How To Look Gorgeous On No Sleep

What did you do last night, collegiettes™? Stay out late at the bars? Trudge home from the library in the wee hours of the morning? Odds are, with finals coming up and holiday parties going down, you’ve been losing some sleep. It’s tough to keep your makeup and skin looking great after all those late nights! Cue makeup artist Faye Wypiszynski: founder and owner of Feya Cosmetics based in Chicago, IL. Faye knows how to keep you looking fresh and awake. After all, her past clients include Tipper Gore—if she can make a politico’s wife look alive on a grueling campaign trail, she must be able to make us collegiettes™ look alive during finals. Read on for her insider tips!

  • Don’t be afraid of oil! Faye notes that young women often make the mistake of avoiding oil-based soaps like the plague. She insists that “oil on top of the skin generally won’t make you break out. Young skin in changing weather often dries out too much, causing the surface skin to flake.” Faye recommends switching to a milder, milky cleanser in the winter months. Replace missing moisture with a gentle face wash like Cetaphil.
  • Avoid harsh products. Faye advises against using “constant-exfoliating products like Proactiv” without giving your skin a rest. Products that use harsh agents to control acne are actually more effective if you don’t use them constantly, says Faye. This way, you can get the benefits of exfoliation without over-drying your skin in the cold months.
  • Moisturize. You knew that, right? While this sounds like a no-brainer, it’s important to think about the products you’re using—all moisturizers are not created equal. Faye swears by Bioelements products. With fun names like Calmitude and reasonable prices for professional skincare, I can’t wait to try them out!
  • Clean up around your eyes. Faye insists that the best way to make your eyes look fresh in the morning is to wash all your makeup off at night. It seems simple, but I know I’ve woken up with mascara smeared on my pillow on more than one occasion . . . and I’ve never looked that good on those mornings.
  • Bronze the right way. To girls that are still bronzing their entire face in December, Faye would like to remind you: “It’s not summer anymore.” She’s not opposed to using a powder bronzer in the winter months, but advises you switch up the application. “Instead of using a big powder brush all over your face, use a smaller blush brush to apply bronzer more like blush,” she says. This will give you a warm (read: living) color to your cheeks, but look natural and realistic (read: not Snooki).