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Lessons on the most provocative cosmetic combination: a bold lip alongside a smoky eye.
Written By Lexy Lebsack
There are certain beauty rules one should never question: 1. Wash your face before bed. 2. Wear SPF daily, even when it rains. 3. Do not over-tweeze your eyebrows — ever. Then there are those rules that were made to be broken. While a bold lip and a smoky eye worn together is at the top of many “don’t” lists, it is a look that, when done properly, commands the right kind of attention. Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart, which means that it’s perfectly suited for the upcoming holiday-party season.
For VIOLET GREY’s cover shoot with actress Emily Blunt, makeup artist Jenn Streicher used her deft hand to create an unexpected duo consisting of a glossy, bordeaux lip and an imperfect, gilded eye. The trick to pulling off the pairing? Streicher used two lip colors, cleverly applied to create a dimensional effect, which leaves a softer impression than a single shade. Meanwhile, she kept the eyes rooted in earthy colors with a luminous finish, thanks to a metallic sheen. The result is surprisingly wearable and utterly sophisticated. Streicher’s step-by-step tutorial to master the intriguing look, below.

THE
GOLDEN EYE & 
RUBY LIP
TUTORIAL

BY JENN STREICHER

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Always start on the eyes before foundation or concealer. [Editor’s note: This allows for easy cleanup of smudged eye makeup.] To begin, take the Laura Mercier Sandglow stick and blend it directly onto the inner corners of the eyes and onto the top and bottom lash line over approximately the inner third of the eyes.

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Next, contour the eyes by applying M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Smut to the outside third of the lid and into the crease using a classic shadow brush. Slowly build the color up and out to get a lifted shape. (Violet says: Try Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10 for shadow application.)

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Using the same shadow brush from step two, dust the copper color of this Tom Ford palette over the entire lid (top right hue). Switch to a thin shadow brush (Violet says: Use Bobbi Brown’s Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush) to apply the same hue under the bottom outer lash line. Then apply the darkest color from the quad along the top lash line with the same brush. Wipe the thin brush clean and intensify the highlighted effect by layering the gold hue over the creamy shadow from step one.

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Prep the skin by applying Hourglass’s Primer Serum No. 28 and let it set for a few minutes. Then dab and blend Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Foundation directly onto skin using a wet sponge. (Violet says: Try the Beautyblender.)

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Use this foundation stick as a concealer, but focus on the T-zone, including the area under the eyes, around the nose, and on the chin. Select a color one shade lighter than your complexion, which gives a highlighted effect to the face. Blend it over the skin where needed with the same damp sponge.

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Contour the cheeks with Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow and the brand’s Powder & Sculpt Brush. Dust the darker color under the hollow of the cheekbones, bringing the powder forward until you reach the area just under the apple of the cheeks. Then use a fatter brush to pat the highlighter (the pale hue) on the top of the cheekbones and on the center of the forehead. (Violet says: Try Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Powder Brush for the second portion of this step.)

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Balance the bold lip and eye with a defined brow. Brush the brows down and fill in the top border of the brows using Hourglass’s Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, then brush them back up to reveal a nicely defined line.

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Use two different colors to create a dark lip with a dimensional, almost-ombré look. To start, apply a thin layer of NARS’s Audacious Lipstick in Liv (the darker hue) over the entire lip using a lip brush, then dab the lighter shade, Rita (pictured), directly onto the center of the lips. Finish with a layer of M.A.C.’s Clear Lip Glass.   

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society

In polite society,
a lady knows the RULES can always be
bent, and occasionally broken
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cover story:
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