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Makeup artist and Violet Files contributor Robin Black advises on how to include more violet in your beauty routine.
Original Look: Violet Underye Liner | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey
Robin Black is a professional makeup artist, a skilled photographer, and the founder of Beauty is Boring. As a contributor to The Violet Files, she creates exclusive, one-of-a-kind looks for her column, The Black List.

Why not switch up your usual fall/winter smoky eyes and try a smoldering violet hue? Applied under the eye and balanced with a polished swipe of lipstick, it’s unexpected and sophisticated. You’ll find yourself wondering why you didn’t go bold, bright, and violet sooner. —R.B.
Model: Brittany @ Factor Women
Makeup: Robin Black 
Hair: Bobby Elliot 

THE VIOLET
UNDEREYE

BY ROBIN BLACK

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Begin by using the stick to draw a line down the center of the face, across the forehead, and on either side of the nose, with a dot on the chin. Then blend outward with a damp Beauty Blender.

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Use the peachy side of this concealer under your eyes to cover any darkness and the yellow end to camouflage red areas. The precision-point applicator allows you to dot the product exactly where you need it. Use a tap-and-roll motion (never rub) with your ring finger to blend. 

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An overly pink cheek color will compete with the brightness of the eyes; instead, create a subtle contour effect using this natural-looking bronzer. Apply a small amount under the cheekbones, on your temples and sides of your nose, and under your jaw with a Utowa Cheek Brush 22H.

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Rim the inside of your lower waterline with this smoky violet shade, then begin to smudge the color outward, creating the shape you like best. Don’t be afraid to go bold!

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Using a fluff brush, sweep the pale shimmering beige shade over your entire eyelid, then add the darker golden color in your crease. Blend the deep orchid hue over the Charlotte Tilbury Elizabeth Violet pencil under your eye for added intensity. For the final touch, tap a tiny bit of the shimmering pale beige on the inner corners of your eyes.  

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To add balance to this intense undereye look, use two coats of black mascara on the top lashes and one coat on the bottom. If your lashes are naturally straight, use Utowa’s eyelash curler before applying mascara.

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Brows should be groomed but have a natural feel. Using an angled brush and brow gel in a shade slightly lighter than your actual brows, fill in your natural shape, then comb through with a spoolie to remove excess product.

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For a slightly “blurred” lip look, skip the lip liner, apply a coat of La Mer The Lip Balm, wait five minutes, and put on lipstick. Blot the edges gently with your finger, then dab the center of your lips with a bit more color.

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