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smUDGY CAt eye

The Parisian makeup artist reveals the necessary tools for waking up the eyes.

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.

When Violette needs to brighten up her tired eyes, she reaches for a liquid liner to open them up. Below, the Parisian makeup artist gives us an education in creating a daytime smudgy cat eye.

the smudgy
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“I like a black liner during the day that’s a bit smudged,” says Violette. “But I’m not going to make the wing too square or too slanted because it’s going to make my eyes round [instead of almond-shaped].” After drawing your line, use your finger to smudge at the lashline, layer eyeliner on top again, and smudge it once more. 

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Violette recommends starting right at the root of the lash when applying the Serge Lutens Comb Mascara. “It’s very important to me that the roots of the lashes are intense and fusion with the eyeliner as much as possible,” she says.

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When wearing eyeliner, Violette likes when you can see the natural dark circles under the eyes because it gives a more dramatic look. So instead of covering those up, use the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to remove any redness and reveal a glowing, plump complexion.

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“I’m going to use this Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint for a glowiness on my cheekbones,” says Violette. I use it everywhere.” After applying the Lid Tint, use the Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff at the center of the cheeks and top off the lips with the Sephora Cream Lip Stain. “It’s a super beautiful nude,” says Violette. “It’s not too white or too beige.”