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violette’S 
Rules Of
Foundation

The makeup artist demonstrates how to fake a perfect complexion with a light-handed, strategic approach to coverage.

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—and no contouring.

It seems Parisians prefer to go au naturel when it comes to foundation. So for days that call for cover-up, we asked French beauty expert Violette to share her preferred formula and show us how to get a flawless base—à la française.

Foundation
Rules

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To start with a clean slate, Violette gently removes her makeup with Klorane cleansing wipes. She then sprays Eau Thermale Avene’s soothing Thermal Spring Water on her beautyblender to moisten the sponge and soothe skin.

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“Foundation is also used to make your skin more plump and more smooth; it’s not only used to cover or hide imperfections.” Looking for something a bit sheer and not too dry, Violette selects Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5. Her tip: apply foundation only where needed, leaving the bridge of your nose bare to create the illusion that you are not wearing foundation at all.

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Violette then dusts on a mineral face powder from M·A·C to lock in her foundation. She uses Chanel's Pinceau Blush Blush Brush #4 to apply a medium dark powder under her eyes, around her nose and chin, and on the tip of her nose. Next, our expert applies a pearly luminizer on her cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, chin, and the bridge of her nose using a highlighting technique she learned at art school.

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Violette adds a layer of VIOLET GREY’s exclusive lid tint for some serious glow. “It’s for lids,” she says, “but I love it on the face just to make it even more dewy.”

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With an ultra-soft Hourglass brush, the makeup artist blends NARS Orgasm blush on the apple of her cheeks. The peachy pink shade is universally flattering and adds a hint of golden shimmer.

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“I really love the texture,” Violette gushes about La Prairie’s eye and lip duo. The eye-gel acts as a base for her Colourpop eyeshadow in Hammered. “Thanks to the base I used on my eyes it’s so smooth and easy to apply,” she notes, “it really helps me achieve the effect of a tinted eyelid.”