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BEAUTY RULES

 by kira nasrat

Kira Nasrat declares her live-and-die-by beauty rules.

Kira nasrat / PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARA STRICKER FOR THE VIOLET FILES

Known for giving out her cell phone number to clients, makeup artist Kira Nasrat is as beloved for her easy charm and humor as she is for her sophisticated smoky eye looks. Clients (who include Gwyneth Paltrow, Margot Robbie, and Jamie Chung) rely on her forthcoming honesty and the sage beauty advice she dispenses at a moment’s notice, and most have her on speed-dial. Here, Nasrat brings that same personalized service to Beauty Hotline, her monthly column for The Violet Files.  

Although her artistry can be described as diverse (she’s known for both her signature bedroom eyes and trademark subtle contour), Kira has a few beauty guidelines by which she always abides. Here, she shares her never-fail beauty rules for any and all occasions.

kira’s
beauty 101

BY kira nasrat

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Make sure you take care of your neck—after all, that’s what holds up your head. It’s really important to give it a lot of love, the same way you do the rest of your face. I recommend using a cream that’s going to help smooth any fine lines and erase any discoloration. The ReVive Neck Cream is phenomenal, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s in a beautiful jar to display on your vanity.

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You must exfoliate your body prior to applying self-tanner—nobody deserves to see your streaked, half-assed tanning technique. I love the African Botanics body exfoliator because it feels like you’re at a spa in a foreign country. It’s kind of like you are exfoliating your way to a vacation. I also like that it’s not abrasive. It’s gentle enough that it melts into the skin.

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I always say if your undereye area is not prepped and ready for concealer, you’re not ready to go out. I like to throw on the Sisley Eye Mask and try to meditate for 5 to 15 minutes—that way I kill two birds with one stone. The mask smooths out any lines and helps to de-puff, creating the perfect canvas for concealer.

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After you wash your face in the morning, make sure your lashes are dry before curling them. If you try to crimp your hair when it’s wet, it can break and cause damage. The same goes for lashes. So I like to wait for them to dry, then curl them with the Utowa Lash Curler.