A bona fide beauty expert, minimalist, make-up artist and skincare enthusiast, Lauren Napier talks about her love for beautiful skin.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR CAREER PATH?
" I was inspired by my love for beautiful skin and natural beauty. I love the way healthy skin reflects health, beauty and vitality. I was inspired by really awful makeup I once saw on a magazine cover. There was just too much. You couldn't see the actress for the silver makeup caked over her eyes and I thought, I should be doing this! My makeup philosophy is, " don't lose the woman beneath the makeup".
WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE?
"I don't have one single influence figure in my life. I try to learn from everyone I encounter as well as history. My great grandparents were all business owners, my grandmother a city council women and my mother has a double masters and is working toward a PHD - how can you not be inspired by that lineage?".
WHAT DOES BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU?
"Beauty is vast and broad. It's not just one thing to me. Beauty is strength, confidence , kindness. Those attributes shine through so it's not just visual, you can feel and experience beauty too".
YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR YOUNG GIRLS/WOMEN:
"Love yourself, embrace your individuality, think for yourself".
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES TODAY FOR WOMEN:
" I think today women are the more powerful and influential that we have ever been in history , we are also challenged more than ever. There are many issues facing women. Not having access to capital and equal pay is a challenge and a hindrance when trying to become upwardly mobile".
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN:
IS THERE ANY WOMAN YOU LOOK UP TO?
"I am inspired by so many women, the women in my family have molded my personality, sense of style, work ethic and the way I maneuver through life. They are smart, strong, supportive, funny and beautiful. There are many women who inspire me First Lady Michelle Obama, Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Graham, Iman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards - so many".
ON YOUR DAY OFF?
"I find a place in the sun".
YOUR DAILY BEAUTY ROUTINE
"Cleanse and hydrate morning and at night".
YOUR BEAUTY/SKINCARE ADVICE
""Simplicity is elegance."
YOUR FEEL GOOD INDULGENCE
"I have a very hearty and healthy appetite, my feel good indulgence is high calorie, saucy and delicious meal. I mean double appetizer and double dessert type of meal".
YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION OR HOT SPOT?
"I love to travel. I love a beach. I want to visit Italy again and the Mediterranean Sea".
WHAT'S NEXT FOR LAUREN NAPIER?
"2017 will see new product launches that are innovative and focused on specific skin issues. You're going to LOVE what's next!!"
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