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For the woman who believes less is more, the artists of VIOLET GREY Melrose Place curate this definitive kit of three hardworking essentials.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three beauty products, which would you choose? (Beauty is requisite on a desert island, naturally.) The team at VIOLET GREY’s Melrose Place flagship store— manager Merrady Wickes, assistant manager Marisa Anhaltzer and makeup artists Jamie Keller and Christopher Miles—answer this existential dilemma with the Petite Melrose Place Set. Comprising their three most definitive essentials, the set’s multitasking power-products will take you wherever you need to go—whether the aforementioned island or simply from from bed to boardroom and desk to dinner. Below, the team explains their revelatory selections.

THE PETITE
MELROSE PLACE SET

VIOLET GREY GIFTS
THE PETITE MELROSE PLACE SET

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Some call it lip balm, we call it magic. Says Jamie, the mistress of perfectly, imperfect makeup, “Everybody needs one of these. It’s perfect for everyday and looks great on everyone.” Dior’s unique Color Reviver technology reacts with the chemistry of the lips, which means this hydrating balm looks different on every pout. Pretty on its own, Merrady notes it’s also great for prepping lips before you apply lipstick.

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This cream blush barely stays on the shelves at VIOLET GREY, such is the passion it inspires in the artists and clients alike. Christopher, who loves a defined cheekbone, praises its “elegant and easy,” quality, gushing over the perfect flush it bestows (natural looking, with just a hint of glow), plus its hydrating, moisturizing after-effects. A true chameleon, this particular shade suits practically everyone, and scores extra points from Marisa for its presentation, a chic leather zip pouch.

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Christopher, who has an obsession with big, beautiful lashes, dubs this mascara the “best ever” and “life-changing.” The lash-grabbing comb lends itself to easy, natural looks as well as dramatic ones — just layer until the desired effect is achieved, says Jamie. Lending length, curl, separation, and lift, the no-flake formula stays faithfully put through the day, the team effuses. There’s little need for falsies with this in your arsenal.

WHERE TO WEAR MATCHING
LIPS AND TIPS

If one must expand their desert island beauty wardrobe, matchings lips to tips is an obvious step.