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Makeup artist Dotti’s guide to Cindy Crawford’s cocoa smoky eyes and contoured cheeks.
Written By Lexy Lebsack
Photography By Emma Summerton
Makeup By Dotti
Hair By Serge Normant
Nails By Marisa Carmichael
Styled By Sally Lyndley
Makeup artist Dotti’s guide to Cindy Crawford’s cocoa smoky eyes and contoured cheeks  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
Beautiful makeup that transcends occasions — or, as VIOLET GREY calls it, never-fail makeup — is the Cadillac of the cosmetics world. No matter the location, time of day or latest trends, it always impresses upon arrival. The above artistry of Australian makeup artist Dotti, a thoughtful combination of earthy-colored eye shadows, cleverly applied highlighter and hydrated lips is universally flattering for every complexion and occasion. Not that it’s difficult to make Cindy Crawford look camera-ready. For the supermodel's cover shoot with VIOLET GREY, Dotti (who also works with Naomi Watts, Katie Holmes and Blake Lively) was inspired by Ali McGraw to build an all-American look with depth and dimension.
“This look came from the idea that all a woman needs to do her makeup is a basic kit,” Dotti told VIOLET GREY. “I used colors like coffee, taupe and brown, then I added highlighter on top.” Her expert touches added a special edge to Crawford’s wear-with-everything look. First, she diluted foundation with moisturizer to create a sheer base, then she dabbed luminizer into the inner corners of eyes, and she kept lips soft and hydrated with a rich, lightly tinted balm instead of lip color.
Dotti’s supermodel-approved tutorial, and The Violet Code–approved products that should be included in every woman’s mainstay kit, below.

THE
never-fail
makeup
tutorial

BY DOTTI
The Australian makeup artist's step-by-step guide to Cindy Crawford's wear-with-everything beauty look.
Makeup artist Dotti’s guide to Cindy Crawford’s cocoa smoky eyes and contoured cheeks  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

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To begin, mix a dab of moisturizer into YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation on the back of your hand before applying to skin with a damp sponge. This provides a sheer base that lets the skin show through. Then cover any lingering imperfections with Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer with a small brush.

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To lightly contour the face, dust Nars’ Bronzing Powder in Laguna under the hollows of the cheekbones, along the jawline and on the forehead. This gives skin definition and warmth without appearing overly made up. Blend a few drops of Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer in No. 11, a sheer peachy hue, onto the apples of cheeks.

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Lightly groom brows by brushing them up with a spooly brush and filling in only where needed with Laura Mercier’s Brow Definer and an angled brush (Violet says try Utowa’s Oblique Eyebrow Brush 70B). The trick is to use short strokes that mimic the length of real hairs.

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For a naturally smoky effect, slowly layer various neutral shades on the eyelids. Use a taupe hue (M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Charcoal Brown) to define the crease, layer a shimmery tan (M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe) on top, then build the desired intensity with a warm, coppery brown (Nars’ Duo Eye Shadow in Cordura). Curl the lashes and apply two coats of Serge Lutens’ Cils Cellophane Mascara in Black.

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Dab Nars’ The Multiple in Copacabana directly into skin and blend with your fingers in a C shape: Begin under the arch of the eyebrow, swoop around the outside of the eye and end on the top of the cheekbones. Use your finger to dab the highlighter into the inner corners of the eyes and on the inner portion of the eyelid for a bright-eyed look.

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To finish, apply By Terry’s Baume de Rose to hydrate lips and add a light, healthy sheen. (If you require a lip color Violet says YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Pink in Devotion lipstick delivers a sheer wash of rosy pink to lips.)

artist
profile

by evelyn crowley
The résumé of New York–based makeup artist Dotti reads like a dermatologist’s wish list: The Aussie native is responsible for Alicia Keys’ lit-from-within glow, Emma Watson’s fresh-scrubbed flush and Cate Blanchett’s age-defying luminescence.

“My obsession with skin borders on Hannibal Lecter territory,” says Dotti, who uses only her surname professionally, with a laugh. “I always need it to look alive, no matter what texture I’m trying to achieve.” Raised on a sugar-cane farm near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Dotti came to makeup by way of the special-effects department, “making body parts and veins and things like that,” she explains. After realizing her preference for beauty over gore, she took an apprenticeship under Richard Sharah, the Australian makeup artist who rose to prominence in the 1970s collaborating with David Bowie. “He was my first great teacher and a true mentor,” she says. She also sought the tutelage of Pat McGrath, enlisting as one of the makeup guru’s Fashion Week assistants for several seasons.In 2006, after years of studying her craft, Dotti landed her first assignment for Italian Vogue. It was the equivalent of graduating with honors. “I had to pinch myself,” she says. “That’s when I realized I’d really made it.”

Today, Dotti’s schedule is a nonstop mix of celebrity appointments, ad campaigns (past clients include Olay and Estée Lauder) and editorial shoots for publications like Vogue and W. To stay balanced and keep stress at bay, she does “loads” of yoga and Pilates and maintains a strict vegan diet. But don’t mistake her healthful lifestyle for a boring one. “I love a good vodka and a night out dancing,” she says. “Trust me.”
Artist Profile: Dotti  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit
My obsession with SKIN borders on Hannibal Lecter territory.
— dotti, makeup artist
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