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by kira nasrat

Makeup artist Kira Nasrat answers all your beauty sleep questions.


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.  

Given that skin regenerates and repairs itself overnight, evening is the ideal time to apply your heavy-hitting skincare essentials. And, as Nasrat always says, the more time you put into your nighttime beauty regimen, the better your morning will be. Here, the artist presents the necessities for maximizing your overnight skincare—and looking your best the morning after.

I want products that will work while I sleep—what heavy hitters should I be wearing to bed?

The Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is perfect for sleep because it doubles as a night cream—this means you’ll wake up in the morning with super hydrated skin. I’m also a big fan of the ReVive Moisturizing Skin Renewal Cream because it has a bit of glycolic acid, which helps exfoliate and diminish dark spots. Don’t forget to apply the La Mer Hand Cream before bed. We can spend so much time on our faces that we forget about our hands, which also need hydration. There’s no point to looking young in the face when your hands will give away your age. Hands don’t lie!

How bad is it to sleep in your makeup?

It’s so (emphasis on so) bad to sleep in your makeup. If you tend to doze off with your foundation on you’re not letting your skin breathe, which can lead to acne and clogged pores. Also, the makeup can transfer onto your pillowcase, leaving your pillow stained and your skin congested. Cleansing before bed is my number-one beauty must. I’m obsessed with the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser because it removes all my makeup but doesn’t strip the skin. After washing, lather your face, neck, and décolletage with the African Botanics Marula Face Oil for intense moisture. Finally, just for fun, spritz on Chanel No. 5, which will automatically make you feel fabulous before turning in.

If all else fails, what are your tips for fighting morning-after puffy eyes?

Here’s my eye regimen to keep late nights from showing up on the face. Before going out, place your Tatcha Akari Massager in the fridge. When you wake up, apply the Sisley Eye Mask immediately. Take the Tatcha Akari Massager out of the fridge and massage the area around each eye for one minute to help the mask sink in. The cold will feel incredible and will help with blood circulation. Gently wipe off the excess mask with a tissue, then use the La Prairie Lip & Eye Contour to smooth and hydrate under the eyes. I love it because it’s not shiny, but it still brightens and gives the impression that you are awake and alert.

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