Lauren Napier knows a few things about skin. The beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist who has worked with everyone from Gaga to “the 6 God” has seen the good, the bad and the straight up ugly. (“Blood facials! So strange and macabre!”) Napier recently added the entrepreneur notch to her hyphenate with the invention of her skin savior CLEANSE. Made with botanical extracts and the soothing ingredients chamomile, aloe and cucumber, Napier’s luxe cleansing wipes are game changers. Not tomention, environmentally responsible. (Psst: They’re 100 percent recyclable!) Now with the customers of exclusive retailers and e-tailers like Net-A-Porter clamoring over her product, the mug-maven is well on her way to building an empire all while helping people love and care for the skin they are in. 

ON MINDING HER OWN BUSINESS:

Entrepreneurship lives inside me. I am proud to say that all four of my great-grandparents owned businesses in the segregated south during the 50s and 60s.

ON HER LONGTIME JONES FOR MAKEUP:

I am from Texas. Southern women are born with big hair and lipstick. I started wearing makeup at age 16. I was permitted to buy makeup because I had a job and earned the right to buy and wear my own makeup! I wore mascara and lip gloss.

ON THE POWER OF A FRESH FACE:

My mantra is “there is beauty in taking it off.” I am a proponent of clean skin and radiant beauty. Makeup shouldn’t wear you! My approach to makeup is sheer skin. Less is more! 

ON SKIN NO-NOS:

The most significant mistake is covering and disguising blemishes with makeup instead of treating the skin. Sleeping in makeup is high on my list too — BIG mistake! Skin replenishes itself at night. Whatever is on your face absorbs into pores. This causes congestion and results in break-outs. Remember to cleanse before bed! 

ON THE BIRTH OF CLEANSE:

I was stuck in a window seat during a flight to Dubai. I wanted to cleanse my skin, cool down a bit. The packaged wipes I used irritated my skin. I was desperate to freshen up, so I reached in my bag and my wipes were bone dry. At that moment I was struck with the idea for my product.

ON WHY IT’S SO BOMB:

I used to drag a ton of products with me everywhere I went. I’d have to tote my complete skincare routine. CLEANSE’s ingredients eliminate having to travel with an entire cleansing system. I travel with CLEANSE, a moisturizer and a lip treatment. It’s also environmentally conscious; I use solar energies to engineer CLEANSE, and ensure the absence of micro beads.

ON WHAT’S TO COME:

New products will launch in 2017! The collection is innovative, infused with rich botanicals and skin nourishing ingredients. I will continue to encourage women to feel beautiful despite the high beauty standards we are faced with. 

“My mantra is ‘there is beauty in taking it off.’ I am a proponent of clean skin and radiant beauty. Makeup shouldn’t wear you!” 

SOME OF NAPIER’S SUMMER PICKS:

BABESCRUB GREEN TEA BODY SCRUB

I am a summer bunny. I live for warm weather and keep my skin prepped for it with this yummy scrub.

$17, BABESCRUB.COM

MISCHO BEAUTY NAIL LACQUER SET

Exposed toes are part of summer, so there is not a day that my toes aren’t varnished with one of the delightful shades of Mischo Beauty. They are formaIdehyde, paraben and cruelty free, as well as vegan! I can’t single out one favorite color; I adore them all! 

$54, MISCHOBEAUTY.COM

LILAH B. DIVINE LIP + CHEEK DUO

I am a big fan of these duos infused with nourishing elements from earth and sea. It’s my new favorite environment-friendly go-to.

$46, LILAHBEAUTY.COM

FUR OIL  

My new favorite skin and hair care product is called Fur, hair oil for your lady parts. It’s innovative and the natural progression to maintaining your nether regions! Fur leaves you feeling smooth and is perfect for soothing the bikini line. Definitely a must have!

$39, FURYOU.COM