Between the Sheets: Looking Good No Matter What

If there’s one area in your life where you’re most exposed, it’s in the bedroom. Clothes can do wonders for disguising weight gain (Spanx, anyone?) but once the clothes come off, the truth is revealed.

So, how can you feel your best when you’re not looking your best? Try the tips below and he’s likely not to notice a thing!

1. START WITH MEAL PREP
No matter how thin we are, every woman has a belly pooch after a big meal. So, don’t go for dinner, straight into the bedroom, and start on dessert. Eat a light dinner with no sodium-filled appetizers or entrees and skip the booze. This will keep your belly flat for the main event later.

2. GO A LITTLE DARKER
It’s a proven fact that every woman looks thinner with a tan. A good spray tan, with contouring on your abs, chest and thighs, can take 10-15 pounds off your frame. St. Tropez makes a fantastic one that turns every skin tone the perfect bronze shade with no streaks. If you’re a newbie to self-tanner, splurge on a professional job at a salon for about $30.

3. YOUR BEST LIGHTING
Bad lighting can wreak havoc on any face and body, no matter how beautiful. The most flattering light for a woman to be viewed by in the bedroom is candlelight. (We know, you were hoping for pitch darkness. Sorry, men are visual creatures and they need to see you.) Keep the lights off and a few candles burning in the corners of the room. Don’t forget to blow them out before you fall asleep!

4. STYLE YOUR HAIR FOR HEIGHT
It’s true that the more elongated you look, the thinner your frame — and a good hairstyle can lengthen your whole body. If you have shoulder-length hair or longer, tease the roots of your hair, hairspray it, and then flat iron the ends. This will create the illusion of height from your head down.

5. SHOW CONFIDENCE
We hear it from men over and over again—the best thing you can wear is your confidence. Men are attracted to a woman with a high dose of self-esteem. Or, as comedian Chris Rock recently told Redbook magazine, “It’s odd that women don’t want to have sex when they gain weight. Mind you, men aren’t the ones saying we don’t want to have sex because she’s put on a few pounds. She is!”

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