smoky eye

Makeup artist Violette stops by Melrose Place to teach us how to add a little va-va-voom to the smoky eye.

Meet Violette—a girl who is more likely to be found applying makeup in the backseat of a moving vehicle or on the streets of New York than she is perched at her vanity. A girl who, like you, always has someplace to be and no time to get there. In this weekly video series, VIOLET GREY follows the Parisian makeup artist around town to chronicle her infamous on-the-go beauty routines. The rules? No crew, no set, no artificial lighting, no retouching—and no contouring.

While in LA, Violette made a pilgrimage to our flagship boutique on Melrose Place to have a chat in the garden while, naturally, showing us how to add a little something extra to the classic smoky eye.  “A matte, dark eyeshadow can look older. I think when your eyeshadow is a little bit more dewy, then it looks a bit more rock and roll. More dramatic.” By opting for shades of bronze and burgundy, and finishing with a glow, the result is decidedly modern and youthful.


In this week’s French Class, Violette tells us to chill.


Violette demonstrates how to apply a rosy flush while on the go.