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.
M·A·C Eye Shadow in Sketch is a rich burgundy shade that’s deep enough for a smoky look, while being more approachable than black. Dip the Utowa Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10 into the color, and pat onto the eyelid, concentrating at the lash line. The artist confides she always starts at the center so she can blend out slowly, using both the brush and her fingertips, then uses the tip of the brush to create a “pointy” shape at the outer corner.
Get definition with lots of CHANEL Le Volume de Chanel Mascara on both top and bottom lashes. A champagne-toned highlighter adds radiance to the high points of the face (think: inner corners of eyes, tops of cheeks, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow). We recommend Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Powder.
Finish with a swipe of the ultra-hydrating lip balm in La Prairie’s Anti-aging Eye & Lip Perfection à Porter, and you’re ready to go.
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In this week’s French Class, Violette tells us to chill.