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violette’S
kissable lip

The Parisian makeup artist reveals her technique for securing a kiss.

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.

“I love to use makeup like a weapon of seduction,” says Violette. “I like wearing sunglasses with a lipstick because then you’re not distracted by the eyes. The only thing you see is the lips, and usually you will get a kiss in a short amount of time.” In this week’s tutorial outside Moon Juice, Violette fashions a bold berry pout and an invitation for a kiss at the end of the evening.

the kissable
lip tutorial

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“This [Serge Lutens lipstick packaging] is so chic,” says Violette. The makeup artist suggests using the pointy tip of the lipstick to define the lip, then filling it in with your finger. “I blend to make it a little bit more accessible and not intimidating,” she adds. “I like when it’s not too graphic or too perfect. We call this lèvres mordues, like bitten lips. It doesn’t look too fixed or too hard. It looks a bit fresh.”

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Even though the Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere in Luster is a highlighter, Violette also uses it as a blush on the cheekbones to create a luminous complexion.

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One of Violette’s favorite scents is the In Fiore Fumée D’Ambre Parfum. She advises putting it behind the ears, on the insides of the wrists, and on the cleavage. “Et voilà,” says Violette. “Now let’s try to find someone to kiss.”