeup, the question is what do I bring and what do I leave behind? Here are some tips and a look inside our makeup bag.

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Use Naked Cosmetics and go Nude

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Lately the trends rocking the runways, the red carpets and even the beaches has been all about the bold colors!  We love these looks and I don’t think the bold hues are going anywhere soon.  But sometimes an occasion (or a rough morning) calls for something more natural…more nude!

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The best 5 makeup looks

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There are trends and fads that we love and lose but there are also the staples, the go-to’s that we can always count on to make ourselves look our very best.  From our pro-team here are our 5 Favorite Makeup Looks.

  1. Matte Makeup – this flawless, gorgeous look has always been around.  Allowing your natural features to flourish and look fresh all day long.  Any of our Java or Naturally Nude pigments will enhance and beautify your skin.

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2. Glowing & Youthful – This youthful, girl-next-door, look is always fashionable and perfect for Sunday dinners or weddings!  Easy to achieve with PC-01 for highlighter and NN-04 for blush.

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3. The Smoky Eye – lay on some heat this date night with the perfect smokey eye.  Using DB-05 across the lids and SN-06 in the crease and on the water line, you can seriously add some sizzle to your game.

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4. Cat-Eye – what is considered Retro has actually always been a fashion hit.  There are lots of ways to personalize the cat eye technique and it couldn’t be simpler with a small angled makeup brush and DB-06 for a hint of mesmerizing sparkle.

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5. Bright Lips – VaVaVoom!  There is no better way to fake a great makeup day or flaunt a pouty lip.  Some of my favorite pigments for a rockin’ good lippie include DE-04, UR-04, TI-02 or MN-03.

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Don’t forget to tag us @NakedCosmetics in your Instagram pics so we can repost your fav looks using our pigments!

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Makeup Monday – Oscar Edition

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Hollywood’s biggest night,  The Oscars!  The stars were out and they were slaying that red carpet.  Unfortunately, Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t wear Shock Effect so I can’t do a whole post about him. (Congratulations Leo!!!)  So we will talk about the looks we CAN try to recreate.  Good thing for us is that lately, the trend is makeup that is great to wear every day, no matter the occasion.  Here are just some of the lovely ladies of the night.

Let’s start out with Sophie Turner.  She has such a gorgeous complexion and glow to her, and her dress was out of this world.  Her makeup was soft and went perfectly, it seems, with her personality.  For her look, use Twilight 03 on your eyes and Naturally Nude 04 with clear lip base on your lips.

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Next we move on to Lady Gaga.  Can we just think back for a moment about the Lady Gaga who used to show up dressed in the most over the top ensembles?   She completely went from the “shock” factor to the “wow” factor.  And it. is. Amazing.  To recreate her look, use Naturally Nude 02 on your eyes.  On your lips, use Blushing Bronze 03 with a little bit of clear lip base.

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Rachel McAdams matched her makeup to her dress.  To copy her look, use Ebony 03 and an angled liner brush.  Use the brush along the bottom lash line, and then along the top, blend out to create a beautiful emerald smokey eye.

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Kerry Washington looked absolutely flawless last night.  She focused on her eyeliner, which you can use Sierra Nevada 06 with an angled liner brush.  Her eye shadow was very soft, and for that you can use Sierra Nevada 02.  She went with a nude lip, so you can use our clear lip base on its own, or with a little Naturally Nude 02.

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Saoirse Ronan looked gorgeous!  Her dress was beautiful – it instantly reminded me of a mermaid.  Saoirse went with a smokey eye, and it had more of a matte look.  For this,use our eye primer to make the pigment more matte, along with Debonaire 05 and a little Debonaire 03 under the lower lash line.

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Have you ever wondered “How do these stars have SUCH amazing skin?!”  Try out our Naked Advanced Skin Cream!  With healing manuka honey, it is the perfect key to be on your way to glowing skin!  You have all the tools you need, let’s see your red carpet ready looks!